Middle Schoolers Explore STEM at Reston Event

Science Innovation and Inspiration Youth Conference attracts students from across Fairfax County.

Seventy-two students from middle schools across Fairfax County used hands-on activities to learn about science, engineering, technology and math at the Science Innovation and Inspiration Youth Conference (ScI2YC) at Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston last Saturday. 

ScI2YC brought together seventh- and eighth- grade students from eight Fairfax County Middle Schools.

The day was organized into three macro-topics: Forensics, Physics, and Energy. Each macro-topic included hands-on activities through which students worked collaboratively to learn about the scientific and technological basis of each field.

Students extracted DNA, performed liquid chromatography, experienced gyroscopes, created miniature wind turbines, and much more. Guest speakers included Dr. Roian Egnor, neuroscientist at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Mike Bruce, Founder and CEO of InScope International, and Matt Young, engineer at Gryphon Technologies.  

The event was sponsored by Project BEST (Building Excitement for Science and Technology), a non-profit organization founded and run by students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Project BEST is dedicated to providing students with education, enrichment, and a joy for learning and understanding the exciting scientific and technological advances happening around us.

---Submitted by Robert Young




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