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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Project BEST to Host STEM Conference for Middle School Students

Project BEST (Building Excitement for Science and Technology), a nonprofit organization comprised of students who attend Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), is hosting a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) conference for middle school students, ScI2YC (Science Innovation and Inspiration Youth Conference), on Saturday, February 9, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Hughes Middle School. TJHSST and Hughes Middle School are Fairfax County public schools.

During the day-long conference, approximately 100 middle school students will be able to participate in hands-on activities based on three macro-themes. Included will be:

·         Forensics and CSI Science: Students will conduct DNA extraction, fingerprint extraction and classification, and participate in a chromatography lab.
·         Classical Mechanics in Physics: Students will learn about gravity, angular and linear momentum, and conservation of momentum in interactive and physical labs using tools such as bicycle wheel gyroscopes and spinning tables.
·         Energy: Students will design and test different properties of energy, including electrical and other sources of renewable energy, and will build their own battery and windmill.

Guest speakers will include Roian Egnor, Ph.D., researcher at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, who will speak about her work in the field of natural animal behavior, and Mike Bruce, president and CEO of InScope International, who will discuss his path to his current position. Bruce will also present an interactive demonstration about how STEM can be applied to students’ lives. A panel of engineers will talk about their work and what students can do to follow similar career paths.

Project BEST is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing students with education, enrichment, and a joy for learning and understanding the exciting science and technological advances occurring today. The group uses interactive programs, workshops, and a unique entrepreneurship aspect that fosters an interest in innovation.
Registration for the conference is closed.
Note: For more information, contact Parth Chopra at 571-234-3172 or