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Meet DoD STEM Teacher Ambassador, Elizabeth Proctor, and read about how she inspires young students to transform into junior scientists that are eager to explore and solve the world's problems using a few simple tools. Early exposure to simple extractions, separations and pipetting techniques can inspire a nonchalant student to pursue a future biotech profession!

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DoD STEM Teacher Ambassador Spotlight: Elizabeth Proctor
Learning Undefeated’s Emerging Leaders in Biotechnology program was created to share biotechnology information with young women and inspire them to consider high-demand DoD STEM careers in biotech. The program also included instruction in building career readiness and networking skills.

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Pathways to DoD STEM careers outlined for high school and college students
College student leaders of camp tell young women to “draw your own picture” while pursuing STEM education and careers. They believe that coding can be taught in ways that make it more accessible to all students, not just those interested in computers.

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Participants at a Virtual Coding Camp for Girls
The DoD HBCUs/MIs Program consistently strives to build a more diverse pool of scientists and engineers to meet future defense-related needs.

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DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions Summer Research Symposium
Two DoD-sponsored teams: FIRST Tech Challenge 16884 Mechanical Advantage and FIRST LEGO® League 2751 Lego Legion, received recognition and awards during the internationally televised FIRST Global Innovation Challenge Award Ceremony held on June 30, 2021.

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Participants at a FIRST Robotics Competition
During an exceptionally challenging 2020–2021 season that forced organizers and participants to pivot to virtual and hybrid event formats in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, 1,300 out of 1,600 teams sponsored by DoD STEM participated in activities and events.

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Participants at a FIRST Robotics Competition
Jonté Lee, a chemistry and physics teacher and DoD STEM Ambassador from Washington, DC, moved his chemistry lab to his home for online instruction during the pandemic. His informative and fun weekly lessons from his kitchen have caught on with not only his students but with others across the country.

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DoD STEM Teacher Ambassador Jonté Lee
How best to teach STEM? As part of its $200 million investment in STEM education for pre-K through postdoctoral studies nationwide, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) STEM convened a half-day virtual workshop to share knowledge and encourage interaction among representatives from more than one hundred industry, academic, governmental, and non-governmental organizations about best practices for improving educational experiences for students and teachers.

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DoD STEM Education And Workforce Development Virtual Workshop
The Department of Defense announced the selection of 12 awardees for the National Defense Education Program Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) awards.

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National Defense Education Program STEM Awardees
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®), a strategic partner of the Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) under the Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC) for inspiring future STEM talent, hosted the FIRST Virtual Showcase on May 2, 2020.

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A collection of photos of the robotics teams with their robots.
MATHCOUNTS®, a strategic partner of the Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) under the Defense STEM Education Consortium for inspiring future STEM talent, held the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, Florida on May 13, 2019.

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Winners of the Mathletes competition standing with their medals.
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®), a strategic partner of the Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) under the Defense STEM Education Consortium for inspiring future STEM talent, hosted two annual world championship competitions in Houston, TX and Detroit, MI in April 2019, where inspiring young innovators, leaders, and changemakers were celebrated for their STEM achievements.

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A large group of people holding a sign which says Thank you Department of Defense
The Department of Defense (DoD) held its third DoD Lab Day on Thursday, April 25, 2019, in the Pentagon Courtyard in Arlington, VA.

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A military member in a booth demonstrating a piece of equipment for attendees of the Lab Day.
Congratulations to the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Black Mountain Middle School robotics team, sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) and located in the San Diego region of California, for competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) San Diego League Semi Finals and winning the Motivate Award!

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Black Mountain Middle School robotics team
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will host an exciting Science, Discovery and Family Fun event at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force located in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 1 – 4 p.m.

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Family Fun Flyer
The For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Knob Noster High School Stealth Panther robotics team, sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) and located in Knob Noster, Missouri, recently designed, tested, and produced a 3D-printed prototype switch cover for a B-2 Stealth Bomber cockpit within 72 hours following an in-flight emergency in October 2018.

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B-2 Stealth Bomber
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