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Students Learn from the Pros at Tech Mania

Mervin Bierman of National Security Agency K-12 Education Outreach Office explains cipher patterns.

This fall, the FMA hosted its signature Tech Mania — offering five virtual presentations to schools across Maryland. From Cybersecurity and Resilient Design to building a computer, students learned technical details from local professionals at Lockheed Martin, National Security Agency and Leidos while also hearing about the various career opportunities they could pursue.

More than 100 students from St. Mary’s County, Anne Arundel County, and Harford County public schools attended the presentations. Participating FMA members were able to showcase real world scenarios, relate them to lessons they are learning in school as well as encourage students to explore career pathways that could lead back to their company.

“It’s always great to have students understand that what we are learning in class has meaning outside of school,” said Karen Sigwart, a teacher at C. Milton Wright High School in Harford County.

Learn more about Tech Mania, including ways to get involved in the future.