The mission of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills; inspire innovation; and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. APL proudly hosts two FIRST events—the FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship and the FIRST LEGO League state qualifier competition—that are closely aligned with our goal of helping students realize their potential to become STEM professionals.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe. APL partners with ASME to sponsor the FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge for Maryland.
APL partners with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) to provide mentor, advisor, speaker, and technical support to HCPSS students, teachers, and administrators.
APL partners with Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) to provide mentor, advisor, speaker, and technical support to BCPS students, teachers, and administrators.
APL partners with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to provide insight into industry needs for future STEM professionals to MSDE administrators.
APL is working with Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to provide internship opportunities for PLTW students, training support for teachers, and APL-based project examples that are aligned with the PLTW curriculum.
Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is a coalition of more than 100 leading employers, including APL, that have made a long-term commitment to support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland. MBRT works to achieve meaningful, measurable, and systemic improvement in schools and student achievement through high standards, rigorous assessments, and strong accountability. MBRT sponsors STEMnet, STEM Specialists in the Classroom, and many other programs that help prepare students for STEM careers. APL partners with MBRT to provide lecturers for their Speakers Bureau and Specialists in the Classroom programs.