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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

DC recognizes the importance of STEM as part of a well-rounded educational experience. STEM skills and knowledge are not only valuable components to a solid academic program, but also core fundamentals for life experience. STEM skills and knowledge help students develop logic, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills that can be used in every discipline and that enable them to compete in the continually growing high-tech job sector.  As such, DC strives to improve STEM opportunities for all its students and has established the following statewide goals for STEM:

  • Goal 1: To prepare all students in DC to graduate high school with a college- and career-ready mastery of math, science, engineering and technology
  • Goal 2: To increase the number of DC students who major in STEM fields in college and enter STEM careers

Our Vision

A coherent statewide vision for STEM is critical to achieving DC’s STEM goals.  Under such a vision, DC will link programs, resources, students, teachers, and practices in the shared pursuit of STEM education.  The District’s approach focuses on the following strategies:

  1. PK-16 STEM Education Pathways: Developing equitable pathways to support STEM awareness, interest, engagement, and achievement from pre-K through Postsecondary study.
  2. Systems of Support: Developing a coordinated system of support to actualize a cohesive vision for PK-16 STEM education that promotes equitable access to STEM rich opportunities for DC students and families
  3. STEM Workforce Development: Strategies aligned to address the demand for a highly skilled STEM workforce and create equitable opportunities for students to engage in career pathways.
  4. STEM Community Engagement and Outreach: Coordinated systems of support to promote city-wide engagement and awareness of STEM education initiatives and opportunities.

Upcoming Events

2020 Secondary DC STEM Fair Dates

  • Project registration opens: Monday, Jan. 20, 2020
  • Project registration deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020
  • DC Secondary STEM Fair: Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Awards Ceremony: date and location forthcoming
  • DC Elementary STEM Fair (grades 3-5): Saturday, May 30, 2020

For more information or questions, please visit the DC STEM Fair website.

STEM Projects at OSSE

Teacher Resources

Service Contact: 
Lauren Allen
Contact Email: 
Contact TTY: 
711
Contact Suite #: 
Fifth Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Service Location: 

1050 First Street, NE

GIS Address: 
1050 First Street, NE
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20002