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MDA STEM Supported Activities


2015 Tennessee Valley BEST Robotics: Decatur-Austin Robotics Coalition (DARC) Exhibit Booth


  • Adventures in Engineering introduces students to various engineering disciplines. Participating high school juniors will experience an educational day on Redstone Arsenal, meeting engineers from MDA and various other government agencies. The day's events include speakers, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Learn more.
  • Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology (BEST) Robotics is a middle school and high school robotics competition with a mission to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields. Learn more.
  • CyberPatriot is a National Youth Cyber Education Program, at the center of which is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. This competition places teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. During the competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six-hour period. Learn more.
  • Department of Defense (DoD) For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Grant, endowed by the DoD STEM Development Office, provides financial support to FIRST Robotics teams coached or mentored by DoD personnel. FIRST is a non-profit organization that organizes four robotics leagues to engage K-12 students in exciting, mentor-based research and robotics after-school programs, with guidance and sponsorship from professionals at science and technology-based organizations. Each year, more than 500 DoD-sponsored teams compete in competitions that inspire innovation and build leadership skills. Learn more.
  • Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Learn more.
  • Innovative System Project for the Increased Recruitment of Emerging STEM Students (InSPIRESS) is an outreach project that provides the opportunity for high school students to develop and design a scientific payload to be accommodated on a spacecraft that is designed by undergraduate students in the University of Alabama in Huntsville Integrated Product Team project. High school students collaborate with the undergraduate engineering students to understand the engineering requirements, the design process, and the role a customer plays in design. Learn more.
  • Society for Science and the Public Science Fairs are national science and engineering competitions for 6th-12th Grade students designed to inspire and encourage the nation’s young scientists, engineers, and innovators. Learn more.