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High school students from U.S., around the world attend Joint Science and Technology Institute

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

August 4, 2015

2015 Joint Science and Technology Institute students visit the Lincoln Memorial

ABERDEEN, Md.—While many students were enjoying the last of their summer break before the start of school, 40 exceptional high school students and 4 teachers from across the United States and 8 countries 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, hosted the Joint Science and Technology Institute from July 18-July 31. During the program, students and teachers worked on cutting-edge science projects with mentors and participated in a variety of area tours and activities.

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 trip to the High Points Low Ropes Course. Students were divided into seven research teams, teachers worked on individual projects and both team and individual projects were led by scientific mentors.

Students were assigned projects that included environmental water quality, microbe resistance surfaces, math modeling, 3D printing, robotics and computer programming & engineering. Teachers’ projects included quantum mechanical stimulations, respiratory system models, microbiological assays, and 3D printing.

Participants also enjoyed an evening at an IronBirds baseball game at Ripken Stadium, a visit to the Smithsonian Air & Space and Natural History Museums and the Lincoln Memorial.

Student and teacher participants of the Joint Science and Technology Institute are listed below:

Name School City, State
Layiah Ashmore Hohenfels High School Germany
Taylor Barbre Lakenheath High School United Kingdom
Kendelyn Bone South Kitsap High School Port Orchard, Wash.
Susana Chen Lowell High School San Francisco, Calif.
Andrew Constable Vicenza High School Italy
Ethan DeGroodt Osbourn Park High School Manassas, Va.
Princianna Durosier Miramar High School Miramar, Fla.
Chaim Fishman New Exploration into Science, Technology and Math High School New York, N.Y.
Rebecca Flores Millennium High School Goodyear, Ariz.
Taj Ford Alexander M. Patch American High School Germany
Hannah Frederick Seoul American High School Korea
Adrian Garcia Zama American High School Japan
DaeVon Gardner Central High School Louisville, Ky.
TraeVon Gardner Central High School Louisville, Ky.
Brie Godbolt Mountain View High School Stafford, Va.
Eshell Gonzalez-Trujillo Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High School Los Angeles, Calif.
Ray Green Germantown High School Germantown, Tenn.
Jonathan Hall Centennial High School Franklin, Tenn.
Josiah Hall Kubasaki High School Japan
Gracelin Harvey Ramey School Puerto Rico
Randall Lee Hayslip, II North Adams High School Seaman, Ohio
Joey Janicki Fort Campbell High School Fort Campbell, Ky.
Breann Kim Seoul American High School Korea
Ryan Lee Naples American High School Italy
Jasmine Lopez Vilseck High School Germany
Amy McClure Thornton High School Thornton, Colo.
Julia Montes Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Astoria, N.Y.
Theory Murff Guam High School Guam
Ayo Ogunfunmi Heritage High School Brentwood, Calif.
Jericho Parker Clovis High School Freshman Academy Clovis, N.M.
Lance Phillips Massanutten Military Academy Woodstock, Va.
Briana Quirion Waterville Senior High School Waterville, Maine
Noah Raesch Lutheran High School San Antonio, Texas
Stephanie Schenberger Seoul American High School Korea
Kristen Smith Ada High School Ada, Okla.
Nyzha Smith Woodbridge Senior High School Woodbridge, Va.
Ronin Tamez Nile C. Kinnick High School Japan
Chris Taylor Radford High School Honolulu, Hawaii
Madelyn Trythall Kadena High School Japan
Jacob Wheeler Anderson County High School Clinton, Tenn.


Name School City, State
Janie Kimble Carlin High School Carlin, Nev.
Kristen Lindstrom Pascack Valley High School Pascack Valley, N.J.
Carol Ochsner Monroe High School Monroe, Wis.
Terri Reeves Fayette Academy Somerville, Tenn.


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