Upcoming STEM Opportunities
As students in our region and across the country are learning remotely with schools closed, WDCSITE, ITE HQ, and our educational partners are developing multiple innovative opportunities to connect with students on STEM topics. There are a number of activities planned for the coming weeks and months, and we’d be thrilled to have you join us to make memorable impacts on students and their interest in transportation.
WDCSITE Virtual STEM Event
On Friday May 29, WDCSITE will be running a virtual STEM event with middle school students from the City of Takoma Park, MD. It will begin around 12:30pm and will end between 1:30 and 2:00pm. We are looking for volunteers to help plan and participate in the event. Tentative preliminary topics include complete streets and connected and automated vehicles. Please reach out to Adam Greenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us.
Video for USA Science and Engineering Festival
The USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF), typically held in Washington, DC, every two years, typically draws over 100,000 people. The scheduled 2020 event has been postponed until 2021, but USASEF is planning in its stead a virtual STEM fair! Their staff are asking STEM-focused organizations like ITE to submit 5-10 minute videos that would inspire students toward a career within our industry or in a similar discipline. Members of our WDCSITE Board are working with staff at ITE HQ to develop a video and would love to have input and help from you! Please reach out to us if you have ideas, would like to submit content, or are skilled in video editing and would like to help. Submissions are due to USASEF June 7. More information is available at
Maryland STEM Festival Updates
As we have done the last two years, WDCSITE is excited to participate in this year’s Maryland STEM Festival, planned for October/November. The Festival staff are in planning mode and considering either an entirely in-person or virtual festival. The format is dependent on the Maryland Department of Education’s decision for the fall. If students are able to physically return to school, events will be in-person. If not, all events will be virtual. The Festival website will be opened in early July with more information, at which point a decision is likely to be made on format – https://marylandstemfestival.org.
The Festival staff have created a new STEM video game! It’s called “Agrownomics”, which shows how agriculture and STEM are closely linked. If you know of any students who might want to try this game, feel free to share the web link: https://marylandstemfestival.org/stemgames. A mobile version of the game will be available starting in June, and a launch event will occur online via Zoom© on Thursday May 28 at 5:00pm. You must RSVP for the event and can do so by emailing email@example.com. Make sure to sign-up early, as attendance is limited. This event will also be live-streamed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MarylandSTEMFestival/.
The MD STEM Festival has started their 2020 GoFundMe campaign and is in need of support from the STEM community to ensure that they have the necessary resources available for a successful Festival this fall. If you would like to contribute, please visit https://marylandstemfestival.org.
In the interim, Festival staff are working on a few other potential events for this spring and summer, including a STEM trivia night and a virtual science fair. Be on the lookout for updates from the WDCSITE Board and Leadership, and, as always, feel free to reach out if you have any ideas for other great STEM events.
WDCSITE Secretary / Treasurer