Army Engineers support STEMposium with DoDEA students from across Europe
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District Engineering Branch Chief Nathan Fox chats with a high school student about the wide range of career opportunities in engineering and the many missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday December 5, 2023 during the career fair portion of the STEMposium hosted by the Department of Defense Education Activity Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany. Europe District supported the DoDEA Europe’s annual STEMposium event by providing expertise to students working on real-world problem-solving projects and engaging science, technology, engineering and math students during the STEMposium career fair. (U.S. Army photos by Chris Gardner) (Photo Credit: Christopher Gardner) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Engineers support STEMposium with DoDEA students from across Europe
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District Environmental Branch Northern Section Chief Patricia Jackson answers questions from high school students about water filtration as part of their real-world problem-solving projects Tuesday December 5, 2023 during the subject matter expert “STEMinar” portion of the STEMposium hosted by the Department of Defense Education Activity Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany. Europe District supported the DoDEA Europe’s annual STEMposium event by providing expertise to students collaborating on projects and engaging science, technology, engineering and math students during the STEMposium career fair. (U.S. Army photos by Chris Gardner) (Photo Credit: Christopher Gardner) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Engineers support STEMposium with DoDEA students from across Europe
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Rachel Kolesnikov-Lindsey represented the U.S. Air Force and Space Force while speaking to high school students from 21 DoDEA schools across Europe about the wide range of opportunities a STEM education provides as she kicked off the STEMposium career fair Tuesday Dec. 5, 2023 in Wiesbaden, Germany. The STEMposium is an annual event where students from DoDEA high schools across Europe gather to develop projects and solutions to real-world scenarios based on real-world scenarios. (U.S. Army photo by Chris Gardner) (Photo Credit: Christopher Gardner) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Engineers support STEMposium with DoDEA students from across Europe
4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – DODEA STEMposium Logistics Officer and Robinson Barracks Elementary Physical Education Teacher Mari Brown discusses 21st-century concept schools with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District Engineering Branch Chief Nathan Fox Tuesday December 5, 2023 during the career fair portion of the STEMposium hosted by the Department of Defense Education Activity Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany. In a first for the annual STEMposium, this year’s event incorporated a STEM-focused career fair where representatives from different organizations including Europe District and several others. (U.S. Army photos by Chris Gardner) (Photo Credit: Christopher Gardner) VIEW ORIGINAL

WIESBADEN, Germany – More than 100 students from DoDEA high schools across Europe gathered in Wiesbaden for the annual STEMposium event where they were grouped into teams to develop projects and solutions to real-world scenarios based on climate change and impacts to population centers.

“Students representing our 21 DoDEA Europe high schools are presented with a different real-world scenario in which they are required to formulate actionable solutions in order to be successful,” said DoDEA Europe Student Activities Coordinator Rob Smith about the event. “Our students are getting hands-on, real-world experience dealing with cutting edge tools, technologies, and techniques that can lead to success later in life.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District was one of a handful of organizations that supported the STEMposium, participating in career fair and providing mentoring and answered questions of students as they worked on their projects.

In a first for the annual STEMposium, this year’s event incorporated a STEM-focused career fair where representatives from different organizations, including Europe District and several others.

“It was great talking to the students during the career fair,” said Europe District Engineering Branch Chief Nathan Fox. “They were all very engaging and curious about the range of jobs available for engineers and in other STEM fields.”

As part of the event, the students were broken into teams and assigned different areas of expertise including biotechnology, civil engineering, data engineering, environmental engineering, robotics and using CAD programs for 3D printing.

“STEMinar” sessions were scheduled for each of these areas where students worked through their projects with real-world subject matter experts that could answer questions and mentor the students.

“I worked with the students focused on environmental engineering tasks in their groups; they were a bright group of young people who asked a lot of good questions,” said Europe District Environmental Branch Northern Section Chief Patricia Jackson. “They were tasked with providing clean drinking water following a disaster scenario, so we talked about water filtration methods, specifically those that would be climate-neutral. Some solutions we covered were lagoons with plants for filtration, as these filtering plants also absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. We also covered ways to minimize pump power usage, such as through gravity filtration when possible.”

Smith noted that the annual event was again a success and that it is part of DoDEA Europe’s dedication to providing unique and impactful opportunities for the children of DoD personnel stationed overseas.

“This event represents DoDEA's unwavering commitment to providing educational experiences that are not just on par, but often exceed what's available stateside,” Smith said. “It's an immersive journey into the world of STEM, where students engage in hands-on activities, gaining a deeper understanding of science and its real-world applications. More than just an academic exercise, STEMposium is a launchpad for future careers in STEM, nurturing essential skills like critical thinking and teamwork.”