Department of Defense Education Activity

Europe Student Academic Activities - STEM


FIRST Tech Challenge is an exciting and fun global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for science, technology, and discovery in young people. With a focus on STEM skills and concepts, the event teaches principles of leadership and how to work as a team. Student teams at FTC compete head-to-head in shifting alliances using robots designed, built, and programmed by team members. The robot kit is reusable year-to-year and is programmed using Java. Teams are required to develop strategies and build robots based on sound engineering principles and keep an engineering notebook detailing their work. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. The top award-winning team will receive an invitation to the World Championship in the United States.


The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program is a tri-service (U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force) sponsored STEM competition which promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement. By rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our nation. Students work under supervision of a mentor, typically school-based, to develop and conduct their original research project for submission to the DoDEA-Europe Regional event held in March. The best projects from the Region are advanced to JSHS Nationals. Students and families bear no cost for participation in JSHS at any level.


School sponsors coach middle school students in problem solving and math skills for this national program. Students then compete as both teams and individuals at the School, Chapter, and State levels, with State finalists advancing to Nationals. First, second and third place team and individuals receive trophies.

STEMposium, Grades 9-11

STEMposium is a weeklong experience in problem-solving and engineering traditionally held in December. The event is designed to introduce selected DoDEA-Europe students to a real-world engineering scenario which requires the application of science, technology, and math. Content area experts will present information, mentor, and provide hands-on, practical experiences targeted at solving a multi-faceted, relevant, and dynamic problem. The goal of the STEMposium is to use practicing researchers, scientists, and engineers to model 21st Century Skills such as team dynamics, adaptability, problem-solving, complex communications, systems thinking, and self-management/self-direction.