In addition to monetary contributions to our education and workforce initiatives, the FMA seeks professionals to volunteer in a variety of capacities.
- Meade Cyber Lab – help shape computer science and cybersecurity curriculum taught in the lab
– Cyber Lab curriculum advisors typically work with AACPS teachers during the summer; the commitment includes multiple meetings during that time frame.
- Project SCOPE – ensure information on the website and in curricular materials remains up-to-date and accurate
– Project SCOPE advisors survey the website and ancillary materials once per year to provide feedback on any changes in the security clearance process that should be reflected therein.
- STEMOVATION – hear student proposals and help choose which teams should receive funding and/or mentorship resources
– The FMA convenes our STEMOVATION Advisory Board 4-6 times per year to orient members, conduct proposal review and hear updates from student teams.
- STEM Core – motivate students on their STEM career path by sharing your own journey and insights
– For the high school Bridges program, mentors meet with a group of 4-6 students once per week for 6 weeks over the summer. At the end of the program, mentors and students can decide if they want to pursue a continued relationship/meetings.
- STEMOVATION – advise a student team on planning and executing their self-directed project
– Mentors for STEMOVATION have varying commitments based on their level and field of expertise; some mentors meet with a single student team once per week for 4-6 weeks to provide technical or project-management assistance, while others meet with multiple teams just once to provide insight into a specific process, such as patent laws.
Internships and Work-Based Learning Opportunities
- STEM Core Internships – support community college STEM majors in gaining hands-on work experiences
– These paid internships typically take place over the summer, with students working at least 240 hours over the course of their internship.
- STEM Core Project-Based Learning – guide students in completing a project that mirrors tasks they would actually complete on the job
– Volunteers provide the project for students to complete and check-in with them on their progress about once per week for six weeks.
- Project SCOPE – share your career path and insights into navigating the security clearance process directly with students
– The FMA keeps a list of individuals interested in speaking engagements and contacts those individuals as opportunities arise. Speakers typically address high school and college students transitioning military and veterans. (Experience with the security clearance process is a pre-requisite for volunteering in this capacity.)
- Career Talks – inspire students with your story
– Join the list of individuals interested in speaking with students, transitioning military and veterans about the options available in your field and the specific career path you took to get where you are today. The FMA keeps a list of individuals interested in these speaking engagements and contacts them as opportunities arise. (No security clearance experience necessary.)
- Tech Mania – engage students in a hands-on demonstration of technology used in your workplace
– Tech Mania presenters offer captivating activities that help 9th graders understand local companies and technology. Typically offered in person, this half-day event takes place each spring at a location in Anne Arundel County and each fall at a location in southeast Baltimore County.
- STEM Family Night – Spark elementary students interest in STEM topics
– Volunteers host a booth at this two-hour evening event, engaging students and their families as they stop by to learn more about the company and technology on display.