Frequently Asked Questions

What Are STEM Fields?
  • agricultural sciences
  • biological sciences
  • chemistry
  • computer science
  • earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences
  • engineering
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, cognitive science, economics, behavioral sciences)
  • technology

APL is focused on the disciplines shown in bold.

What Geographic Area Do We Serve?

Our outreach efforts are focused on an area within a 25-mile radius or less than a 30-minute drive from APL:

  • Parts of Anne Arundel County
  • Baltimore City
  • Parts of Baltimore County
  • Parts of Carroll County
  • Parts of Frederick County
  • Howard County
  • Parts of Montgomery County
  • Parts of Prince George's County
  • Washington, DC

We also partner with other government agencies and companies to provide coverage to areas that fall outside of our outreach area.

Which STEM Events Does APL Participate In?

  • Science fair judging
  • High school expos/career days
  • Competition judging
  • Competition and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) team advising
  • Classroom subject-matter expert support
  • Mentoring

What Is the APL STEM Corps?

The APL STEM Corps is the group of APL volunteers who provide community outreach for kindergarten to 12th-grade students. APL staff members who volunteer in the community for STEM events such as science fairs, presentations, demonstrations, or in-class instruction are considered part of the APL STEM Corps.