July 2, 2014
TARDEC is committed to supporting educational and outreach programs that advance the objectives set forth by the White House to increase undergraduate STEM degrees by 1 million during this decade. Through programs like Robotics, Engineering and Technology (RET) Days, the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, and FIRST Robotics, students from elementary schools through college gain exposure to real-world technology that may inspire them to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or math.
The Department of Commerce has estimated that STEM occupations will grow 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations from 2008--2018. In order to meet these workforce needs, the United States will need around 1 million more STEM professionals than are projected to graduate over the next decade, according to the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.
TARDEC's ability to perform its mission in the future depends on today's students earning STEM degrees and becoming the next generation of innovators. Our organization supports STEM outreach events throughout the year, such as the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) for college students, FIRST Robotics for high school students, and eCYBERMISSION for middle-schoolers. Please refer to the resources on this page to learn how you can partner with TARDEC to further our nation's science, technology, engineering and math goals.