National Science Competition Finalists Explore Cutting-Edge Research at Johns Hopkins APL

An elite group of high school seniors visited the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, earlier this month as part of the Society for Science Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest science research competition for high school students. The visit, part of a series of educational tours for competition finalists, offered the young researchers a firsthand look at the cutting-edge work being done at APL.

“We were honored to have this remarkable group of STEM students visit APL as part of their final round,” said Elise Buckley, academic programs specialist in APL’s STEM Program Management Office. “These high school students are involved in advanced, cutting-edge research and are the STEM change-makers of the future.”

Among the highlights of the March 11 visit were tours of APL labs focused on 4D printing, genomics sequencing operationalization and Climate TRACE, as well as a demonstration in APL’s Intelligent Systems Center (ISC) on prompt engineering. The APL Innovation Program’s Briana Vecchio-Pagan led a discussion with three scientists and engineers — data scientist Megan Baker, senior mathematician Elizabeth Reilly and computational scientist Joe Downs — on robotics and artificial intelligence.