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Area students and teachers attend Joint Science and Technology Institute

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

August 1, 2014

2014 Joint Science and Technology Institute participants

2014 Joint Science and Technology Institute participants

ABERDEEN, Md.— While many students were enjoying the last of their summer break before the start of school, 36 exceptional high school students and 3 teachers from across the United States and Japan chose to spend two weeks at the end of their summer vacation participating in hands-on research focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

ORAU, along with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Naval Research Laboratory, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Institute for Defense Analysis, and the Defense Forensic Science Center hosted the Joint Science and Technology Institute from July 19-August 1. During the program, students and teachers worked on cutting-edge science projects with mentors and participated in a variety of area tours and activities.

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

The institute kicked off with a guided tour of the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. Students were then divided into seven 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, forensic science, microbe resistance surfaces, biothreat assessment and simulation, robotics, 3D printing, and programming & engineering.

Participants also enjoyed an evening at an IronBirds baseball game at Ripken Stadium, a visit to the U.S. Naval Academy, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and the National Zoo as well as a tour of Liafoam Industries.

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

Name School City, State
Taylor Adams Bolton High School Bartlett, Tenn.
Jillian Brooks Oswego East High School Oswego, Ill.
Trevon Brown Harris County High School Hamilton, Ga.
Janeza Calderon Salem High School Virginia Beach, Va.
Mike Cichon Bozeman High School Bozeman, Mont.
Marie Dean Lansing High School Lansing, Kan.
Jacqueline Diaz Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High School Los Angeles, Calif.
Dylan Driver Zama American High School Camp Zama, Japan
Dalton Dyser Clover Park High School Lakewood, Wash.
John-Alex Evans L&N STEM Academy Knoxville, Tenn.
Sydni Garrett Lemoore High School Lemoore, Calif.
Kelanni Green Jack Britt High School Fayetteville, N.C.
Fred Guy Santa Rosa High School Milton, Fla.
Imani Hinson Atholton High School Columbia, Md.
Frederick Hunt Meade Senior High School Fort Meade, Md.
Kevin Jackson Stanton College Preparatory School Jacksonville, Fla.
Marissa Matassa Central High School Woodstock, Va.
Don McLaren De Matha Catholic High School Hyattsville, Md.
Misty Mellor Fort Knox High School Fort Knox, Ky.
Sophie Mihan Walton High School Marietta, Ga.
Trey Nantz Harlan County High School Baxter, Ky.
Gabrielle Perkins Camden County High School Kingsland, Ga.
Brianna Pugh Tuscarora High School Frederick, Md.
Blake Pulley Cactus Shadows High School Cave Creek, Ariz.
Victoria Ramsey Buena High School Sierra Vista, Ariz.
David Rodgers Grosse Pointe South High School Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
Gerardo Salazar Guilderland High School Guilderland, N.Y.
Kamalen Santos-Diaz Indian River High School Philadelphia, N.Y.
Katrina Stephens Capital High School Charleston, W.Va.
Wendell Stephens Nile C. Kinnick High School Yokosuka, Japan
Sierra Stoddard- Anderson Carlin High School Carlin, N.Y.
Matthew Tallent Beavercreek High School Beavercreek, Ohio
Tayato Thew Harlem High School Machesney Park, Ill.
Tenica Turner Crestwood High School Sumter, S.C.
Jordan Woodruff Frederick Douglass High School Upper Marlboro, Md.
Kalila Zenk Langley High School McLean, Va.
Name School City, State
Michael Moore Fallston Middle School Fallston, Md.
Joseph Olski North East Middle School North East, Md.
Onika McClain-Oglesby MacArthur Middle School Fort Meade, Md.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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