Event Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
For: DC public, public charter, parochial, private, and home-schooled students in grades 6-12
Location: Dunbar High School (Metro: Shaw-Howard Univ Station, Yellow & Green Line; NOMA, Red Line; Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Station, Yellow & Green Line)
At the event, students will showcase their research skills and compete for a variety of awards and prizes, including the opportunity to represent the District at the 2020 International Science and Engineering Fair and Broadcom Masters Competition.
Fair Dates and Deadlines
• Project registration opens: Monday, Jan. 20, 2020
• Project registration deadline: Monday, Feb. 24, 2020
• DC Secondary STEM Fair (grades 6-12) and Awards Ceremony: Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Dunbar High School
• DC Elementary STEM Fair (grades 3-5): Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Dunbar High School
STEM Expo & Special Awards
We are also seeking STEM-focused organizations to host interactive Expo exhibits on March 14 that will engage and inspire young people to pursue STEM careers. If you are interested in being part of the Expo, please indicate interest here by February 17, 2020. Space is limited!
If your organization is interested in offering a special award, such as a scholarship, internship, or STEM experience, please complete this form by March 1, 2020.
Educator Professional Development
TGR Foundation will host and facilitate professional learning workshops for secondary educators to take place on-site during the STEM Fair. Contact Jessica Kesler at email@example.com for more information about these workshops.
Registration Instructions for Schools
Each DC school has the opportunity to register up to three projects for the citywide DC STEM Fair, with a maximum of three students for any team projects registered.
School STEM Fair Leads are responsible for filling out the online registration form. Please have all project titles, project abstract (250 word or fewer summary), student names and emergency contact information ready for registration. Registration opens on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 and will close on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
The Parent/Guardian Media & Medical release form must be completed for each student and can be found here.
Schools must ensure that all student projects are following the research and experimentation rules, safety rules, and ethical guidelines put forth by the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Grade 9-12 students are strongly encouraged to review ISEF Forms 1A & 1B to ensure their projects are eligible to compete at ISEF. The top grand prize winners in DC Fair will advance to ISEF. All ISEF forms are found here and rules and guidelines are found here.
For questions about the registration process, please contact the STEM Fair registration team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To aid schools in preparing and submitting fair projects, OSSE will host a webinar training, “Getting Ready for the DC Secondary STEM Fair,” to provide an overview of the project submission process, including recent changes, as well as discuss the school’s role in project review. The webinar will also include resources for organizing school fairs and projects. STEM fair leads from each school and LEA should plan to participate in this webinar, which will be offered on multiple dates in January and February 2020. Register here.