The AOC recognizes the importance of STEM education which is why we are inviting you to be a part of our Inaugural STEM Outreach Program!
We are expecting around 300 high school and college students from DC area schools and universities to attend this inaugural event where they will have the opportunity to learn about to the basic concepts Radio Frequency (RF) Spectrum (e.g. waveforms, amplitude, frequency, transmitters, receivers, antennas and more), the physics of radio and RADAR transmissions, and the concepts behind Cyber vulnerabilities and Cyber security through a series of interactive and informative booths. Students will not only learn about these topics but be able to talk to representatives from universities about their STEM related programs as well as industry representatives about potential internships, careers, and how STEM plays a major role in their company.
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Here are just a few of the interactive and static displays at the STEM Outreach Program:
- F-35 Cockpit Demonstrator - What’s it like to fly the world’s most advanced military aircraft? You’ll find out in December when Lockheed Martin brings its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II interactive cockpit demonstrator to the AOC Inaugural STEM Program.
- Striker Helmet - A helmet that gives pilots “x-ray vision” as well as digital solution that provides exceptional night vision and target tracking technology, integrated within a visor-projected system.
- “Cantenna” Demonstration - This is a soup can antenna software define radar that can measure the distance and speed of people walking toward the demo.
- Chaff - Developed during World War II, chaff is a radar countermeasure in which aircraft or other targets spread a cloud of small, thin pieces of aluminum, metallized glass fiber or plastic, which either appears as a cluster of primary targets on radar screens or swamps the screen with multiple returns.
- AN/ALE-58 (BOL) - a Countermeasures Dispenser that is mounted under the wing of the F-15 fighter aircraft and is used to protect the aircraft from heat seeking and radar guided missiles that are trying to shoot them down. The Dispenser releases little packages into the airstream behind the aircraft by pilot command when the pilot knows that the aircraft is in danger of missile attack. These packages open up and materials are released that deceive the missiles tracking and steering system so that the missile is unable lock on to the aircraft and shoot the aircraft down.
- Drone Demo - Be sure to check out Raytheon's demonstration of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Bot/Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) and how the company's technology can pinpoint vulnerabilities and fight off a cyber attack.
- Man Portable CREW System (BALDR) - Worn by an individual soldier, the Baldr system provides a small zone of protection to the individual soldier.
- CREW Duke - a vehicle-mounted, lightweight electronic warfare system that was originally developed to provide protection against radio-controlled roadside bombs. It continues to evolve to deliver expanded capabilities, and is now the most widely deployed counter-IED system protecting our warfighters today.
- AN/ALQ-214 Component - Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) is the next-generation Aircraft self-protect countermeasure system. The AN/ALQ-214 is the most advanced self-protection jammer system in the world today.
- High Power Microwave - The Narrow Band Threat System – A (NBTS-A) is a high power microwave source outputting 32 Mega-Watts acquired for White Sands Missile Range by the Directed Energy Test and Evaluation Capability. As a threat source NBTS-A is scalable in power, and tunable in pulse width and repetition frequency. The source simulates threats for MIL STD 464C testing.
- Dia-Electric Wave Guide (antenna made of bricks) and other hands-on microwave experiments - Did you know you can make an antenna from a brick? Ever wonder how a microwave oven cooks your food but not you? Why are there cell phone towers everywhere? The National Electronics Museum will demonstrate key concepts in microwave propagation and transmission using simple household items and easy to understand hands-on exhibits.
- Directional Sound -
Using an array of speakers and custom sound mixing technology, particular sound waves can be sent in specific directions. This allows listeners on one side to hear sounds that cannot be heard by others a few feet away, and that arrangement can be flipped in a split second. An array of radar antennas use similar technology to scan a region with radar waves without having to use a rotating dish. It’s all wave physics, and waves can be manipulated in many surprising ways.
Raytheon's Next Generation Jammer will be built on a combination of high-powered, agile, beam-jamming techniques and cutting-edge solid-state electronics to achieve two goals: meet the U.S. Navy's electronic warfare mission requirements and provide a cost-effective open systems architecture for future upgrades. It is scheduled to replace legacy ALQ-99 tactical jamming pods, delivering new capabilities for the Navy's EA-18G Growler.
- EA-18 model - The EA-18 enables warfighters to perform an array of airborne electronic attack (AEA) missions, operating from either the deck of an aircraft carrier or land-based fields. The EA-18G integrates the capabilities of the most advanced AEA system. It is the most advanced airborne jammer in the world today.
- Software-Defined Radio – Drexel University’s display features two software-defined radio (SDR) nodes equipped with reconfigurable antennas, which are capable of modifying their radiation patterns based on the needs of the overlying link or network. SDRs will be communicating with each other, while optimizing their wireless link by selecting the antenna mode that yields the maximum signal-to-noise ratio. This antenna selection algorithm can be subsequently applied to mitigate RF interference, enhance spectrum spatial reuse, and improve wireless cybersecurity. Participants will also be able to use our augmented reality framework to observe the changing radiation patterns of the antennas.
Who else will be attending?
- Ohio State University
- The Office of Naval Research (ONR)
- George Mason University
- Drexel University
- Virginia Tech Hume Center
- Penn State University
- US Air Force Academy
- University of Dayton
- Georgia Tech Research Institute
- AFROTC Detachment 330-University of Maryland
- University of Maryland Army ROTC
If you would like to have a booth in the Recruitment Area at the STEM Program contact Pamela Wallace firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Attendance Hours
Wednesday, December 2
- High School Groups: 8:30am-2:30pm
- Everyone Else: 2:30-6:00pm
Thursday, December 3
- High School Groups: 8:30am-3:30pm
- Everyone Else: 2:30-5:00pm
Are you a high school or college student who is interested in attending this STEM event? If so, please contact Pamela Wallace email@example.com and express your interest! All students without a school group may attend between the hours of 2:30-6:00pm on Tuesday, December 2 and 2:30-5:00pm on Wednesday, December 3.