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U.S. Army Supports Black Youth Through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math



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Teachers and Students Gain from No-Cost Programs and Resources

Fort Knox, KY -- More than 1,000 high school students recently received a surprise visit from a robot powered by U.S. Army engineers during a National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) luncheon in Pittsburgh. Less than a block away, another group of students participated in a day-long robotics entrepreneur competition and received pointers from Army engineers who also served as competition judges. Both efforts targeted African-American engineering students and were outcomes of Army partnerships designed to contribute to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and to promote STEM career opportunities for today's youth.

"It's a priviledge to serve at NSBE each year and encourage young people to stay on course in pursuing a STEM career. I am grateful for the encouragement I received as a youth to pursue STEM and the opportunities I’ve had in the Army," stated LTC Whitney Allen, Army Intelligence Officer and NSBE alumnae.

For more than 50 years the U.S Army has supported a wide range of STEM educational opportunities for the nations youth and their teachers ranging from scholarships, to internships to test-prep tools and more. The Army has created a diverse portfolio of no-cost education programs and resources use inside and outside of the classroom. Programs are not used for recruiting purposes.

Teachers, parents, students and community leaders are encouraged to become familiar with these programs by visiting the Army Education Outreach Programs (AEOP) and/or Army Ed Space websites. Information on more than 55 partnerships is listed including web-based programs like March2Success and ECYBERMISSION.

March2Success is a free, no-obligation tool to help improve test scores on standardized tests. ECYBERMISSION is a science, math and technology competition that promotes self-discovery and enables all students to recognize the real life application of science, math and technology.

The Army will have a large presence at the Essence Music Festival and the annual conferences of the National Urban League and 100 Black Men of America later this year and will leverage these events to continue showcasing its commitment to youth education and empowerment.

To learn more about Army’s programs and resources visit www.goarmy.com, www.usaeop.com or www.armyEdspace.com.

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About Army Scholarship Spending

The U.S. Army is one of the nation’s largest providers of education college scholarships and in 2011 provided more than $230 million in ROTC scholarships. More than $100 million was provided to HBCU students. The Army Research Laboratory’s HBCU/MI program provided more than $22 million to HBCUs/MIs for research and other initiatives in 2011.

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