ECBC and Harford Community College sign education agreement

The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center announced on Tuesday that it has signed an education partnership agreement with Harford Community College.

The agreement, which was signed at a ceremony at the Edgewood Area of APG on September 24, will formalize and expand the scope of the current collaboration in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The expansion will add to the current array of K-12 STEM education initiatives.

"This education partnership formalizes a long collaboration between the College and ECBC," Dennis Golladay, the president of Harford Community College, said. "The agreement will lead to further opportunities in pursuing our joint mission to expand knowledge and interest in STEM disciplines."

ECBC has worked with Harford Community College on its Project Dream Work program and Technology Teens initiative by providing hands-on experience that helps to reinforce the real-world application of STEM concepts. Because the programs are built for middle school students, making the STEM lessons fun and exciting has been an important part of the program. Subject matters have included strawberry DNA extraction, building electrical circuits out of lemons and potatoes, and unveiling the mystery behind pyrotechnics.

"Strategic partnerships in STEM education are critical for us to attract the best and brightest talent in science and engineering," the ECBC Technical Director Joseph D. Wienand said. "By investing in these young minds, we are investing in the future of ECBC."