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MDA STEM Supported Activities


The MDA STEM Outreach Program office showcases its new diorama capturing the Ballistic Missile Defense System. This a one-of-a-kind tabletop diorama consists of 3-D models and a realistic landscape highlighting the defensive capabilities of the Agency deployed throughout the globe. This is used as a coaching tool for students, educators, and industry partners to learn about the layered system that protects America and her allies. MDA STEM Outreach seeks innovative ways to educate our three-tiered target groups of K-12, college, and educators. This presentation brings to life the mission of the MDA Enterprise.


The following is a sampling of the many community activities MDA STEM Outreach supports annually.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • AAMU NDEP The Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (AAMU) National Defense Education Program (NDEP) is a 3-step approach for providing a pipeline of skilled minority professionals for the DoD future workforce. AAMU was awarded the prestigious $3 million 3-year grant from the DoD NDEP (National Defense Education Program) under its Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) education, outreach and workforce initiative programs. According to the DoD “the goal of this DoD effort is to establish programs to better position the current and next-generation STEM workforce, which is critical to the Department and our Nation’s security.”
  • BEYA Conference The BEYA STEM Conference is held annually each February serving over 10,000 K - 12 students, college students, government and military professionals. The Conference also presented numerous Career Fairs, Mentoring Roundtables, sessions on Financial Aid, and even added fun and discourse for attendees with live Trivia Challenges. The annual conference connects next-generation STEM professionals of diverse backgrounds in building a foundation for successful career advancement. The annual BEYA STEM Conference is a capstone for networking, mentoring, collaborating, and producing the workforce pipeline for federal services and industry.
  • Great Minds in STEM Conference Great Minds in STEM™ is the gateway for Hispanics in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Established in 1989, as HENAAC, Great Minds in STEM™ is a non-profit organization that focuses on STEM educational awareness programs for students from kindergarten to career. Great Minds in STEM™ provides resources for recognition and recruitment of Hispanics in STEM on a national level, connecting multi-areas of engineering and science arenas to the general population.
  • Women of Color in STEM Conference Since 1995, Women of Color magazine´s annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference has been the premier forum of choice for recognizing the significant contributions by women in STEM fields. The conference offers both valuable career networking opportunities and hosts prestigious award ceremonies, which have earned widespread praise. Attendees have the opportunity to meet and learn from executives representing Fortune 500 companies that are committed to diversity and to the advancement of women in the workforce. College students in attendance are able to meet award winners and learn the next critical steps in forging their own successful careers.
  • Society of Women Engineers National Conference SWE’s Annual Conference is the premier event for women in engineering and technology. In 2019, the event garnered over 16,600 attendees from 33 countries. The engaging and informative sessions are exceptional professional and personal development tools for both working engineers and engineering students.