Highlights for March 12th Event Include Connected Cars, High School STEM Superstars and Former Astronaut
VIENNA, Va.–WashingtonExec, with Presenting Sponsor The Aerospace Corporation and Gold Sponsors Vencore and Siemens Government Technologies, will hold the 2016 K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Symposium, the largest annual K-12 STEM Symposium in Northern Virginia. More than 2,500 children, parents, teachers and business leaders are expected to attend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 12, 2016 at the Nysmith School in Herndon, Va.
More than 40 high-tech, engineering and science education, nonprofit, government and industry organizations will be represented at the free event through keynote and panel discussions, classroom breakout sessions, interactive exhibits, and top student science fair projects.
In conjunction with this year’s STEM Symposium theme “Opportunities in STEM,” interactive exhibits will include UAVs, flight simulators, smallsats/drones, physics experiments, topography models, heart monitors, 3D printers, robotics, safe cybersecurity practices, connected cars and other exhibits aimed at students in kindergarten all the way through college.
The Defense Intelligence Agency, George Mason University, Volgenau School of Engineering, Hewett Packard Enterprise, JASON Learning, Microsoft in Education, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, The Children’s Science Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity Education and Awareness (CE&A) Branch and the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center under the U.S. Department of Transportation are a few of the Symposium’s exhibiting partners.
“Correlating science and mathematics taught in the classroom to impactful careers is an ongoing challenge for U.S. businesses and government entities in the STEM fields,” said Ed Swallow, Vice President of Vaeros at The Aerospace Corporation. “This year’s Symposium theme of Opportunities in STEM is broad by design and was selected to help children and their parents discover new and exciting possibilities in the STEM fields.”
9:30 am Topic: Industry/Government Perspective: Workforce Needs and Solutions
Eric Schierling, Former Top Gun Fighter Pilot
Ed Swallow, The Aerospace Corporation
11:00am Pooja Chandrashekar, Student and Social Entrepreneur
11:15 am Keynote Address: Dr. Evan Glazer, Principal of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
1:00 pm Topic: Best Practices Across the K-12 Pipeline for STEM Career Choices
Dr. Sandy Magnus, Former Astronaut
2:00pm Topic: Opportunities in STEM Talk
Dr. Evan Glazer, Principal of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Kritika Singh, high school student and CEO of Malaria Free World
Scott Settar, Program Manager, STEAM Integration, Fairfax County Public Schools
This event is open to the public and credentialed media. Advance registration is required. For additional information, go towww.stemsymposium.com.
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