BSS Hosts STEM Talk on the Physics of Nature

For the third year, Blessed Sacrament School was selected to host a guest speaker from the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Nifty-Fifty Program. On March 22, noted Physicist and Mathematician Dr. Tristan Hübsch of Howard University explained to students the topic of “Nature being one, that it does not contradict itself; it just is.” He spoke on the discipline of learning to understand Nature and describe the “building blocks”—as we currently understand them—of tangible matter and their interactions.

As a member of the X-STEM Ambassador program of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, BSS has the opportunity to request a Nifty Fifty Program speaker. This guest speaker program sends more than 200 top scientists and engineers into Washington, DC-area schools in advance of the Festival to ignite middle and high school students’ passion for science and engineering. In past years, BSS hosted speakers from National Geographic and the Smithsonian Institution.

BSS eighth graders Tyler Kaczmarek and Ana Roldan served as BSS X-STEM Ambassador hosts for Dr. Hübsch’s visit. The entire BSS X-STEM Ambassador program team enjoyed a working lunch with Dr. Hübsch after his presentation to ask follow up questions.

The Blessed Sacrament School X-STEM Ambassador program was created by Technology Coordinator TJ Chipres with the goal of exposing students to STEM leadership opportunities.  Each year, the group creates a mission statement and goals. This year our X-STEM Ambassadors will focus on spreading STEM awareness and excitement in our Blessed Sacrament community through interactive problem-solving with the help of STEM experts. The Nifty Fifty Program opportunity comes on the heels of our second STEM Week of the school year – “All About Electricity.”  Additionally, our STEM Ambassadors will host a school STEM Day as an event in late April/early May.

Our BSS X-STEM Ambassadors attend the USA Science and Engineering Festival hosted in Washington DC every other year and the X-STEM Symposium. This day-long symposium is geared for middle through high school students featuring interactive presentations by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These STEM role models include astronauts, engineers, scientists, astrophysicists and other experts.

Visit the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, hosted by founding sponsor Lockheed Martin, on April 7-8 at the DC Convention Center. It is a FREE family-friendly expo that allows kids and adults to participate in over 3,000 hands-on activities and incredible live performances by science celebrities, explorers, inventors and world-renowned experts.

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