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Tech Mania brings cyber, drones, brains, virtual reality and a mobile STEM lab to local students

Students in the Anne Arundel Community College classroom.

More than 120 local 9th grade students gathered at Anne Arundel Community College’s Regional Higher Education Center in Hanover on Nov. 22 for a morning filled with exciting STEM activities from FMA members.

Tech Mania welcomed students from Meade High School and North County High School in Anne Arundel County; Century High School in Carroll County and Marriotts Ridge High School in Howard County.

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), Lockheed Martin Corp., Learning Undefeated and Northrop Grumman Corp., the National Security Agency’s K-12 Academic Outreach and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. created exciting presentations for the students in an effort to get them excited about the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

“I love what you all do every year,” said Rachel Fullen, a teacher from Century High School. “I actually had one of my students come back from the field trip and changed his career path that afternoon to STEM.”

AACC connected the brain and drones in a presentation that displayed how the brain could be utilized to control unmanned autonomous systems.

Students in the Mobile eXploration Lab (MXLab), a self-sufficient laboratory on wheels.

Lockheed Martin had students simulating cyber attacks and defending themselves from the attacks.

Students traveled out to the parking lot to the Mobile eXploration Lab (MXLab), a self-sufficient laboratory on wheels, to learn about cyber attacks from Northrop Grumman and Learning Undefeated.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company presented students with interactive demonstrations to introduce students to work in virtual design and construction.

National Security Agency, K-12 Academic Outreach challenged students to a game of Cryptoball, where students were introduced to substitution and transposition encryption methods by encoding and decoding messages.

Click here for photos from the event.

Tech Mania is held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.