Education: DC STEM Fair

By Erin Mulcahy

We are gearing up for an action packed weekend at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC on April 26-27. Mark your calendars…we promise the littleBits booth is going to be out of this world!

To build the excitement, this week we recap the DC STEM Fair that was held on March 22nd in DC at the H.D. Woodson High School. This Fair is a long-­standing tradition and signature event for DC’s public, charter, parochial, private, and home‐schooled students in grades 6 – 12. Students showcase their research skills and compete for a variety of awards and prizes.  The DC STEM Fair was organized by the Three Birds Foundation, which develops renewable energy initiatives that engage and inspire students, creating a culture of curiosity and environmental stewardship.

About 300 students participated in the science fair and 26 organizations exhibited in the expo.  Many of the exhibitors were existing littleBits enthusiasts, including STEMTot Academy, an organization that strives to spark the creativity and ingenuity in children during early childhood and Kidwindwhich uses littleBits modules for building wind powered projects. Other exhibitors included the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Explainers, the DC Robotics Group, 4-H and Center for Youth Development, the Boy Scouts of America and DC Current.

Glenn Mossy staffed the littleBits booth and was excited to speak to many teachers who were looking for STEM education tools and interested to learn how littleBits can be used in lessons and after school programs. Check out some of the pictures he took during the event:

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Lots of budding engineers, scientists and musicians in the crowd! To see more pictures from the Keynote by DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Science Fair Projects and the Expo, check out the event’s Facebook page.


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