DMV STEM Events

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: All events are online-only until further notice.

A calendar of upcoming free science, engineering, and math events in the greater Washington, D.C. area1. Most events are for a general audience or are for kids and families. Exceptions, e.g. NSF lectures or college colloquia, are noted.

I update the table below every week or two. Most of these events are pulled from my full list of DMV STEM organizations, arranged by event series. For past events see the Event Archive.



  Upcoming Events  

Date & Time Event Detail

05/20/2021

(Thursday)

12 - 1pm

DASER Experiments with Studio K.O.S. and Janelle Wellons (event link)


Sponsor & Series: DASER Experiments — Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences

Audience: General audience (12+)

Event description: DASER hosts conversations that are at the intersection of art and science (including math, engineering, etc.). This event looks at the intersection of aerospace engineering with the art collective Studio Kids of Survival (K.O.S.) and instrument NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory instrument operations engineer Janelle Wellons. This is part three of a three part conversation with Studio K.O.S.

Location: Online (Zoom)

05/21/2021

(Friday)

8 - 9pm

Bringing Back the American Chestnut Tree: How Biotechnology Can Be Applied to Conservation (event link)


Sponsor & Series: PSW Lecture — PSW Science Foundation

Audience: General audience (12+)

Abstract: "The American chestnut (Castanea dentata) and chestnut blight is the classic example of what can happen when forests succumb to invasive pests and pathogens. Because of its environmental, economic, and cultural importance, many tools have been brought to bear on the chestnut blight problem over the past century. ◊ Our team has focused on genetic engineering approaches to enhancing blight tolerance, involving the targeted addition of specific genes to confer tolerance to the chestnut genome. All 38,000 naturally occurring genes remain the same, maintaining the full genetic complement required for growth and adaptation to the chestnut’s natural forest ecosystem."

Additional information: Bill Powell is Professor of Environmental Science and Forestry at the SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry and is the Director of the American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project.

Location: Online

05/26/2021

(Wednesday)

8 - 9pm

Sampling an Astroid to Understand the Birth of our Planet (event link)


Sponsor & Series: Exploring Space Lectures — National Air and Space Museum

Audience: General Audience (12+)

Abstract: "NASA's upcoming Dragonfly New Frontiers mission is a rotorcraft lander designed to perform long-range in situ investigation of the chemistry and habitability of this fascinating extraterrestrial environment [of Saturn's moon Titan]. In this program, Planetary scientist Zibi Turtle from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory will discuss this fascinating new mission: Taking advantage of Titan's dense atmosphere and low gravity, Dragonfly will fly from place to place, exploring diverse geological settings to measure the compositions of surface materials and observe Titan's geology and meteorology. Dragonfly will make multidisciplinary science measurements at dozens of sites, traveling ~100 miles during a 3-year mission to characterize Titan's habitability and to determine how far organic chemistry has progressed in environments that provide key ingredients for life."

Location: Online (live on YouTube)

05/26/2021

(Wednesday)

8 - 9pm

Venus Rediscovered: An Astrobiological or Astrophysical Frontier? (event link)


Sponsor & Series: Exploring Space Lectures — National Air and Space Museum

Audience: General Audience (12+)

Abstract: "Venus remains Earth’s enigmatic “sister,” potentially hiding secrets about the limits of habitability, loss of oceans, and extreme climate change. It has been decades since humanity last visited Venus’s massive atmosphere and reached its inhospitable surface. James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will share how the foreboding Venus of today is poised to share its secrets in the upcoming decades as a new window on our solar system and beyond."

Location: Online (live on YouTube)


  1. I'm interested in adding to my list. If you know of a great science event or organization worth adding, I'd love to know. You can send me a general message through my Contact Me page, or you can email me directly at contactme@seanmmcdaniel.com