TARDEC is committed to supporting educational and outreach programs that advance the objectives set forth by the White House to increase undergraduate STEM degrees by 1 million during this decade. Through programs like Robotics, Engineering and Technology (RET) Days, the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, and FIRST Robotics, students from elementary schools through college gain exposure to real-world technology that may inspire them to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or math.
The Department of Commerce has estimated that STEM occupations will grow 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations from 2008–2018. In order to meet these workforce needs, the United States will need around 1 million more STEM professionals than are projected to graduate over the next decade, according to the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.
TARDEC’s ability to perform its mission in the future depends on today’s students earning STEM degrees and becoming the next generation of innovators. Our organization supports STEM outreach events throughout the year, such as the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) for college students, FIRST Robotics for high school students, and eCYBERMISSION for middle-schoolers. Please refer to the resources on this page to learn how you can partner with TARDEC to further our nation's science, technology, engineering and math goals.
"Events like Robofest help students understand why the subjects are important for real-world application," explained Michigan STEM Partnership Executive Director Dr. Barbara Bolin, University of Michigan. "As long as the kids can make the connection, 'Oh, this is why algebra is important, this is why science is important,' then they can understand why they need it. What we need are creative problem solvers in the world and the [Michigan STEM] Partnership believes project-based learning like this is the way to achieve that." (From The Detroit News.)
The National Defense Education Program (NDEP) invests in science, engineering and math education from middle and high school through college and post-graduate levels. NDEP's mission is to support a new generation of scientists and engineers who will apply their talents in our nation's defense laboratories. Visit http://ndep.us/LabTV to view the amazing research that is everyday work at DoD labs.
The AEOP is comprised of Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships, practical experiences, and teacher trainings designed to engage and guide students and teachers in 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.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a high school football all-star game held in early January in San Antonio, Texas. Currently played in the Alamodome, the game brings 90 of the nation's top high school football players in an East versus West matchup. In addition to the Bowl game, there is the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, which comprises 125 of the nation's top high school marching musicians who perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The Heroes’ Alliance is a coalition of parents, extended family members, educators, community leaders, and members of the Detroit community that have come together for the purpose of positively impacting the next generation. We have been charged to aid the parents; to be a support system of encouragement, inspiration and empowerment.
FRC Team No. 3539, "The Byting Bulldogs," has won the 2014 Entrepreneurship Award from the FIRST® Robotics Competition and for being ranked 13th in the State of Michigan.