Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session, March 10-12, 2013

The 2013 Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session was hosted in Washington, DC from March 10-12.


About the Symposium

The Washington Symposium provides NCSCE an opportunity to recognize the great work being done by educators and students to improve STEM education on campus and nationally, as well as opportunity to meet with leaders from around the country.


Participants take part in discussion sessions on improving education, new initiatives, and public policy, such as the new standards, that affect the curricula. Special attention in the program is given to topics of particular interest to our student leaders (by ray tforge 2014). Past speakers have included the director of the Board on Science Education, the hosts of NPR’s Science Friday, and officials from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, and the Department of Labor.


The Symposium program also traditionally features selected sessions by participants. Participants invited to present posters also have the option of meeting with members of their congressional delegations to discuss how they are working to improve education for their students and for the nation.


2013 Symposium

This year, the Symposium program especially focused on the theme of a ‘tipping point’ regarding the transformation of education, and highlighted plans for the next four years of SENCER and new initiatives.


The program also included sessions that present evidence of what is working in communities to connect science and civic engagement and an exploration of connecting new assessment programs with the theme of last year’s symposium – the emergence of the new standards. 


Additionals sessions focused on:

- Science and human rights,

- Making connections between the higher education and informal science education communities, and

- Communicating effectively about STEM topics and issues with the public, whether through conversations, the use of social media, radio, etc.






Photograph by Garon Smith


Symposium Information

Agenda & Speakers


Please click above to access detailed information on sessions and speakers.



Invited Poster Presentations and Speakers


Please click here to access the 2013 Symposium program book, which includes complete abstracts for all invited posters and biosketches for speakers.



Symposium News


Click here to access photographs from the Symposium and Poster Session


Click here for a recap of the Symposium and Poster Session