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GW to Host Large STEM Expo and Educator Workshop Event

February 24, 2014

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Dave Andrews
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Kurtis Hiatt
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WASHINGTON—The George Washington University, in partnership with the Morgridge Family Foundation and the Smithsonian Science Education Center, will host one of the region’s largest interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) exhibitions. On March 8 on GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus, “Share Fair” will bring together dozens of exhibitors and hundreds of educators from pre-K through 12th grade and higher education to share innovative approaches to improving education.

Share Fair is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Morgridge Family Foundation, a Denver-based foundation that invests in the transformation of education for both students and educators.

This will be the first Share Fair in Washington, D.C. The event features two components: free, thought-provoking “Classroom Intensives” for educators to share and explore emergent strategies in education, and the “STEMosphere,” a free expo of more than 30 interactive STEM-inspired experiences designed to stimulate interest in the sciences among today’s youth and families. The STEMosphere will take place in GW’s Charles E. Smith Center. 

“The energy and enthusiasm generated by teachers, students and parents during the Share Fair and STEMosphere is always palpable,” said Carrie Morgridge, vice president of the Morgridge Family Foundation. “For educators to effectively teach 21st century learners, they must constantly look for innovative ways to reach their students. Share Fair further motivates and inspires educators to seek and implement student-centered, engaging teaching methods into their classrooms.”

Thousands of educators have attended Share Fair since the first event was held in Denver in 2009. Attendees come from schools of all types and levels, including public, private, charter, preschool primary, secondary, higher education and special education.

“Improving the way educators connect with their students, especially within STEM, is an ever-evolving process. It’s essential to create that spark of interest among young students at an early age,” said Michael J. Feuer, dean of GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development. “Having the Share Fair in our area is a phenomenal opportunity for people of all backgrounds to have hands-on learning experiences in a fun and interactive atmosphere.”

The list of STEMosphere exhibitors includes: the Smithsonian Science Education Center; Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots; the American Chemical Society; Bach to Rock; Discovery Education; FIRST Robotics; iSchool Initiative; KEVA Planks; NASA's BEST Students from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; The Nature Conservancy, Paleo Quest; the STEM Tot Academy; and an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator fellow from NASA.

The Classroom Intensives are free for educators, who may become eligible for grants from many of the presenters. Registration and a full list of presenters is available online. The STEMosphere is also free and open to the public, though registration is requested. 

The George Washington University
In the heart of the nation’s capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 130 countries.

The Morgridge Family Foundation
The Morgridge Family Foundation is a private family foundation that invests in the transformation of education for both students and educators. A leader in educational philanthropy throughout the nation, the Morgridge Family Foundation supports educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), environmental stewardship, broadband access, educational inclusion for hospitalized children, innovative instructional practices and educator development.


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