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Students and teachers attend inaugural Joint Science and Technology Institute

Two-week program in Maryland highlights scientific research opportunities through hands-on projects

Aug. 22, 2012

ABERDEEN, Md.—While many students were enjoying the last of their summer break before the start of school, 23 exceptional high school students and six teachers from Maryland and Virginia chose to spend two weeks at the end of their summer vacation participating in a hands-on camp focused on math, science and technology.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities, with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL), and U.S. Army Public Health Command (USAPHC) hosted the inaugural Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI) from July 28-Aug. 10. During the program, students and teachers worked on cutting-edge science projects with mentors at the ECBC and Harford Community College, and participated in a variety of area tours and activities.

In its first year, the program was created to expose students to scientific research through hands-on projects, enable students to work with real-world scientists and to increase awareness of career opportunities in related fields.

The two-week camp kicked off with a ropes course at the High Point Ropes Course and a guided tour of the ECBC. Students were then divided into six teams and the teachers worked on individual projects. Both teams and individual projects were led by scientific mentors.

Students were assigned projects that included environmental water quality, toxicology, forensic science, microbe resistance surfaces, ecosystem health assessments, packaging design and testing, and a wounded warrior project.

During the Institute, the participants enjoyed an evening at an IronBirds baseball game at Ripken Stadium and, complements of the Ironbirds, a Skybox and private outdoor seating to watch the game. The participants took a riverboat cruise aboard the historic replica Lantern Queen, and visited the Maryland Science Center, the USS Constellation, Fort McHenry, and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Md.

Participants of the Joint Science and Technology Institute are listed below:

Name School City, State
Bradley Allen Jr. Matoaca High School Chesterfield, Va.
Amber Artis Cloverhill High School Midlothian, Va.
Heather Ballard Woodbridge High School Woodbridge, Va.
Luis Beraun Loundooun Valley Purcellville, Va.
Raekwon Carter Richmond Community High School Richmond, Va.
Caleb Cruey Richlands High School Richlands, Va.
Kyle Cruey Richlands High School Richlands, Va.
Logan Daezha Galileo Magnet High School Danville, Va.
Maria Haas Warren County High School Front Royal, Va.
Junghee Han Lake Braddock Secondary School Burke, Va.
Maximillian Harwell Matoaca High School Chesterfield, Va.
Raven Henson Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School Upper Marlboro, Md.
Briana Hill Appomattox Regional Governors School Petersburg, Va.
Marijan Johnson Richmond Community High School Richmond, Va.
Taylor Masinsin Mountain View High School Stafford, Va.
Gosnel McDermott Northwestern High School Hyattsville, Md.
April Napier Randolph Henry High School Charlotte County, Va.
Romello Raycrow North County High School Lithicum, Md.
Maia Slade-Adams Hereford High School Monkton, Md.
Cody Short Buckingham County High School Buckingham, Va.
Thomas Whidbee Potomac High School Dumfries, Va.
Adriana White King’s Fork High School Suffolk, Va.
Name School City, State
Kerry Anne Kedzierski North East High School Elkton, Md.
Zachary Lovelace Joppatowne High School Towson, Md.
Stacy Militello Oak Middle School Shrewsbury, Mass.
Mary Nickerson North East High School North East, Md.
Jim Pendred Hammond High School Columbia, Md.
Mike Roche High Technology High School Lincroft, N.J.
Cathy Schlecker Perryville High School Perryville, Md.
Jessica Wukitsch Rising Sun High School Rising Sun, Md.

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