Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Coming to a Classroom near You ... Stem Soldiers: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Coming to a Classroom near You ... Stem Soldiers: News

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Maryland's military partnership.

Be it on a recruitment drive or to talk about their work, army officers occasionally venture on to school grounds. Imagine, however, the constant presence of soldiers in your school: it immediately conjures images of muddy assault courses, angry commanders barking orders and crying children.

However, Frederick County Public Schools, in Maryland, US, has found a much more educational use for troops in its 64 schools.

The schools body has teamed up with the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), based at Fort Detrick, Maryland, to give its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) teaching a boost. The USAMRMC conducts medical research, development, acquisition and logistics management for the US Army.

On its part, the USAMRMC will be lending equipment and personnel to the schools, while students will be able to receive credit for work on defence research projects. The subject of these projects is yet to be confirmed but, especially in the light of heightened cautiousness in the US intelligence services after the Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden revelations, it is unlikely to involve high-security clearance.

Michael Doerrer, Frederick County Public Schools communications director, says it will be worthwhile nonetheless: "Our students are extremely fortunate to live in a national hub for science and technology and to be able to work so closely with generous and committed partners like USAMRMC. …

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