The Hands-on Science Center's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program is designed to provide an exciting and interactive learning environment for teachers and students in kindergarten through the 12th grades. The mission is to inspire and develop student interest in STEM careers, especially in communities that surround military bases, laboratories, and other Department of Defense facilities.
The program strives to match hands-on activities with the school's curriculum, making learning fun for teachers and students. The program includes speakers, with a wide variety of expertise and life experiences, assist classes with specific programs of study.
Scientists, engineers and other professionals may be available to set up demonstrations at regional schools and judge projects at local science fairs. The STEM center is equipped with hands-on demonstrations ranging from flight dynamics and robotics, to constellations and moon colonies.
MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. The program heightens student interest in mathematics by making math achievement challenging and exciting. At the beginning of each school year, the MATHCOUNTS Foundation provides a complimentary copy of the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook to every middle school across the country. Teachers and volunteers use the handbook and activities to coach student Mathletes, as part of in-class instruction or as an extracurricular activity.