DoDEA: STEM Partnership Formed with USACE
June 11, 2013
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers (USACE) are partnering to advance Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in DoDEA classrooms around the
The initiative becomes official at a Partnership Agreement Signing
Ceremony to be held on May 20, at 1 p.m., at Ashurst Elementary School
located on Marine Corps Base Quantico.
The partnership is the first STEM initiative between the U.S. Army and
DoDEA. It leverages the missions, talents and resources of both DoDEA
and USACE to advance STEM in elementary and secondary school curriculum.
The program will include the development of a specific civil works
project or other USACE function that directly relates to DoDEA’s K-12
STEM content and curriculum. The USACE interns and DoDEA students will
collaborate on projects and their efforts will culminate in a
competition and awards ceremony held two times each school year.
Marilee Fitzgerald, DoDEA Director, expressed the enthusiasm and
commitment of DoDEA’s teachers and staff for the program.
“DoDEA is truly honored and grateful for the opportunity to partner with
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to focus on preparing the next
generation to develop the skills, capacity, flexibility and perseverance
they will need to ensure our nation continues to be a world leader in
the STEM fields,” said Ms. Fitzgerald. “This collaborative effort will
form a team that will make an impact on the lives of our students,
excite them about STEM’s potential and inspire them to pursue a
STEM-related career,” she added.
Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick,
echoed Ms. Fitzgerald’s sentiments and emphasized USACE’s vision for the
program; the importance of the STEM partnership with DoDEA, and the
opportunities it will provide for DoDEA students around the world.
"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is excited about the partnership with
DoDEA and our ability to leverage our scientists and engineers to
provide STEM-related expertise to military children around the world. We
are committed to teaming with others to strengthen STEM programs that
inspire young people to pursue careers in these fields,” said Lt. Gen.
The partnership’s focus aligns with the White House and Department of
Education’s focus on educating global leaders and preparing students for
STEM careers in the 21st Century global economy. According to research
performed by the Department of Education, careers in all STEM-related
fields will increase 14% between now and 2020. As the Department of
Education Chart below indicates, even more job growth is expected in
STEM-related fields such as mathematics, computer science, and
plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th
grade education programs for Department of Defense dependents that would
otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA
schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Guam,
Cuba, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to
Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approximately 37,000 dedicated
civilians and soldiers delivering vital public and military engineering
services to customers in more than 130 countries worldwide. In peace and
war, the organization partners with other agencies to strengthen our
nation's security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters.