Principal Delivers STEM Symposium Keynote
On Saturday, March 7th, media and events company WashingtonExec, with Presenting Sponsor Leidos and Platinum Sponsor Vencore, held its second annual K-12 STEM Symposium. The free, all-day event, which took place at Herndon’s Nysmith School, included exhibits, speakers, panel experts, and STEM activities organized under the theme, “The Parent Factor: How to Engage Your Children in STEM.”
TJ Principal Dr. Evan Glazer delivered the keynote address, “The Tiger, Dolphin, and Jellyfish Parent – Which One is Best for STEM?” Dr. Glazer discussed research on the tiger (authoritarian), dolphin (authoritative), and jellyfish (permissive) parenting styles, noting that what matters most is parents’ attitudes toward their child’s learning. “How you respond to your child’s curiosity sets the stage. Your attitude when a child struggles matters,” he said, emphasizing that research shows that when parents model the values needed to succeed in STEM, including intellectual curiosity and perseverance, these values rub off on their children.
TJ was also well-represented among the dozens of non-profit organizations, agencies, and corporations showcasing their educational programs at the event. Volunteer TJ parents spoke to younger parents about encouraging STEM-related pursuits, and several TJ students manned booths, including ProjectCSGIRLS founder Pooja Chandrashekar, TJ ’15, who also spoke at the event (see BTS 2014 issue), Malaria Free World founder Kritika Singh, TJ ’16, (see December 2014 issue), and Learning Pathways Project founder Satvika Kumar, TJ ’16 (profiled in this issue).