Northern Virginia Regional - Broadcom Masters - Elementary and Middle School Grades (1-8) Organized by Pinnacle Academy, and College of Science, George
DUE TO COVID-19, THE Northern Virginia Regional STEM Fair ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS G HAS BEEN
SET TO BE VIRTUAL ON MAY 1st, 2021. Details will follow after school registrations are completed- Registration of schools closes on April 18th, 2021.
We would like to invite you and your students to join us at the Northern Virginia Regional STEM Fair. This fair was previously know as Fairfax County Science and Engineering Fair, in 2021, it now includes the greater Northern Virginia area. It isorganized by Pinnacle Academy and George Mason University's College of Science. The Science Fair will be held virtually at in collaboration with George Mason University on Saturday May 1st, 2021.
Pinnacle Academy is math and science-focused elementary and middle school that seeks to immerse students into a multicultural learning environment that promotes critical thinking and problem-solving. Pinnacle Academy’s curriculum includes a heavy STEAM emphasis and encourages students to think of learning material in context to real-world applications. Annually, Pinnacle Academy students participate in a variety of academic competitions and a school-wide science fair. We value the importance of science fairs as an important part of a student’s learning experience as they help to strengthen both research and communication skills. We, at Pinnacle Academy, have noticed that there is no existing opportunity for elementary- and middle school students to share their projects on a larger scale and initiated the first regional fair last year.
The STEM Accelerator Program was established by the College of Science at GMU to increase the number of STEM majors, improve retention of COS majors, and reduce the time to graduation, career advising, and job placement. The Accelerator program runs STEM initiatives at all levels including STEM Mania (a summer camp for grades 3-5), FOCUS (Females of Color Underrepresented in STEM for middle school girls), High School Mentored Research (through partnership with school districts), STEM Boot camp (a pre-interventional program to get high school students ready for four years of college in STEM), Undergraduate Learning Assistants Program (offers peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities both within the university, as well as partnering community colleges), Research Experience for undergraduates, graduate and Post-Doctoral students (through experiential learning), Discipline-Based Education Research (a platform for sharing best teaching practices between faculty), and STEM Teacher Professional Development Programs (for taking effective pedagogical practices back to their classrooms). The STEM Accelerator is proud to partner with Pinnacle Academy to host this Science and Engineering Fair which is a great way to promote the much-needed awareness of STEM to solve real-world problems.
We are planning to host around 150 students representing different schools! Our event is open to all area schools – public, private, and homeschool associations. We will accept projects in the areas of Life and Earth Sciences, Physical Science and Engineering.
All the students will be treated as winners and participation certificates and ribbons will be awarded to each participant. In addition to the individual acknowledgment each student receives, we will also recognize the top three entries in Division I (grades 1-3), Division II (grades 4-5), and Division III (grades 6–8). The top three winners will receive a medal and a plaque.
Additionally, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars). Broadcom MASTERS is the premier science and engineering competition for middle school students at the national level. Our judges will help nominate the top 10% of middle school projects to compete at the next level. To learn more about Broadcom MASTERS please visit their website here.
We encourage all potential participants to visit our website. Here you will be able to learn more about the fair, as well as view past projects. If your school is interested in participating in this year’s fair please register at www.nvsefair.com no later than TBD.
Registered schools will receive additional information regarding the exact number of entries allowed for their school, school entry form and student entry forms. Both forms need to be submitted by TBD.
For additional information, including the fair rules and guidelines, please check our website: www.nvsefair.com.
We look forward to having your students join us this year!
Mrs. Lyndsey, M. ED
Pinnacle Academy| 703-537-0355
Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, PhD
Professor, Mathematical Sciences, Associate Dean for Academic AffairsDirector, STEM Accelerator Program Director | Center for Outreach in Mathematics Professional Learning and Educational Technology(COMPLETE)| College of Science, George Mason University|Fairfax, VA 22030