About DoD STEM
Strength Through Innovation
At the Department of Defense, our people are the military's most enduring advantage. DoD continually seeks to increase development of a representative, world-class STEM talent pool capable of filling our workforce needs and providing continuous access to STEM talent throughout the Nation.
SMART Scholarships awarded since 2006
Student participation in DoD-sponsored FIRST robotics
DoD volunteers who mentor FIRST teams
The Department of Defense employs more scientists and engineers than any other federal agency. Under the federal STEM strategic plan, the Department is charged with developing education initiatives that are unique to the DoD mission but also help meet five-year goals of improving instruction, increasing engagement, growing the pool of STEM degree holders, broadening the participation of historically underrepresented groups, and improving the graduate school experience. DoD STEM is the collective arm of the Department whose mission is to attract, inspire, and develop exceptional STEM talent across the educational spectrum to sustain the Department's competitive edge.