The eight annual state-wide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will be held from Friday, October 14 through Sunday, November 13. Governor Hogan has declared October STEM Education in support of the efforts to increase STEM opportunities in Maryland. The Festival will highlight Cybersecurity and Information Technology with over three hundred virtual and in-person events. The theme recognizes the significance of these topics to everyday life as well as their importance to the Maryland Economy.
A complete list of events will be available on MarylandSTEMFestival.org. Events will be live/ in-person, virtual or both. Family-oriented, fun and free live events will be held at libraries, schools, museums, and other locations. The events will take place all around the state to give residents maximum opportunity to participate in this important festival. Verizon, Wal-Mart, Lockheed Martin, Northrop, Microsoft, NASA, National Security Agency, Whiting- Turner, and the Maryland Zoo will be among the participants.
Themes and topics of our exciting events will include:
- STEM Parade in Baker Park
- STEM Professionals in Middle Schools
- STEM Theme Comedy Show
- Cybersecurity Career Panel Discussions
- Capture the Flag/Cybersecurity Competition
- Authors Cori Lathan, Jennifer Swanson, and Katey Howe
- Cybersecurity Family Feud
- Robotic Demonstrations
- Esports Virtual Competition and In-person Career Conference
The Festival encourages all students, regardless of age, background and experience to take a greater interest in STEM with the hope they will pursue a STEM related/focused career. The Festival was able to weather the COVID pandemic and provide over two hundred virtual events to students.
Maryland is one the few states in the nation to have a state-wide STEM or Science Festival. Events are open to the public, free of charge, family-oriented, and FUN! In continued dedication of its mission, the Maryland STEM Festival will be donating STEM kits and books to organizations and schools in underrepresented populations such as girls, minorities, and those with disabilities.