On Thursday, Aug. 12, eCYBERMISSION had the pleasure of attending the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) 2010 Math and Science Summer Program Closing Ceremony.
Over the past sixteen years, the CERDEC Summer Camp has reached more than 1,500 students from across Monmouth County, N.J. The students have learned to innovate, to discover and to soar through engineering, robotics and flight and rocketry programs. Through the program, students have discovered the science of sports and the competitive spirit of technology development.
This year, the New Jersey camps served students in grades seven through ten. Students followed a hands-on robotics curriculum. Using the Lego Mindstorm sets, students worked together in two-person teams, each student functioning as either a software or hardware engineer.
Over the course of a week, students built five separate robots. In addition, the students took a trip to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., where they took a behind the scenes look at the world famous coasters and each received a “crash course” in physics, momentum and speed.
The U.S. Army has long recognized the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Through the U.S. Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), of which CERDEC operates under, the Army works throughout the year, both independently and through collaboration with the profession community and schools to facilitate programs for students from kindergarten to college.
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To learn more about programs through the U.S. Army Education Outreach Program (AEOP), visit www.aeop.com.