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STEM Outreach programs moving to the forefront of many industries

Regional outreach efforts broadened


Left photo: 21st Annual Scholarship Banquet. Acting Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable B. J. Penn, keynoted an NNOA scholarship banquet in Washington, Saturday, April 18. NNOA and BDPA vow to strengthen community-based STEM programs and partnerships. NNOA-DC awarded over $60,000 in non-military scholarships to area youth. (L-R) Perry Carter [Tec-Masters], BDPA-DC President; Tom Abernethy [Accenture], NNOA-DC President; the Honorable B.J. Penn, Acting Secretary of the Navy; and Byron Jones, COO, AcademicONE.   National BDPA currently has two NNOA members serving as BDPA Chapter Presidents (Washington and Hampton Roads) with emerging BDPA special interest groups (SIGs) forming for Southern Maryland (NAVAIR), Fredericksburg and Stafford/Quantico [Virginia] communities. 

Center photo: 12th Annual  Youth Summit on Technology. BDPA Member and Sponsor, Thurman Jones, receives new checks for this fiscal year from industry partners in direct support of the Patriots Technology Training Center (PTTC) and its STEM programs.  PTTC facilities are among the region's training sites made available to FIRST Robotics teams and BDPA high school computer competition (HSCC) teams. (L-R) John Thomas [BAE Systems]; Thurman Jones [PTTC]; and Patrick Fee [BAE Systems].  

Right photo: Healthy Kids® Day 2009. Saturday, April 18, participating BDPA Chapters supported the YMCA, regional grocers, and local municipalities with annual health and wellness campaigns. Discover how BDPA's programs and related STEM disciplines are blending into nutritional, wellness, and physical fitness programs. (L-R) Donnie Shaw [YMCA National Capital Area]; Diane McDade [Whole Foods Market]; and Perry Carter, BDPA-DC.

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