Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)

It starts here: Your future in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). STEM talent is essential to delivering innovative solutions for the Nation, and the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) is committed to engaging, inspiring and attracting the next generation of STEM talent.

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The U.S. Army has it all – top science and engineering talent, world-class research facilities and vital real-world research opportunities. AEOP connects students with exciting, hands-on STEM educational opportunities from where they are, through every phase of their educational career and at no cost.

Participation in AEOP offers mentoring from Army STEM experts, real-world research opportunities, national competitions, summer programs, career exploration events and internships. More information about AEOP programs and opportunities can be found at

Junior Solar Sprint (4th – 8th grade)
An inquiry-based engineering challenge where students design, build and race model solar cars. An online portal provides resources and connections to education standards for teachers and mentors.

Mobile Discovery Center (4th– 9th grade)
Housed in 18-wheelers, the mobile centers travel across the country, presenting programs designed to show students that studying math and science is fun as well as essential to their future.

Gains in the Education of Mathematics & Science (GEMS) (5th-12th grade)
A summer program that provides students and teachers with hands-on learning experiences in a professional laboratory environment working alongside high school and college-aged mentors, and senior Army scientists and engineers.

eCYBERMISSION (6th– 9th grade)
A web-based STEM competition in which teams of students use the scientific inquiry process or the engineering design process to propose a solution to a real problem in their communities, competing for state, regional and national awards.

West Point Bridge Design Contest (6th – 12th grade)
Students use award-winning software to model, test and optimize a steel highway bridge, based on realistic specifications, constraints and performance criteria. The top designers in the country earn a chance to participate in the national competition, hosted at The United States Military Academy at West Point, for recognition and scholarship awards.

UNITE (9th – 12th grade)
This program promotes college majors and careers in engineering by providing high school students who are historically underserved and underrepresented in STEM areas with the opportunity to participate in a hands-on academic and enrichment summer experience in engineering.

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) (9th-12th grade)
JSHS supports and recognizes high school students as they present their original research pursuits in the STEM areas, competing for scholarships and awards at both regional and national symposia.

Internships (High School and College)
AEOP provides students with hands-on research internships in both military laboratory and university laboratory settings. Applications are accepted year round and vary according to each program.
•  Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)
•  Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP)
•  High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP)
•  College Qualified Leaders (CQL)
•  Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)

Scholarship and Award Opportunities (Undergraduate and Graduate)
The Department of Defense offers many opportunities for students to continue their pursuit of education beyond high school. Additional information on these opportunities can be found at
•  Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Defense Scholarship for Service Program
•  National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)

Educators, Partners and Mentors
AEOP is committed to delivering resources and programs that empower our educators to exponentially impact students. To ensure that the programs and resources are both complementary to classroom instruction and integration, AEOP relies on the expertise, knowledge and input of educators, partners, mentors and volunteers.

Some AEOP programs include program implementation incentives. Opportunities to get involved with AEOP as a volunteer include: curriculum development, scientists and engineers in the classroom, STEM competition mentoring and project judging, teacher professional development and mentoring. To learn more about how to get involved in AEOP visit:


Contact Info

Donna Augustine Burnette
Program Director, AEOP Cooperative Agreement
Program Website
AEOP Brochure