What It Is:

The Defense Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Consortium (DSEC) is a collaborative partnership between academia, industry, not-for-profit organizations and government that aims to broaden STEM literacy and develop a diverse and agile workforce with the technical excellence to defend our Nation. By addressing and prioritizing critical STEM challenges, the Department of Defense (DoD) is investing in evidence-based approaches to inspire and develop the Nation’s science and technology workforce. Educators who are recognized with the DoD STEM Ambassador award will partner with DSEC to advance STEM outreach throughout the 2021-2022 school year. As members of this prestigious cohort, DoD STEM Ambassadors will collaborate to create and curate resources to support STEM educators across the nation in implementing high quality STEM learning for all students. This program is facilitated by RTI International.


The total amount for this award is $20,000. Each award is broken down based on the following:

  • $12,500 educator stipend
  • $5,000 educator classroom materials and supplies
  • $2,500 educator conference or Professional Development attendance (registration, lodging, travel)

Deadline to apply is June 18

Meet an Ambassador

DoD STEM Teacher Ambassador Jonté Lee

Jonté Lee, a chemistry and physics teacher and DoD STEM Ambassador from Washington, DC, moved his chemistry lab to his home for online instruction during the pandemic. His informative and fun weekly lessons from his kitchen have caught on with not only his students but with others across the country.


Target Population

DOD STEM Ambassadors are expected to work with students who are underrepresented in STEM and/or military-connected as defined by:

  • Military-connected students, including the following categories:
    • Military child – dependents of members of the Active Duty Armed Forces
    • Military-connected – military child plus the dependents of members of the National Guard and Reserves
    • Military-affiliated – military-connected plus the dependents of Veterans
  • Female students
  • Racial/ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM (i.e. Alaska Natives, Native Americans, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics/Latinx, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders)
  • Students with disabilities
  • Students with English as a second language (English Language Learners, ELL)
  • Students who attend ruralTitle 1, or other federally-targeted schools


In order to be considered:

  • Must be currently employed to work directly with students in K-16 settings (e.g., teachers, counselors).
  • Demonstrate a history of outstanding commitment to the DSEC fundamentals, particularly for working with students who have been historically underrepresented in STEM and/or are military-connected.
  • Demonstrate creativity and ingenuity to engage students in remote and virtual formats during the COVID-19 disruption.

Scope of Work:

Throughout the year (September 2021 – August 2022), members in the cohort will:

  • Create and curate remote-learning and digital materials such as lesson plans, learning activities, and creative engagement approaches to be shared with educators. Emphasis on the following domains prioritized by the Federal STEM Strategic Plan:
    • Transdisciplinary learning in STEM
    • Computational literacy, including data science and cyber education
    • Work-based learning experiences with industry
    • Mathematics
    • STEM ecosystems
  • Guest author blog posts to be featured on the DoD STEM website
  • Support at least one presentation at national, state, and/or local conferences to share DoD STEM resources (may or may-not be DSEC-sponsored events)
  • Meet virtually monthly as a community of practice to network and learn from each other

Deadline to apply is Friday, June 18