I will be demonstrating Immune Attack and Immune Defense at the DC STEM Fair.  I will also teach some more professional Development classes on using games in your science classroom, so keep your eye out for that.

Right now, however, the STEM Fair needs some judges!  Are you a scientist?  Like kids?  Well, come help out and join the fun!  Register here!  Below is a description of what you will do as a judge at the DC STEM Fair:


Are you interested in encouraging young students’ appreciation for science? Do you work as a scientist, mathematician, engineer, or do you have a STEM-related degree? Are you looking for an opportunity to mentor young students in STEM?

If so, please volunteer as a judge at the DC STEM Fair!


The 2013 DC STEM Fair will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Wilson Senior High School. The DC STEM Fair is the annual citywide science fair for DC’s public, public charter, parochial, private, and home-schooled students in grades 6-12! The DC STEM Fair provides student participants with an opportunity to showcase their research skills and share their findings with local professionals and otherstudents in the city. Participants also have the opportunity to compete for a variety of awards and prizes offered by various government agencies, businesses, and professional associations.

As an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the first and second place overall winners at the high school level will represent the District of Columbia at Intel ISEF 2013, May 12-17, in Phoenix, AZ, with all expenses paid.

The judging period is between 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday, March 23, at Wilson Senior High School. Wilson is located at 3950 Chesapeake St NW, Washington, DC 20016, next to the Tenleytown Metro on the Red Line. We ask you to arrive at 7:45 am for orientation with a continental breakfast provided. You will be provided with clear rubrics forscoring projects that follow the Intel ISEF Guidelines.  (Rubrics can be found here: http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/Beyond+the+Classroom/DC+STEM+Fair/Resources.)

You will judge display boards and interview students in grades 6 through 12 in various categories in science,technology, engineering, and mathematics. When you register, you will have the option to give your category preferences, as well as the division (grades 6-8 or 9-12) you prefer to judge.

The deadline to register is Friday, March 1, 2013. Register to be a judge here http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/Beyond+the+Classroom/DC+STEM+Fair/Volunteer+to+Be+a+Judge.

Please distribute this information to scientists who may be interested.  It will be a wonderful experience both for you and your colleagues, and for our DC students, to meet each other and discuss your mutual interests in STEM as you encourage DC students in STEM!

Please also mark your calendars for the Elementary DC STEM Fair, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at a location to be determined. More information about both fairs can be found at the DC STEM Fair website (http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/Beyond+the+Classroom/DC+STEM+Fair).

Science fair participation is often the first experience that inspires students to take steps to becoming professional scientists. Come see what interests the scientists of tomorrow! Please contact Sydney Bergman at sydney.bergman at dc.gov with any questions.

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