By Dr. Ronnie B. Lowenstein
Under the leadership of ASTRA’s Advisor and Futurist, Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein, three hundred Global NetGeneration of Youth STEM Ambassadors travelled to the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. on April 12th to serve as inquiring Cyberjournalists at the 21st annual Congressional Visits Day STEM on the HillTM Reception convened by the Science-Engineering -Technology Working Group (www.setcvd.org) and co-chaired by ASTRA and IEEE.
Prince George’s County Public Schools sent delegations from four high schools and two middle schools, who were joined by middle school youth from Anne Arundel Public Schools. The Global NetGeneration of Youth and their learning guardians had opportunity to interface with scientists, engineers, researchers, technology executives and government leaders, all of whom encouraged them to pursue STEM Education pathways and become America’s next generation of innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and inventors shaping the Future.
Throughout the Congressional Visits Day forum, the critical importance of STEM Research and STEM Education to ensure America’s global competitiveness was hailed. In a three part program The NetGeneration of Youth Cyberjournalists were encouraged to inquire, aspire, academically achieve and pursue the endless career possibilities in STEM and STEAM; specifically, they were inspired through …
- A formal program moderated by Dr. Lowenstein; launched with a rousing welcome from Dr. Robert Boege, ASTRA’s Executive Director; followed by remarks from Dr. Russell Shilling, Executive Director of the Office of STEM Education, US Department of Education who provided a federal overview of STEM initiatives; and concluding with a public school perspective from CEO of PGCPS, Dr. Kevin Maxwell, delivered by STEM Supervisor Dr. Felicia Martin-Latief; (see NGY Photo Gallery) (see photo gallery)
- Thirty-five Exhibits (see Exhibit Guide and Directory 2016) of information and hands-on demonstrations presented by expert leaders from a spectrum of STEM fields; and
- The George E. Brown Award Ceremony honoring four legislative leaders who champion STEM Federal Research and STEM Education; specifically, : North Carolina Representative G.K. Butterfield, West Virginia Representative David B. McKinley ; Delaware Senator Chris Coons and South Dakota Senator John Thune.
The scope and impact of this exciting annual civic activity is captured in the STEM on the HillTM Exhibit Guide and in the NGY Cyberjournalists’ videos – photos and essays shared below.
Bravo to the attendees who recognize the importance of cultivating America ‘s innovative capacity and advocate for federal investments in STEM research, policy and practice. As Dr. Lowenstein reminded the audience: ‘Advocacy For STEM Research and for STEM –STEAM Education is vital to our county. WE MUST Innovate or Abdicate our Leadership Edge!’
- STEM on the HillTM Exhibit Guide and Directory
- STEM Education: A Case for Early Learning (by Russell Shilling)
- Global NetGeneration of Youth (NGY)
- Reflections from NetGeneration of Youth Cyberjournalist, Kayla Lucas: Inspired to Aspire to the Endless Possibilities of STEM
- Thomas Johnson Middle School STEM Ambassadors Capture their STEM on the Hill Experiences (photo gallery)
- Oxon Hill Middle School STEM on the HillTM Flyer
- Video - Prince George's County Public School Spotlights Roamer Robotics Performing Arts
- Video - Spotlight on Howard Owens Science Center; Schmidt Environmental Center; JR Finance Park; & Oxon Hill Middle School, a STEAM School
Click image below to view photos with appreciation to NGY Advisor and Cyberjournalist Mr. Gary Carr