K-12 STEM Symposium on March 8th-Bringing Industry and Students Together


With two weeks left before the inaugural STEM Symposium for the National Capital Region (NCR), plans are well underway for an informative, fun and interactive all-day event for parents and K-12 students to learn more about Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) opportunities in our region. The event will be held on March 8th at the Nysmith School in Herndon, Va., leading up to the USA Science and Engineering Festival April 26 & 27 at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Leidos, has been named presenting sponsor for the event. Northrop Grumman Corporation will serve as founding sponsor.

The all-day free event will consist of 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 STEM education and careers. Rob Zitz, Senior Vice President of the National Security Sector of Leidos, will serve as Chairman for the symposium.

Confirmed exhibitors from the National Capital Region include the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program, FIRST Robotics, The Children’s Science Center, the U.S. Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program, U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), U.S. Military Academy (West Academy Point), and many more. Sandy Magnus, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Executive Director and former U.S. Astronaut, will be among the attendees.

Leidos will exhibit an all-day technology showcase on a variety of topics, including cybersecurity and internship opportunities in our region. The Chopper Drop Challenge, led by Northrop Grumman Corporation, will be going on all day for kids of all ages.

Furthermore, students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) and surrounding school districts will showcase their science fair projects before regional level competition.

Over 500 parents, students, teachers, corporate/government executives, and non-profit representatives are projected to attend. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with key business, education, non-profit and government leaders about how science, technology, engineering and math impacts our community.

The mission of this forum is to establish and build upon relationships of industry, education and nonprofit STEM leaders to better engage and increase interest in the STEM fields for K-12 students in the Greater Washington, D.C. region.

Advanced registration for the forum is required. To sign up and learn more about the event, go to the website stemsymposium.com.

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