For 100 years, Harford County has been home to some of the most brilliant minds in science and technology. Their inventions have changed how people live, work, and play around the globe.
The vision for the ATHEC: a place where students of all ages explore, experience, invent, create, and play with technology, leading them to a greater understanding of the scientific principles at play and the history of that technology’s development.
The ATHEC will tell the stories of the region’s rich technology heritage and contribution to society. We want to create an interactive space where we can light a fire of discovery in students of all ages and from all backgrounds. At the ATHEC facilities visitors will have access to:
- Historically accurate labs to follow the timelines of inventors such as Herman Heine Golstine, creator of the first computer, the ENIAC.
- Interactive labs to learn about the invention of the gas-mask and experience the testing process through virtual reality.
- Engage in interactive exhibits that demonstrate things like computer programming and how dogs are trained to sniff explosives. Each area includes APG specific stories to enhance the connection with past and present STEM initiatives.
- Laboratory classrooms where teachers will supervise the learning of biological, chemical, and physical sciences.
- Large multi-purpose rooms that can be used by non-profit groups for field trips, APG leaders to
- host dignitaries, professional associations to hold TED talks, and family workshops on specific topics.
ATHEC will be a community asset designed to inspire education and innovation in STEM for students of all ages.