The 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 of all proficiency levels, interests, and ethnic, economic and academic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in real world experiences involving these important disciplines. Programs involve interactive activities and knowledgeable mentors to introduce students to these areas. Events include school visits, neighborhood activities and community science fairs. Scientist, technology experts, engineers and mathematicians, who act as mentors and guides, introduce students to various levels of research and engineering and provide advice on career opportunities and training.
The United States Army has long recognized that a scientifically and technologically literate citizenry is our nation’s best hope for a secure, rewarding and successful future. For over 50 years, the Army has supported a wide range of educational opportunities in STEM for our youth and their teachers.
Our nation’s economy has greatly benefited from the technological achievements of the last century and is destined for greater achievements throughout the 21st century. STEM will continue to play a dominant role in all aspects of everyday life in the 21st century. For this reason, the Army has created the AEOP, which greatly expands and integrates an array of Army educational opportunities for the future generations of America’s workforce and their teachers.
In AEOP, high-school students can choose from a wide range of educational challenges, such as the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), Gains in Education of Mathematics & Science (GEMS), Science & Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP), Uninitiates Introduction to Engineering (UNITE), Internships Science & Engineering Program (ISEP) and Research & Engineering Apprentice Program (REAP).
For those in grades 6-9 who prefer cyberspace, eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, technology, and mathematics competition with significant monetary awards for small teams of students who are interested in challenges that are relevant and linked to their community. STEM-Learning Modules enables students and teachers from middle to high school to experience science through the process of self-discovery.
AEOP programs are also available for college, undergraduate and graduate students and include extensive scholarship opportunities.
The Army invites parents, students and teachers in communities across America to become familiar with AEOP. Taking advantage of its numerous educational opportunities available in STEM will ensure that America will continue to maintain its technological leadership in a globally competitive world. For additional information, applications and deadlines to the various programs under the AEOP umbrella, visit www.usaeop.com.