Unite is a pre-collegiate summer program for talented high school students from groups historically underserved and underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Unite is an initiative in the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) portfolio for rising 9th through 12th grade students. The program is designed to encourage and help prepare students to pursue college-level studies and, ultimately, careers in engineering and related STEM fields.
The Unite program is designed to give students the opportunity to:
- Gain a better understanding of the real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics;
- Overcome negative attitudes and perceptions they may have about cultural, social, and other barriers to STEM studies and careers;
- Gain confidence in their ability to participate in engineering and other STEM activities;
- Engage in activities that promote collaboration and problem solving in a team environment; and
- Be better prepared to pursue engineering and STEM in college and, ultimately, in future careers.
The 2018-2019 Unite program should provide a summer experience for rising 9th through 12th grade students, in which they are exposed to academics and enrichment that will best help them achieve their goals of higher education and careers in STEM.
Institutions interested in being considered to serve as a Unite host site should submit a proposal to Hillary Lee (Unite Program Administrator), in response to the 2018-2019 Unite RFP. The proposal submission deadline is Friday, December 8, 2017.
About the Technology Student Association
Unite is administered by the Technology Student Association (TSA), a national non-profit organization of middle and high school students engaged in STEM. TSA was chartered in 1978, and since then over 2,000,000 students have participated in its program of activities. Members apply and integrate STEM concepts through competitive events, leadership endeavors, co-curricular activities, and related programs.
TSA is a member of the AEOP Consortium formed by the AEOP cooperative agreement award (W911SR-15-2-0001), a group of education organizations that provide and/or oversee STEM programs designed to support the goals and mission of the AEOP. The lead organization for the consortium is Battelle Memorial Institute, a non-profit research and development organization with a strong commitment to STEM education. Battelle awarded the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) a $200,000 grant to support key AEOP Programs.
Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)
AEOP is composed of competitions, unique experiences, internships, and teacher resources designed to spark inspiration, exploration, and achievement in STEM literacy and career development. From elementary school through college, students of all proficiency levels, interests, and social and economic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in real-world STEM experiences involving these important disciplines while also engaging with Army-sponsored mentors.
The United States has long recognized that a scientifically and technologically literate citizenry is our nation’s best hope for a secure, rewarding, and successful future. For over 50 years, the Army has supported a wide range of educational opportunities in STEM for our youth, college and graduate students, as well as our valued teachers.
Our nation’s economy has greatly benefited from the technological achievements of the last century and is destined for greater achievements throughout the 21st century. The demand for STEM literate citizens has become increasingly high, and STEM talent is increasingly valuable and necessary as it will continue to play a dominant role in all aspects of everyday life. For this reason, AEOP was created to provide a portfolio of Army STEM educational opportunities for the future generations of America’s workforce and their teachers.
Interested in being a 2018-2019 host site for the Unite program? Download the Request for Proposal pdf here.