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3rd Annual DC STEM Summit

November 8, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Join the DC STEM Network at the 3rd Annual DC STEM Summit on November 8, 2017 at the newly renovated Carnegie Science building (1530 P St., NW) to celebrate our city’s successes, explore next year’s STEM education challenges, and learn from local and national best practices in STEM learning! The DC STEM Network is excited to announce Maya Ajmera as the keynote speaker. 

RSVP by November 1st to ensure your spot (registration below)! Tickets are free, but required for entry.

Breakout Sessions

The Summit will run from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm. Participants will pick three out of 12 different breakout sessions:

Session One
  • SciWonder, Society for Science and the Public. The nature of science is asking questions about the world around us and taking action to find out the answers to those questions. In science class and in life, the questions to be investigated are very often provided to us and we need a way to reconnect with our own natural curiosity. “SciWonder Why?” is a process that can help anyone rebuild that bridge and identify a science topic that interests them and engage in science. Come to this session to learn how question journals and field investigations can lead to an enthusiastic and lasting interest in science.
  • Creating a Pathway to STEM Success: Recognizing STEM Schools, DC STEM Network Working Group.  This  presentation engages participants in a simulation of the DC STEM Network’s working group’s efforts to align the STEM School Taxonomy from the Outlier Research and Evaluation organization, the STEM Inventory from the OSPrl Study, and the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway. Participants will understand how these research-based tools align and contribute to: (a) self-identification as a STEM school, (b) a process centered on STEM School quality criteria, and (c) establishing a personalized professional development plan.
  • A Look at the Empire State STEM Learning Network and the SUNY STEM Mentoring Project, State University of New York & Empire State STEM Learning Network. Through the national STEMx network, statewide STEM networks across the nation share best practices and effective strategies for engaging teachers and students in STEM. This workshop will share an overview of the work of the Empire State STEM Learning Network. We will also discuss one of our major initiatives, the State University of New York’s (SUNY) STEM Mentoring Project where SUNY graduate students in the STEM disciplines mentor middle and high school students to solve real-life STEM-related challenges in their communities through the Army Education Outreach Program’s (AEOP) eCYBERMISSION project.
  • Changing the Game for Girls in STEM, Techbridge. This session provides practical strategies for creating girl-friendly environments. In this workshop, participants will discuss biases and gender inequities in STEM and how they may influence facilitation of STEM activities with youth, explore gender responsive practices that encourage girls to remain interested in STEM and STEM careers, and experience hands-on implementation of these strategies during a STEM lesson.
Session Two
  • Connecting Community STEM resources with the Schools that Need Them (STEM Resources from the DC STEM Network), DC STEM Network Working Group. Successful schools create STEM plans to chart a course for improvement. Implementing those plans requires the help of non-profit organizations, corporations, universities, government institutions, funders, and other community resources that support education. Yet making connections between schools and these community resources can be challenging. At this session, we will share our working group’s efforts to help schools connect with community resources – and vice versa – and discuss new ways to help facilitate these connections in the future.
  • Advancing STEM Advocacy and Partnership Building (STEM Advocacy), Afterschool Alliance. During this session participants will receive tips and tools for advancing their advocacy and partnership development. Participants will be briefed on the current status of federal legislation and efforts impact STEM Learning and recent messaging research by the Afterschool Alliance. Additionally they will be guided through activities to brainstorm advocacy missions and partnership asks.
  • Engaging Students in STEM Careers with DC Career Academy Network, Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Learn about the DC Career Academy Network and how we are scaling STEM career pathways in Information Technology, Healthcare, Architecture and Construction, and Engineering at high schools around the District. Session participants will learn more about opportunities to connect students and teachers involved in DC CAN with authentic STEM learning opportunities in the local community.
  • Introduction to Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi, Tiger Woods Foundation and TGR Learning Lab. Participants will be introduced to the Raspberry Pi – a “credit-card sized computer.” After learning basic setup of the Raspberry Pi, participants will learn how use software (Python and Scratch) to interact with the physical world – making a circuit and turning on an LED light. All participants will leave with three lesson plans on physical computing with Raspberry Pi and have the opportunity to check-out Raspberry Pi kits to run these lessons with their students. This session is intended for beginners with Raspberry Pi, extensive computer or technology experience NOT required.
Session Three
  • CS for All, National Science Foundation. How can we best prepare our students with the computational thinking skills that will allow them to be creators in our digital economy and active citizens in our technology-driven world? The “CSforAll” movement creates opportunities to ensure that all students K-12 have access to Computer Science (CS) in their classrooms at all levels of education. Find out more about what “CSforAll” is doing in your area, meet a diverse student panel, and find resources to generate more CS opportunities for your students.
  • Promoting Quality in Out-of-School Time, DC STEM Network Working Group
  • Developing STEM Leaders through Student Initiated Service Learning: a Pathway to an Internship, Mentors in Medicine. Securing meaningful, experiential, year round learning activities in STEM is a universal challenge. This workshop will outline steps to assist your students in developing industry based service-learning projects that will put them on a path to an internship while educating communities.
  • Computer Science + Family Engagement + Play in Pre-K- 4, FutureMakers. Designed for innovative early childhood and elementary educators that want to incorporate STEAM into their classroom practice, build connections with families, and build confidence using a Maker Education approach. Explore storytelling with Cubetto, a wooden programmable robotics platform designed for the PK – 4 classroom.


November 8, 2017
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005 United States


DC STEM Network