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Taking Student Innovation to New Heights

What do a composting system for a school cafeteria, a model of a human leg, a glove that can sense electro-magnetic fields and an experiment to test the prospect of using fungi to pull heavy metal out of the soil all have in common? Each are ideas proposed by Anne…...

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Local Students Explore Virtual Tech Mania

More than 75 middle and high school students from the Fort Meade region learned how to decode detailed messages, determine potential threats to a lunar landing system, hack a camera security system, fly a drone and construct a building at the Fort Meade Alliance’s Tech Mania in November. Students from…...

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Challenge #2: Digital Age Challenges Schools to Widely Change K-12 Education

The growing need for cybersecurity and information technology (CS/IT) professionals in homeland security, healthcare, finance, energy and numerous other sectors has saddled America’s K-12 education system with a profound challenge. Grade schools which only started to dabble in teaching computer science roughly 15 years ago, now need to provide a…...

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Challenge #3: How Gamers Could Be a Prime Source of Cyber Professionals

A key opportunity to grow the nation’s ranks of cybersecurity and information technology (CS/IT) professionals exists among a smattering of children with unexpected potential. They may not be A students, math whizzes, STEM-focused or even college-bound. But outside of class, they wile away hours gaming, coding, building robotics or toying…...

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Leading the Charge of STEMOVATION in Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) has partnered with the Fort Meade Alliance (FMA) and Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) to develop a new program that will allow high school students to take existing projects to the next level. The new program, called STEMOVATION, gives select juniors at three…...

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Challenge #1: FMA committee seeks causes, solutions for lack of diversity in cyber workforce

The problem is evident at most any industry event or cybersecurity worksite. The Fort Meade Region, like the rest of America, suffers from a serious lack of diversity in its cyber workforce. As they assessed the obstacles to growing the region’s cybersecurity/information technology (CS/IT) workforce, members of the FMA Education…...

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