Largest K-12 STEM Event in NoVA Set for March 30, 2019

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Mark your 2019 calendars: WashingtonExec’s next K-12 STEM Symposium is slated for March 30, 2019, and will once again be held at the Nysmith School in Herndon, Virginia.

The annual event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is a free and exciting all-day forum that equally engages children, parents and teachers, coupled with corporate, government, academia and nonprofit executives alike from the STEM fields.

The largest event of its kind in the Northern Virginia area, the K-12 STEM Symposium has since 2012 encouraged local children to pursue their creative interests and learn about future science and technology careers. Kids have had the chance to visit exhibits featuring connected cars, robotics, heart monitors, slime, topographic maps, puzzles, sound-based/radio wave experiments, nano technology and liquid crystal, cryptology, Legos and electrifying rockets.

Previous speakers include former astronauts Sandy Magnus and Cady Coleman as well as Sen. Tim Kaine, the principals of Thomas Jefferson High School and The Academies of Loudoun, and retired fighter pilots.

The moral of the story is you don’t know what you don’t know about what might excite your passion and your interest. As you go through your life . . . you suddenly see a whole other range of choices. The world gets expanded more and more.

– Sandy Magnus, former astronaut and executive director American Institute of Aeronautics  

Last year’s symposium, supported by Presenting Sponsor Altamira, “Super STEM: Building Tomorrow’s Superheros Today,” drew over 3,000 attendees as well as over 50 exhibitors, at least 20 student showcases and numerous speakers. Kids from kindergarten to college left the symposium excited about careers in STEM.

The 2019 K-12 STEM Symposium is looking for sponsors, exhibitors and keynote speakers. Those interested in sponsoring or participating should visit the event website. Previous sponsors have included Altamira Technologies, Leidos, LGS Innovations, Vencore, Inc., Northrop Grumman Corp., Siemens Government Solutions and The Aerospace Corp.

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