This year’s Elementary DC STEM Fair was a huge success, welcoming the highest number of student projects and schools ever present at the Fair! Over 100 student projects from 34 different public and private schools in the District were showcased at the event. The Fair was hosted on June 2, 2018, at the University of the District of Columbia’s Student Center.
The day began with a welcoming ceremony for families and students. After the welcome ceremony, families were invited to stay for the STEM Community Workshops while the students attended project judging. DC Public Libraries’ workshop focused on applying computational thinking skills to real life. Participants were able to take home a packet of activities and play fun hands-on games and activities. Digital Pioneers Academy gave a sample lesson in Computer Science and Robotics. The crowd was able to interact with robots and learn how they function in different environments.
Student participants spent two hours speaking to volunteer judges about their projects and scientific inspirations. Students were excited to share their experiments and findings with judges, volunteers, and their peers!
Following project judging, students, families, and friends were invited to attend the Awards Ceremony. The ceremony honored the Category winners and the top three Grand Award winners. Winning student projects were invited onto the stage individually and recognized. Each student was presented with a ribbon commemorating the achievement, as well as two complimentary tickets to an upcoming Washington Nationals professional baseball game.
The top three Grand Award winners from the Elementary and Secondary Fairs will be honored at a special pre-game ceremony on June 22nd at the Washington Nationals arena. Following the ceremony, students and their invited guests will stay to see the Nationals play against the Philadelphia Phillies!
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2018 Elementary DC STEM Fair a success! Congratulations to all participating students!
To see more photographs from the Fair, please visit this slideshow.
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