Science & Technology Corner

STEM: DoD Engineers in the Community

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are critical components of the work within the Department of Defense (DoD), and within the nation’s commercial and industrial base. The nation’s STEM workforce is developed in part through partnerships among government, industry, and academia.

Dr. Jeffrey Long with Mr. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense

DoD’s TRMC Staff and students share their thoughts on a story in a February Meeting of the CBBC

Dr. Jeffrey Long with Mr. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense

DoD’s TRMC Staff making reading fun in a February Meeting of the CBBC

Dr. Jeffrey Long with Mr. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense

DoD’s TRMC Staff and students share their thoughts on a story in a February Meeting of the GEMS

There are a number of formal and informal programs across the Department that support developing the future STEM workforce. The most recent addition is the 'Adopt-a-School' Initiative, launched by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test & Evaluation (DT&E)/Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) on February 2, 2015. Barcroft Elementary School, located in South Arlington, Virginia is the first “Adopt-a-School” under this new initiative.

The partnership with Barcroft consists of two programs: the Cool Boys Book Club (CBBC) and Girls for Engineering, Mathematics and Science (GEMS). The CBBC engages elementary school boys with books and stories in their interest areas to enrich their reading skills and provides them with male role models. The GEMS program uses hands-on experiments to build interest in science, engineering, and math for elementary school girls and introduces them to female role models who work in technical fields.

The TRMC volunteers are matched with students who need to improve their skills in reading, math, or science. TRMC volunteers meet with their students on a weekly basis during the students' lunch period or after school. Volunteers work with the students to establish individual goals, and then meet with the students regularly to encourage forward progress and provide mentorship. Ultimately, TRMC aims to boost students’ self-confidence, stimulate new concepts and ideas, and fuel their desire to learn.

To learn more, contact osd.pentagon.ousd-atl.mbx.trmc@mail.mil

Updated 2/27/15
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