ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Dec. 19, 2011) -- After five months of engineering and production work, the U.S. Army has completed its first vehicle designed for recruiting civilian scientists.

The Army will unveil the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Asset Vehicle during All-American Bowl Week in San Antonio, Jan. 6. The Army demonstrates its latest technological advancements in the Army Technology Zone before the annual game.

Before the vehicle's official launch in January, students from seven Maryland schools will have an opportunity for a hands-on look. The STEM Asset vehicle is a modified tractor-trailer equipped with high-definition TVs and touchscreen computers. Students will explore a futuristic scenario by designing new Army technology to protect lives from civil unrest.

"Elkton, Dundalk and Joppatowne high schools and Perryville, Holabrid, Parkville and Havre de Grace middle schools are scheduled for beta testing Dec. 5 to 8," said Louie Lopez, STEM outreach coordinator for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.

"The STEM Asset Vehicle is designed to publicize STEM careers and demonstrate how civilian scientists and engineers help to ensure America's national security, right along with uniformed Soldiers," said Lopez.

After the vehicle's unveiling, Army recruiters and subject matter experts will drive it across the United States to STEM education outreach events.