NSTA Joins a U.S. Army Consortium Adding an Additional 
Two STEM Programs

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recently joined the consortium of the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) Cooperative Agreement (COA), led by Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle). As part of the consortium, NSTA will continue to promote student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by administering eCYBERMISSION—a web-based competition free to students in grades 6-9­— in addition to administering two additional AEOP STEM initiatives: Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) and Camp Invention.

What's Up with the New Programs?

GEMS is a summer STEM enrichment program for students in grades 5-12 that takes place in participating Army Research Laboratories across the country. 

Camp Invention is a program owned by Invent Now and U.S. Patents Trademark Office. This summer STEM enrichment experience is for students in grades K-5 nationwide featuring collaborative learning opportunities led and administered by local teachers. AEOP partners with Invent Now and Camp Invention in order to fill the K-5 gap in programs that AEOP covers.

What Are Some Details about the AEOP Consortium?

Led by Battelle, the AEOP consortium is made up of nine organizations, including NSTA, representing all individual programs and consortium-wide efforts. The idea of the consortium is to exceed the individual work of existing programs by joining forces. The AEOP COA will focus on broadening the pool of STEM talent, support and empower educators with unique Army research and technology resources, and implement a sustainable STEM education outreach infrastructure.

Registration for the 2015-2016 eCYBERMISSION competition is now open and registration for GEMS and Camp Invention opens in January 2016.

To learn more about eCYBERMISSION, GEMS, and Camp Invention, visit www.usaeop.com.

If you’ll be at the NSTA 2015 Reno Area Conference, visit us at Booth #324. We’ll be answering all your questions.

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