Bala Sundar, CEO of SyApps, Talks Parental Guidance for STEM Related Fields

Bala Sundar, SyApps

Last night, the WashingtonExec STEM Council held its second event of 2013: The Workforce of Tomorrow are Your Kids Today. Why STEM is Critical to their Success!, The panel, held at The Nysmith School for the Gifted, brought over 130 people in industry, government, non-profit, and academia to discuss local STEM resources, education and student perspectives on STEM.

Bala Sundar, Founder, President and CEO of SyApps, LLC, spoke to the group about his personal experience as a parent wanting to keep his children engaged in science and math. A parent of now one high schooler and one elementary schooler, Sundar shared the resources he and his family have used over the years in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

Sundar will also offering his perspective about STEM March 8 at WashingtonExec‘s inaugural STEM Symposium. The event promises to bring together more than 500 K-12 students, parents and industry professionals to talk about STEM education and careers. Leidos will serve as the event’s presenting sponsor.

WashingtonExec: What kinds of STEM related extracurricular activities do you recommend for students in pre-K, elementary, secondary or postsecondary levels?



Middle School

High School-

There are plenty of outside school programs such as:

Summer internships-

  • ASSIP (Aspiring Scientist Summer Internship Program) from George Mason University,
  • MITRE summer internships on computers,
  • AFRRI (Armed Forces RadioBiology Research Institute.

The panel also included Ed Swallow, Vice President Business Development, Federal and Defense Technologies Division at Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Dr. Reginald Brothers, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research, and Susan Lavrakas, Director of Workforce at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).



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