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Students

students at aeopYour future starts now with AEOP! The Army has it all – top science and engineering talent, world class research facilities and vital real-world research opportunities. AEOP provides exciting, hands-on STEM educational opportunities throughout every phase of your educational career.

I think the REAP program is very essential in providing high school students a scientific experience that’s more realistic…being able to work in a scientist or engineering lab or place of work, it just provides a great opportunity for that student to really get a true taste of what science is all about.

REAP Mentor


Program Participant – Students participate in a variety of STEM programs and gain the opportunity to work side by side with Army scientists and engineers in a DoD laboratory setting, gain real-world research opportunities, participate in summer STEM enrichment programs and internships, conduct original research and compete for scholarships and national recognition in national competitions. For more information, visit the AEOP Programs.

Near-Peer Mentors – Near-Peer Mentors (NPM) help to develop, explain, and execute each teaching module in the GEMS Program. NPM are college students from all STEM fields and education-related majors. These mentors are closer in age than the traditional teacher and create a more relaxed atmosphere for learning. The responsibilities of a NPM are to be role models to the students, promote interest in high-level science and math classes, and act as expert resources concerning college life and career pathways. NPMs are selected for their technical experience, attitude and teaching skills. Their inclusion in the GEMS program is integral to enhancing each and every GEMS participant’s learning and achievement.

Educators

educators at aeopAEOP is committed to delivering resources and programs that empower educators to exponentially impact students. AEOP relies on the expertise, knowledge and input of educators, partners, mentors and other volunteers to ensure that all programs are complementary to classroom instruction and integration.

Mentor – Mentors are scientists, engineers or STEM professionals who provide guidance, support and professional input to STEM focused students through a variety of activities, including:

  • Classroom Presentations
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • STEM Competition Mentoring & Project Judging
  • Curriculum Development

Team Advisor – Team Advisors assist student eCYBERMISSION teams with registration, choosing a Mission Challenge, provide oversight of team activity and review the Mission Folder prior to submission. One Team Advisor is required for each eCYBERMISSION team.

CyberGuide – CyberGuides provide online assistance to eCYBERMISSION Teams via online discussion forums, chat rooms and monthly Live CyberGuide chats. CyberGuides can also serve as Ambassadors and promote the eCYBERMISSION program in their local communities.

Virtual Judge – Virtual Judges have a background or interest in STEM or education and must be at least 18-years-old. Virtual Judges independently score 10 – 15 eCYBERMISSION projects online in March and April. Virtual Judges volunteer virtually through the eCYBERMISSION Website. More than 3,000 Virtual Judges are needed each competition cycle.

Resource Teacher – Current K-12 Teachers may apply for a GEMS Resource Teacher (RT) internship. Typically RTs are licensed teachers within the public school/state system that currently teaches middle or high school students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. RTs are responsible for daily supervision of the NPMs, students and the maintenance of the lab. They provide guidance on all experimental activities and need to be present for the duration of the program.

 

Volunteers

volunteers at aeopThere are a variety of ways to volunteer with AEOP!

Mentor – Mentors are scientists, engineers or STEM professionals who provide guidance, support and professional input to STEM focused students through a variety of activities, including:

  • Classroom Presentations
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • STEM Competition Mentoring & Project Judging
  • Curriculum Development

Ambassador – Ambassadors serve as the “face of eCYBERMISSION” and actively promote the eCYBERMISSION Program in their communities. Ambassadors recruit both students and volunteers to participate in this annual competition. Ambassadors can also volunteer as a CyberGuide or form their own teams and participate as a Team Advisor.

Team Advisor – Team Advisors assist student eCYBERMISSION teams with registration, choosing a Mission Challenge, provide oversight of team activity and review the Mission Folder prior to submission. One Team Advisor is required for each eCYBERMISSION team.

CyberGuide – CyberGuides provide online assistance to eCYBERMISSION Teams via online discussion forums, chat rooms and monthly Live CyberGuide chats. CyberGuides can also serve as Ambassadors and promote the eCYBERMISSION program in their local communities.

Virtual Judge – Student Virtual Judges are college or university students studying STEM and must be at least 18-years-old. The Student Virtual Judge Program gives students an opportunity to gain experience in critical thinking and provide constructive criticism in science and engineering. Student Virtual Judges volunteer virtually through the eCYBERMISSION Website.