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RTI International partners with Cumberland County Schools for DOD STEM program

By Staff Report, posted Nov 18, 2021 on BizFayetteville.com


RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute,  has partnered with Cumberland County Schools as part of a DOD STEM program.

The program, STARward STEM, puts STEM professionals in front of students so they can learn more about STEM careers. The industry experts can also consult with students on their projects to help students build important career skills and excel academically. 

The “STAR” in STARward, is an acronym that stands for “Something They’ll Always Remember.” 

Today, tomorrow and Monday, RTI is in town with a STEM van to visit three schools. RTI has staff in over 75 countries worldwide with their experts holding degrees in more than 250 scientific, technical and professional disciplines, according to their website. Their headquarters is in Research Triangle Park. 

The lead partners for the program are RTI International, DoDSTEM, Cumberland County Schools, dreamUp, the Emerging Technology Institute, and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. 

The three-year program has reached 300 teachers, 4000 students and ten Cumberland County schools, focused on space and space-connected STEM topics aligned with DoD priorities, according to a presentation from STARward STEM. 

To register to become a STARward STEM industry professional volunteer, click here. 


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