The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command's U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center, or ATC, hosted approximately 50 ninth graders from Cecil County High Schools, Bohemia Manor and Elkton, for the Team Aberdeen Proving Ground Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, Expo at the Aberdeen Test and Evaluation Facility on Aberdeen Proving Ground.
The students were broken into small groups as they rotated through five hands on workshops, which gave the students an insight of some of the STEM career paths and degrees that lead to testing and evaluating emerging technologies and leading edge instrumentation.
The workshops included: Body Armor Interactive Demonstration, where students learned about the properties of protective gear including weight and the impact those properties have on the human body; High Speed Video Interactive Demonstration, where students learned the methodology of capturing velocity data as well as diagnosing failure and providing analysis; Vehicle Course Monitoring Interactive Demonstration, where students learned about structured testing as well as why and how testing is needed for emerging activities; Robotics Demonstration, where students observed the interaction between Soldiers and a machine by picking up items and maneuvering through obstacles; and Non-Destructive Test Interactive Demonstration, where students learned how to find the most minute imperfections through magnetic particles inspection.
ATC's Commander, Col. Morris L. Bodrick, explained to the students that many of the employees who work at ATC have been in the exact same footsteps as some of these students. "It's going to take a lot of hard work and dedication to get to this point, but just know one day you are going to help serve this great country."