For 100 years, the people of Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) have dedicated themselves to developing, testing, and fielding world-changing technology. The contributions of Aberdeen Proving Ground and its workforce have been significant not only in defense of our nation, but also to society as a whole – computing, the Internet, artificial respiration, high-speed photography, and much more. Many of the technological advances first developed at APG for military application, have found their way into the everyday lives of our citizens.
This year, Aberdeen Proving Ground has been celebrating its 100th Anniversary and all of the contributions APG has made in that time. The APG Centennial Celebration Association (ACCA), a 501(c)(3), was formed to help conduct this year-long observance of the Post’s founding through a schedule of over 150 programs and activities that raise public awareness of the history and global impact of the installation. The APG Centennial Gala is the culminating activity of this year of events.
ACCA’s long-term goal is to create a permanent APG Technology, Heritage, and Education Center (ATHEC) that will fill the void created by the movement of the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum at APG to Ft. Lee, VA. This Discovery and Education Center will feature displays and demonstrations that engage and excite our community, especially our youth.
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 Goldstine, 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. Net proceeds from the Gala will benefit the ATHEC, helping to bring it to reality.
If you are interested in working with us to launch the ATHEC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ACCA is grateful for the support of an incredible planning committee for the APG Centennial Gala. The planning committee represents a cross section of people from government and the business community.
Honorary Gala Co-Chairs:
- Mr. Lucas Taylor, spouse of MG Randy Taylor, Commanding General CECOM
- Ms. Debi Glassman, spouse of Harford County Executive Barry Glassman
- Ms. Debra Bonner, spouse of BG James Bonner, Commanding General of 20th CBRNE
Experience Team Lead:
PR/Invitation Team Lead:
Sponsorship Team Leads:
Sue Manning and Tony Palumbo