STEM ALL STARS
STEM ALL STARS 2017 GALA
The STEM All Stars 2017 Gala was held on April 29th at Rachel Carson Middle School. The competition was restricted to students residing in VA,DC, and Maryland and it reached over 200 girls. The Gala event consisted of over 150 attendees including parents, teachers, participants, keynote speakers, and other prominent people. Participants were required to research a global issue, create a triboard, write an essay, and create a video. This year, we saw fantastic submissions that are capable of positively disrupting the world and solving real-world problems. Congratulations to the 2017 STEM All Stars Competition winners! We are really proud of you! Huge thanks to Rachel Carson and Curie Learning for sponsoring the event! This event is also a fundraiser to benefit a Girls Orphanage and a Girls School in India run by CSS International (a US based non-profit organization). This organization is dedicated to shelter and educate orphan girls and educate poor girls in Hyderabad, India. Our academic success celebration is the appropriate time to think about giving a chance to an orphan girl or a poor girl to have a high-school and college education. All donations are tax deductible.
Grades 3-5 Category:
1st place: Anjana Kumar, Poorna Prakash, and Yosna Venkatesh on their project about Insomnia.
2nd place: Gauri Shyam from Colvin Run Elementary School. Click here to view Essay.
Grade 6-8 Category:
1st place: Sanjana Rayani, Sudiksha Konanki, and Abhinaya Kodali from Mercer Middle School. Click here to view the Essay.
2nd place: Vishya Adipudi, Sanjana Subramanyam and Harshini Buddiraju from Stone Hill Middle School. Click here to view the Essay.
The event will take place on Saturday, April 29th, 2016 in Rachel Carson Middle School. The physical address to Rachel Carson is as follows:
13618 McLearen Rd, Herndon, VA 20171
AWARDS CEREMONY SCHEDULE
3:30pm - 3:50pm - Booths and participants' projects on display
4:00pm - 4:10pm - Opening remarks
4:10pm - 4:20pm - Dr. Rao, Founder of Curie Learning
4:20pm - 4:25pm - Amita Vyas, Professor at Georgetown University
4:25pm - 4:35pm - Sajni Vederey by Founder and Executive Director of STEM All Stars
4:35pm - 4:40pm - Gautham Pillai, Chief Innovative Officer of STEM All Stars
4:40pm - 5:00pm - Presentation of Awards to participants and winners
5:00pm - 5:20pm - Closing Remarks
5:20pm - 5:30pm - Snacks
Please click here to see pictures of the gala.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS
Dr. Rao realized early in life that he had an appreciation for material science and engineering. This awareness became apparent as he learned of the fact that all technological advances are made possible with new materials. With this in mind, he pursued his master’s degree in materials science at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai. This broadened his horizons and motivated him to specialize in semiconductor materials and devices during his Ph.D. studies at the Oregon State University and the University of Michigan. Following his dream, he started his teaching and research career at George Mason University. In just 9 years, he became a full professor and received 28 years of continued research funding from prestigious funding agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF). He has always wanted to impart his knowledge to educate young children and parents alike.. In 2006, Dr. Rao and his wife Savitri started classes at the Durga Temple, to raise funds for the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing basic education in tribal villages in India. In the past 8 years, the program has grown into multiple numbers of Curie Learning centers. They also opened an early elementary education day school program called The Madame Curie School of Science and Technology. The focus of this program is both science and technology, along with a strong foundation in math and language arts.
At the age of 20, Dr. Vyas journeyed to Calcutta, India to work alongside Mother Teresa in the Missionaries of Charity. In one eye-opening summer, she was immersed in the relationship between health and social inequities affecting vulnerable populations. From that extraordinary experience, inspired by a simple desire to serve those in need, she decided to pursue a career in public health. This early experience working alongside suffering and devastation continues to play a role in her teaching, scholarship, practice, and service to communities. Dr. Vyas earned her Master’s degree in Demography and her doctorate in Population and Family Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Vyas served as President of the Network of South Asian Professionals and was a founding board member of the South Asian Public Health Association. Dr. Vyas is the recipient of several awards including the George Washington University Bender Teaching Award; the National Delta-Omega Honor Society Award for Innovative Curriculum; and was selected for the Impact Center’s National Women’s Leadership Fellowship. Dr. Vyas’ research work focuses on health behavior, and women/adolescent reproductive health.