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Arduino is a SMART Car project for students. It is a self-paced program that contains
5 projects: assembling the car, IR remote, obstacle avoidance, line tracking and WiFi.
A link to buy the materials and how to download the Arduino software/coding is included.

Link to Arduino...


The STEM office is excited about the continued offering of the Free Access NJ Program from DimensionU, through the 2023-24 School Year. The direct link for educators, students and parents to sign-up is: Alternatively,
there is a "Free Access New Jersey" button on the DimensionU website to direct users to the sign-up page.

Link to DimensionU...


We will begin accepting requests for the 2023-2024 school year on September 01, 2023. Click here to continue to the form.



  • May 17 - June 16, 2023
    FIRST TEAM: FIRST | For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and TechnologyThe STEM office would like to remind you that this is the time of year to apply for the 2023–2024 DoD STEM Grant (Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering, OUSD (R&E)/Basic Research Office).
    The 2023-2024 season is now open!
    Grant Application Timeline
    • 17 May 2023: Grants portal opens at 4 PM EST.
    • 16 Jun 2023: ALL PROPOSALS DUE. Grant portal closes at 11:59 PM PDT. (Please note time change.)

    • Applications not submitted via the portal will NOT be considered for funding.
      Please reach out to your DoD Picatinny mentor to apply for your team.
      Note: The portal may only be accessed by persons with email addresses ending in “.mil” or “.dodea.”
  • July
      A new radically simple method for teaching 3d Design that delivers real results in the classroom.
      All workshop sessions are paid for by Picatinny Arsenal
      These are must-attend workshops that will change how you use and teach digital design and 3D Printing in the classroom and how you can use and leverage 3D Design and 3D Printing to advance your robotics teams. You will leave these workshops with design skills, curriculum components, and the confidence to lead your students leveraging 3D Design and 3D Printing technology.

      • Beginner Workshop: 3D Design, 3D Printing, and Digital Design
        This workshop is ideal for any Robotics coach or K-12 educator who is new to 3D Design or is contemplating purchasing a 3D Printer for teaching.
        When: July 10-11, 2023, is oversubscribed.
        All registrations for this date will be added to the waitlist.
        When: Aug 23 - 24, 2023

      • Advanced Workshop: 3D Design, 3D Printing and Digital Design
        This workshop is ideal for any Robotics coach or K-12 educator who is comfortable with 3D CAD Design software and / or a 3D Printer
        When: July 12-13, 2023
  • October - see attachment
    We are very excited to announce the 2023 Pumpkin Sling at Picatinny!
    Friday, October 20th, Rain Date Friday, October 27th, 2023.


Sparta Alpine Elementary School Kindergarten Students Explore Forces on ‘Star Wars’ Day

Star Wars Day 2023

The kindergarten students at Alpine Elementary School had the opportunity to explore “forces” on May 4, aka “Star Wars Day”.


Student Perseverance In Robotics Competition Sets Stage For Future Career Challenges

Student Robotics 2023

More than three dozen high school teams converged at Mount Olive High School for a recent robotics competition.


Popular STEM Outreach Event For Young Women Resumes At Picatinny

Young Women STEM Outreach

After a two-year pause, a popular event to encourage young women to enter technical careers was held here on Feb. 23 with renewed vigor, attracting students from 28 high schools.


Students Captivated By Science Demonstrations At Picatinny STEM Outreach

Hillside Students Tour Picatinny

A rapt audience at Franklin Elementary School was recently treated to science demonstrations as a way to encourage student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as to boost the number of females in technical careers.


Hillside High School Students Tour Picatinny For Broader Army Perspective

Hillside Students Tour Picatinny

A group of students comprised mainly of JROTC cadets from Hillside High School toured a variety of facilities at Picatinny Arsenal on Nov. 4 to learn more about the type of work performed at the installation and get a broader perspective on U.S. Army operations.


In Picatinny Competition, Kids Build Catapults To Launch Pumpkins Into The Lake

Pumpkin Slinging Contest 2022

Approximately 50 students from five northern New Jersey schools matched engineering wits in a competition to determine who designed the catapult that could launch pumpkins the farthest into Lake Picatinny on Friday, Oct. 21.


Sussex County Tech Takes Top Prize At Picatinny Pumpkin Sling With A 160-Meter Launch

Sussex VoTech Wins

Sussex County Technical School students launched a pumpkin 160 meters on their first attempt to take top prize in a battle between high schools over which team could sling pumpkins farthest into Lake Picatinny.


While Frenetic Robots Reap Instant Attention, Competitions Hold Lasting Value For Students

Frenetic Robots 2022

Students engaged at a recent high school robotics tournament continually load and offload their robots from carts during fast-paced rounds against competing schools.


STEM Students Complete 6-month Army Educational Outreach Program at Picatinny Arsenal

STEM Students Outreach Program

Approximately 20 college students participated in the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) apprenticeship program as interns during the months of March through August at Picatinny Arsenal.


Girl Scouts, Picatinny Arsenal STEM Outreach Host Workshop In Boonton Community

Girl Scouts Outreach

Boonton Township Juniors Troop 96538 hosted a summer STEM-based Badge Workshop in collaboration with the Picatinny Arsenal STEM Outreach program July 11 in Boonton, N.J.


STEM Team Supported by Picatinny Arsenal Wins State Robotics Competition, Head to Nationals


The FIRST Tech Challenge 9889 Cruise Control team won the New Jersey State
Championship in a robotics competition for students in grades 7 through 12.


Picatinny Arsenal Supports STEM eCYBERMISSION Challenge


Student Virtual Judges provide timely feedback, comments, and scores on 5 student Mission Folders during eCYBERMISSION Virtual Judging.


Video: “New Perspectives with Ralph Tillinghast and Sally Nadler” RVN Televsion - February 17, 2021

Ralph Tillinghast and Sally Nadler

New Perspectives host, Barry Leftkowitz, is joined today by his guests Ralph Tillinghast, Director of Innovation for the US Army and Sally Nadler, Asst. Dean at Douglas College for STEM.

Presentation can be viewed here: E7 - NP - Ralph Tillinghast & Sally Nadler.

Picatinny Arsenal STEM Outreach hosts virtual STEM Teacher Workshop

Twenty New Jersey teachers participated in a three-day virtual STEM Teacher Workshop Jan. 25, 27 and 29 as part of a program led by Picatinny Arsenal STEM Outreach.


STEM Outreach Office, DimensionU Offer Picatinny Families Free Access To Educational Video Games

Free Access to Video Games

During the summer of 2020, the Picatinny Arsenal STEM Outreach Office and DimensionU teamed up to provide children of Picatinny employees free access to an educational video game platform that supports core math and literacy learning.


Summer Interns Assist Picatinny Arsenal STEM Team With Creation of New Online Game

Interns Create Online Game

Twenty-two college interns had the chance to spend their summer assisting in the development of an online multi-player game that teaches engineering basics.


Art Teachers Learn 3-D Printing Through STEM Outreach at Picatinny Arsenal

Art Teachers Learn 3-D Printing

A dozen art and graphic design teachers from area high schools attended a two-day workshop at Picatinny Arsenal called "Art Classes of Tomorrow."


CATTS Simulation

The Creative All Terrain Transport System (CATTS) web based simulation program was developed by the Simulations Department of The Picatinny Arsenal at the request of the Picatinny STEM Education Office.

The CATTS Simulation was designed and developed to directly mirror the open architecture of the CATTS robot. Unlike other simulations which rely on a predetermined drive train set up, the CATTS simulations allow the user to build the robot in the simulated world in any configuration they so wish without restriction. The student can test the hypothetical design on a simulated environment prior to building the physical CATTS Robot. This reduces potential costs to the school associated with building multiple prototypes. It also provides an introduction to procedures useful when coming to terms with the design and development of complex engineering systems.

The CATTS Simulation will be deployed via a password and username protected ARDEC sponsored server. Instructors will download the EXE file and install the program on the schools' student computers. The number of downloads and who downloaded the program will be tracked via individualized passwords and usernames. Any technical faults with the program or the webpage should be directed to the Picatinny STEM office.

Hour Of Code

Hour Of Code


Maintain our nation's economic and military leadership in a free world.

Knowing the students of today will be the workforce of tomorrow, provide the resources and the support necessary to:

  1. Motivate Students
  2. Inform Parents
  3. Assist teachers and school administrators
  4. Promote careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  5. Direct resources from the Defense and Educational Communities, government and private, into creative and effective educational programs
  6. Develop and distribute innovative state of the art educational resources


To provide the future workforce needed in our Department of Defense Laboratories and contribute to a technologically proficient society.

Please view the latest STEM news on our STEM page.

From the STEM Desk

The Picatinny Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Office has a responsibility to help create a technologically proficient society able to meet the nation's workforce needs. Our concern is not just for government labs, but also for the military, the industrial sector, and society in general. We are proud to be a product of cooperation between private industry, the government, and the academic community. Providing assistance to schools, support for students and leadership in developing creative educational activities appropriate for the 21st century allows us to insure preparedness through education. We welcome the opportunity to be a key factor in maintaining America's status as the world leader in innovation, freedom, and opportunity for its citizens. Your comments and suggestions are encouraged. We welcome you as a STEM partner.

STEM Research Papers

To aid educators, other STEM outreach providers and enhance STEM outreach the Picatinny STEM Office has published academic papers to share our lessons learned and research findings. Please click on the following links to access a full listing of our publications: more...

Full versions of the papers are available upon request