Dr. Orrision just left our school and I just had to write to tell you how wonderful this day has been! He started by reading “Math Curse” to our 1st graders and talking about math as a challenge; he had lunch and talked with our X-STEM Ambassadors (plus a few math wizards) answering questions about colleges and mathematics, he spoke to 5th & 6th graders about fractals, our 7th & 8th graders about mathematical thinking, and then talked briefly with our teachers. Oh, we also managed a quick video-taping of Dr. Orrison for our Friday TV report. He said since he had the day and was coming such a long distance, he wanted to make the time count. It really did for our students and our school. Michael Orrison is an awesome speaker, engaged students at varying levels and we are so thankful that you both made this happen. Many, many thanks!
The USA Science & Engineering Festival 2016 refelected the divertity of America, the curiosity of America, the participation, fascination, and the excitement about science, technology, engineering, and math, and it certainly bought out the best of creativity in all who participated. The Festival bought about a family experience to be caputured under one big roof. "For me, it was a reminder of how important the family unit is". says OGTV Founder, Keith Moore. "So OGTV has teamed with the USA Science & Engineering Festival, The 100 Black Men of Greater Washington DC, Future Kings, and with support from Staples, we have launced a quest to find out "What Works in STEM Diversity, Science Diversity and STEM Education". We want to know if the Festival makes such an impact that in 5 10 years from now America will take a lead position in the globe as STEM competititve, capable and equipped. One thing for certain, if we track and measure each data point collected at the Festival, then we will have generated some invaluable data that we can use to impact on curriculum, approaches to teaching STEM, and the rest of the results we will for now, leave to Father time.
What People Are Saying
|Ben - your talk was nothing short of STEM magic. The buzz at school for engineering is huge. On Friday, I heard so many students talking about your presentation, and even more exciting, their own ideas for invention. My 9th grade science fair students, who were not happy that I required the science fair in my class, have told me they have new confidence for their projects and can't wait for the science fair to come. STEM magic!
Thank you for spending your morning with us! Your presentation on the teenage brain was very informative and your patience with the unexpected lock down was very generous. Also, lunch with the feminist club was exciting to for the students. The look of interest on their faces was priceless, especially when you connected Science to so many other careers. Our teachers also enjoyed talking with you. Thank you for taking that extra time out of your day.
I also wanted to share another outcome of your visit. Because of your presentation, Nate and his partner, Kaitlyn, really got to experience deep
learning about the brain (in Drama class!) while preparing their final project on stage projection techniques. True interdisciplinary learning was happening there. I bet there is data out there that says that knowledge will stick!
|My experience as an attendee at the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival was great. There were a variety of interesting topics, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about some of them. The speakers who I listened to were very interesting and able to engage the audience. Overall, I had a great time and this festival has inspired me more to pursue a career in science and/or engineering.