By Bob Gourley
The WashingtonExec Inaugural K-12 STEM Symposium will held on March 8th in Herndon VA. The event is open and free for the public. This event is expected to bring together 500 parents, students, teachers, corporate/government executives, and non-profit representatives. We are very much hoping you will be part of this activity. There is a real need of community action to enhance our nation’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education, training, careers and leadership and this is a great way to help a great cause. Please consider attending.
By the way, a small but vocal minority has begun advocating changing the acronym STEM to be C-STEM, adding that C for Cybersecurity. Since Northern Virginia is a key player in cybersecurity I expect this event will showcase many talented young cyber security professionals (we will see if I’m right on that one, more on that after the event).
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This inaugural Symposium will bring together over 500 parents, students, teachers, corporate/government executives, and non-profit representatives.
The forum’s mission is twofold:
To provide an 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 math impacts our community.
From an industry leader perspective, professionals will have the opportunity to share their insights with students, inspire students to pursue STEM, and gauge the STEM proficiency of their prospective pipeline.
Goals for the event:
- Allow industry and government representatives to elaborate on what they need from the STEM pipeline.
- Provide a space for students and parents to learn from industry and government leaders about future opportunities available to their students, and suggest potential academic paths for achieving particular STEM goals.
- Empower students to showcase past and current projects in a space conducive to praise as well as to constructive criticism; and then allow industry representatives to assist in explaining the ways in which industry support could facilitate the project.
- Facilitate interaction between students and industry to ultimately encourage the fostering of “mentor” type relationships between the two groups.
Don’t miss this unique educational opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with some of the area’s most noted STEM professionals – representing corporations, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies for an all-day interactive symposium.