On Thursday, September 10, The Washington Post will bring lawmakers, educators, and students together to talk about innovative efforts in classrooms around the country to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula and examine its place in education.

The forum kicks off with an in-depth conversation with Alice Bowman, who led the New Horizons mission to Pluto Mission, Maury Elementary teacher Vanessa Ford, student Samantha Garcia and Bezos Family Foundation senior adviser Mark Hofer about inspiring young students, especially girls and students in underserved communities, to study STEM. Kathleen Schwille, Executive Director, National Geographic Education Foundation will moderate. The Post’s education editor Josh White will talk with Sen. John Hoeven and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen about education reform and higher education writer Nick Anderson will moderate a conversation with Kaya Henderson, Chancellor, D.C. Public Schools; John King, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; and Michael Lomax, President and Chief Executive, United Negro College Fund about innovative efforts to close the STEM education gap.

In addition to the onstage conversations, the event will feature interactive small group discussions hosted by Donna Harris-Aikens, Director, Education Policy & Practice, National Education Association (NEA); Michelle Thaller, Assistant Director for Communications, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; the Hon. Bart Gordon, Partner, K&L Gates; Maria Voles Ferguson, Executive Director, Center on Education Policy, George Washington University; Russell Shilling, Executive Director of STEM, U.S. Department of Education; and Michael Casserly, Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools.

EVENT DETAILS:
Balancing the STEM Equation
Thursday, September 10
3:00 pm– 5:00 pm ET (Doors open at 2:30 pm)
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011

Full agenda will be available at http://wapo.st/1Ng2WDf.

Video highlights will be available at wapo.st/postlive following the event. Follow the conversation on Twitter with #balanceSTEM.

Media may request press credentials in advance. Members of the press approved for credentials will be notified in advance. Valid press credentials are required to attend.

Washington Post Live’s ‘Balancing the STEM Equation’ event is sponsored by Bayer Corporation, and supported by Goldieblox, National Geographic, and the National Honors Society.