Monthly Archives: August 2016

AEOP Featured on Discovery Channel

Big news! We are excited to share that the Army Educational Outreach Program was featured on the Discovery Channel’s NewsWatch for their Tech Report Back to School episode, which aired this morning on TV and online. The AEOP segment features students and mentors across AEOP programs in action, highlighting for a national stage the importance of providing real-world STEM experiences for all.

Watch the clip here, and be sure to share it on social media tagging @USAEOP and using #newswatchtv!

JSHS Teachers Receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Cary James, a JSHS science teacher in Maine, and Jeffrey Wehr from Washington will be two of the 213 mathematics and science teachers to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  Every year, the White House presents this honor to outstanding K-12 science and math teachers nationwide who have showed exemplary success in ensuring students are equipped with the science and math skills to succeed.

James is the head of the science department at Bangor High School, where he mentors students through JSHS. For the past 17 years, James has taught Advanced Placement, Honors, and Credit Recovery Chemistry classes to 10th–12th grade students. He has received numerous teaching awards throughout his career including the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement Teacher of the Year (Maine 2009), Pulp and Paper Foundation Maine Teacher Award (2009), the Francis Crowe Society Honorary Engineering Degree from the University of Maine (2010) and New England Institute of Chemistry Maine State Teacher Award (2011) just to name a few.

Wehr has been a scientist and educator for the past 19 years. He has spent the last 12 years at Odessa High School, where he teaches Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Programming, and Advanced STEM Research Laboratory. Over the course of his career he has earned the Department of Education’s American Star of Teaching Award, the Washington State Regional Teacher of the Year, the National Siemens Founder’s Award for STEM Research, and the National Junior Science and Humanities STEM Research Award.

On September 8, all recipients of this award will gather for a formal award ceremony in Washington, DC. The winners, who were selected by a panel of distinguished and accomplished scientists, mathematicians and educators, will all receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion.

Congratulations, Mr. James and Mr. Wehr!


AEOP Expands Community of Partners to Promote STEM Initiatives

Three additional partners awarded grants to increase diverse student participation in STEM


Columbus, OH — August 15, 2016 — The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP), in collaboration with Battelle, has awarded grants to three organizations and institutions to expand student participation in enriching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) exploration and learning, particularly for underserved students. AEOP offers students and teachers Army-sponsored programs that effectively engage, inspire and attract the next generation of STEM talent.

These second-round grant recipients will join a community of eight like-minded AEOP partner organizations awarded competitive grants in April 2016.

Through AEOP’s suite of programs, students from elementary school to college, representing all proficiency levels and ethnic, economic and academic backgrounds, participate in real-world experiences involving STEM disciplines. Scientists, technology experts, engineers and mathematicians, who act as mentors and guides, introduce students to the various opportunities in STEM fields through hands-on experiences and provide advice for technical skill development and career planning.

“We’ve seen firsthand the power of partnering with strong local communities to provide even more students with high-quality STEM learning and mentorship,” said Jeffrey Singleton, Director of Basic Research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology or ASA(ALT). “By further expanding AEOP’s network, we are able to ensure students from all backgrounds, particularly those from underserved and underrepresented communities, have the opportunity to engage in programs proven to help students develop knowledge and skills that prepare them for real-world careers.”

AEOP’s new partners were selected specifically for their leadership in STEM learning and outreach to African-American, Hispanic, female and military-connected students. Together with these partners, the Army seeks to enhance existing programs to provide the highest quality experiences and contribute to an exceptionally prepared workforce.

“Hands-on learning and career exploration opportunities allow students to develop a sense of possibility for their own futures,” said Aimee Kennedy, Vice President, Education, STEM Learning, & Philanthropy at Battelle. “For many students, these experiences are breaking down stereotypes of what STEM careers look like and how to pursue them.”

The grantees will each receive $50,000 awards to facilitate meaningful collaboration that will ultimately integrate with or enhance the suite of opportunities already offered by AEOP. Second-round recipients include:

Johns Hopkins University: Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI) and the Center for Educational Outreach (CEO) (Baltimore, Md.): HEMI conducts experiments to improve protection materials for the Army, models brain injury associated with sporting competitions and studies planetary impact. CEO operates 11 STEM programs which engage over 2,200 middle and high school students annually from underserved communities, and will combine with Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS). The partnership will also integrate REAP and Engineering Innovation into the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program and expand mentorship, competition and research opportunities for female and military-connected students.

Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education at BGSU: The partnership will increase the number of underrepresented students participating in the Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (OJSHS) in March 2017, and beyond. NWO will recruit and train 30-60 underrepresented students and their teachers from Toledo Public, Lima City and Fostoria school districts with the purposes of engaging the students in scientific research and STEM studies.

Washington STEM (Seattle, Wash.): Washington STEM will leverage its ten-region STEM Network system to significantly expand and scale the AEOP eCYBERMISSION program across Washington for students and teachers.

About AEOP: The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) is comprised of Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships, and practical experiences designed to engage and guide students and teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). From elementary school through graduate school, students at all levels, interests, ethnic, economic, and academic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in hands-on programs in STEM disciplines. More information is available at: