STEM ALL STARS
STEM All Stars 2016 Gala
The STEM All Stars 2016 Gala was held on May 14th at George Mason University. The competition was restricted to students residing in VA,DC, and Hyderabad(India) and it reached over 150 girls. The Gala event consisted of over 200 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 2016 STEM All Stars Competition winners! We are really proud of you! Huge thanks to George Mason University for sponsoring the event!
WINNERS (3-5 CATEGORY)
Gauri Pillai (Colvin Run Elementary School)
Poorna Prakash (Arcola Elementary School)
Project Title: Don't Mess With Stress
To view a video presentation, please click here.
WINNERS (6-8 CATEGORY)
Greeshma Bhat (Nysmith School)
Project Description: Biogas Digester
The event will take place on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 in Enterprise Hall, Room# 80. The Enterprise Hall is labeled as #18 with Black background in the attached map. The physical address to the Enterprise Hall is follows:
10443 Sandy Creek Way Fairfax, VA 22030
The nearby parking to the Enterprise Hall is located at Shenandoah Parking Deck. It is labeled as #43 with Purple background in the attached map. There will be a minimal $2 charge for the parking. The physical address to the Shenandoah Parking Deck is as follows:
10400 York River Rd Fairfax, VA 22030
NOTE: Please make a note that Shenandoah Parking Deck is located in the vicinity of Enterprise Hall.
AWARDS CEREMONY SCHEDULE
3pm - 3:30pm - Guests and students arrive
3:30pm - 3:50pm - Booths and participants' projects on display
4:00pm - 4:10pm - Opening remarks
4:10pm - 4:20pm - Puneet Ahluwalia, 1st Vice Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee
4:20pm - 4:25pm - Dr. Kamaljeet Sanghera, CS Professor at GMU and Director of the GMU STARS Outreach Program
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 - Krishna Pelleti, Director of Academy for Enrichment
5:20pm - 5:30pm - Closing remarks
Please click here to see pictures of the gala.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS
Dr. Kamaljeet Sanghera is the Executive Director of STEM Outreach and the Associate Professor in the Information Sciences and Technology (IST) department, Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University. Dr. Sanghera has served as the Aspirations project Co-Lead in Executive Committee of National Center of Women in Information Technology (NCWIT). She received the NCWIT Extension Services to implement systemic change to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation of women in technology and engineering undergraduate programs. Dr. Sanghera is also an active member of Students and Technology in Academia, Research and Service (STARS) program. Her focus is on developing opportunities for K-12 teachers’ professional development, offering engineering and technology related camps for K-12 students while creating a community of practice for like-minded people who wish to participate in and contribute to STEM initiatives.
Elected on April 16th, 2016, Puneet is now the 10th district Representative on the Virginia Republican State Central Committee. He recently served on Trump Asian Pacific Advisory Committee. With over 18 years of active participation, his goals remain to: strengthen the Virginia Republican Party in order to elect Virginia Republicans to national, statewide, county and local offices; promote free market, limited government, low tax and pro-business policies; and to create greater opportunities for South Asian and other minorities in the Virginia Republican Party. He values full participation and education for the constituency, both as voters and as active participants in the Republican Party.