HAGERSTOWN -- A summer science program being introduced this year through a partnership between Fort Detrick and Washington County Public Schools will benefit student participants no matter what careers they choose, officials said Monday morning during a signing ceremony that formalized the partnership.
The Gains in Education of Mathematics and Sciences/Young Engineers and Scientists (GEMS/YES) program will teach middle-schoolers how subjects like biology, chemistry and math are applied in real-life scenarios, with this summer focusing on the field of forensics.
"It's a great way to get kids excited about science," Washington County Board of Education Vice President Justin Hartings said after the ceremony. "My hope is that it will sort of spark that excitement and give them the motivation to carry it on to a future career. And even if it doesn't, the experience of being able to solve problems, approach problems and be analytical, I think, serves them in every aspect of life."