This all-day free event includes exciting exhibits, inspiring speakers, and panel experts who will highlight just how vital it is to engage parents, students, teachers, corporate/government execs and non-profit representatives alike in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education and careers.
Over 500 students, parents, teachers, corporate/government executives, and non-profit representatives are projected to attend.
Mission & Outcome:
The symposium will provide the opportunity for K-12 students in the National Capital Region (NCR) to showcase their achievements in STEM, and to interact with key business, education, non-profit and government leaders through real-life applications and presentations about how science, technology, engineering and mathematics impacts our community.
From an industry leader perspective, professionals will have the opportunity to establish and strengthen critical relationships between business and education professionals in our region. Leaders will also be able to gauge the STEM proficiency of the local prospective STEM pipeline.
This symposium precedes the USA Science and Engineering Festival, to be held April 26 & 27 at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Who Should Attend?
Students (first grade and above), parents, educators, nonprofit leaders, corporate leaders and federal leaders with a vested interest in the National Capital Region (NCR) STEM pipeline.
What to Expect:
Participating organizations will exhibit throughout the day, starting at 10:15am, with the main event and keynote session occurring at 11am.
Presenting sponsor Leidos will exhibit a technology showcase on the topic of cybersecurity and also cover internship opportunities in our region. Founding sponsor Northrop Grumman Corporation will hold The Chopper Drop Challenge, a helicopter contest, throughout the day for kids of all ages.
George Mason University's STEM Accelerator program will engage children of all ages with activities that include:
- Forensic Sciences: Fingerprints with balloons and inkpads
- Chemistry & Materials: Polymer Activity
- Physics & Generating Power: Hand-crank motors
- Physics & Static Electricity: Van der Graff
- Geology Precipitating Calcite by adding tonic water, ammonia etc.
- Math Magic!
Enjoy learning important physics principles of aerodynamics, gravity and motion at the Children’s Science Center’s Physics Playground: Engineering in Motion exhibit. Learn what careers use physics – there are more than you think! Finally, come learn about the project to create the future full-scale museum in Northern Virginia, and how youth leaders are already inspiring thousands of area children in STEM through our Museum Without Walls programs. The Subway in Fair Lakes will have lunch/refreshments for sale during the event. Attendees are also welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Panel Topics and Speakers:
Keynote Speakers (11:00am): Rob Zitz (Leidos) and Ted Cope (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency)
Panel I (9:45am): Industry/Government Perspective: Workforce Needs and Solutions
Panel II (11:45am): The Workforce of Tomorrow are your Kids Today
Panel III (1:30pm): Best Practices Across the K-12 Pipeline for STEM Career Choices
Don't miss this unique educational opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with some of the area’s most notable STEM professionals - representing corporations, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies.
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Convened and organized by: WashingtonExec