Largest K-12 Symposium on March 12, 2016 to Feature Connected Cars, High School STEM Superstars and Former Astronaut

picture from 2015 K-12 STEM Symposium

2015 K-12 STEM Symposium Exhibitor

“Opportunities in STEM” programming at the 2016 WashingtonExec K-12 STEM Symposium includes interactive booths, live demonstrations, and a chance to interact with local STEM leaders in education, government, and industry.

WashingtonExec, with Presenting Sponsor The Aerospace Corporation and Gold Sponsors Vencore and Siemens Government Technologies, will hold the third annual 2016 K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Symposium, the largest annual K-12 STEM Symposium in Northern Virginia on March 12, 2016. More than 2,500 children, parents, teachers and business leaders are expected to attend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nysmith School in Herndon, Va.

Designed to engage young people from kindergarten through college, the Symposium is free of charge and fun for the entire family. It will showcase new and exciting possibilities in the STEM fields across the National Capital Region.

Activities for the day will include hands-on experiments for children, student science fair projects, panel discussions with STEM stakeholders, government, and industry exhibitors, and information about STEM-related high school and college internships.

The Symposium offers more than 40 Interactive exhibits, including UAVs, flight simulators, smallsats/drones, physics experiments, topography models, heart monitors, 3D printers, robotics, safe cybersecurity practices, connected cars and others.

Featured speakers include female former astronaut Dr. Sandy Magnus (currently Executive Director the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), former Top Gun Pilot, Eric Schierling (currently Director of Vencore’s Space Group), and Pooja Chandrashekar, a 2015 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) and current freshman at Harvard University.

Leading government and academic organizations presenting this year include 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.

The final panel discussion of the afternoon will feature TJHSST Principal Dr. Evan Glazer, Fairfax County Public Schools Technology and Engineering Education and STEM Integration Program Manager Scott Settar and Kritika Singh, a TJHSST senior and malaria researcher. The trio will offer insights in the opportunities available to students and parents throughout Fairfax County and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This event is open to the public and credentialed media. Advance registration is required. For additional information, please go to

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