ASPIRE High School Mentoring Program
The ASPIRE High School Mentoring Program places qualified students recommended by their schools into one-on-one internships with APL staff members for research projects or career experiences based on the work at APL. The students receive credits toward graduation or other formal recognition.
High school juniors and seniors who are interested in interning at APL should contact their school's Gifted and Talented or internship coordinator. Private schools may contact the APL STEM Program Management Office.
To learn more about this program, please visit our ASPIRE webpage.
Groovy Science Show
Groovy Science, a traveling show for K–12 students, uses interactive demonstrations to illustrate how math and science affect our daily lives. Principles of energy, momentum, pressure, heat, flight, and many others are introduced through engaging experiments that involve student volunteers.
Schools interested in booking the Groovy Science Show (for a fee) should contact the APL STEM Program Management Office.
Phone: 240-228-STEM (Washington, DC, area) or 443-778-STEM (Baltimore area)
This Howard County Public School middle school Gifted and Talented (G/T) computer programming class provides opportunities for motivated and highly able students to learn fundamental programming skills. Students gain hands-on experience using the computer to solve problems in mathematics, physics, and engineering. Course content has been developed as part of a continuing collaboration with volunteer staff members from APL. Students read and write programs in the open-source Python programming language, learn fundamental programming concepts common to most modern languages (for example, variables, values, and types; arrays and iteration; etc.), and apply those concepts to the solution of a series of incrementally challenging problems.
This program is offered at a limited number of schools. Students who are interested in participating should contact their school's Gifted and Talented coordinator.