Bel Air, Md. — Sixty high school students, 30 middle school students and 10 high school teachers from around the U.S. and as far away as Italy and South Korea recently attended the Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI) in separate sessions to expand their knowledge and experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and managed by ORAU, the JSTI research programs were held at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, the Army Research Laboratory and Harford Community College in Maryland.
The JSTI for high school teachers and high school students was a two-week, fully-funded residential research program for students and teachers in the United States and in U.S. Department of Defense schools around the world. The program, which took place July 22 through Aug. 4, included projects such as the development of an in vitro diagnostic device for blood-brain and intestinal barrier models, 3-D printing and design, and environmental water quality.
For middle school students, the JSTI experience was a one-week, fully-funded residential STEM challenge program that provided them with opportunities to complete challenges and projects. By doing hands-on projects, students developed problem-solving and collaboration skills. The middle school program, which took place July 30 through Aug. 4, focused on 3-D printing, forensic chemistry, and the technology and engineering of drones and pinewood derby cars.
“By providing students and teachers with the opportunity to be immersed in STEM research and professional lab environments, we are providing them an experience that will excite them about science and encourage them to pursue STEM careers,” said Marie Westfall, who manages the program for ORISE.
The high school students and teachers gained experiences in world-class laboratories and collaborated with research scientists. They learned new skills and conducted STEM research. Middle school students were introduced to STEM research as they worked in small teams meant to inspire them to continue their STEM education in the future. The program encouraged all of the participating students to pursue STEM careers, provided an awareness of career options and helped students gain confidence in their own abilities.
Teachers carry this experience and knowledge back to their classrooms to engage students and to guide students with STEM career paths.
For a complete list of JSTI student and teacher participants visit, https://orise.orau.gov/jsti/participants.htm
ORISE is a U.S. Department of Energy institute focusing on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, assess environmental cleanup, respond to radiation medical emergencies, support national security and emergency preparedness, and educate the next generation of scientists. ORISE is managed by ORAU.
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