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MdBio Foundation to Host 9th ATLAS Symposium on November 17

MdBio Foundation
Posted on: 15 Nov 17

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MdBio Foundation



ATLAS College & Career Readiness Symposium


Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders in STEM (ATLAS) is a college and career readiness symposium that provides opportunities for students typically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to connect with business leaders, colleges, government and potential employers. This symposium is the ninth that MdBio has hosted since 2013, bringing together more than 1,100 participants to explore STEM career options and the educational pathways required to reach those career goals.



College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
College Park, MD 20740



Friday, November 17
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.



More than 100 students with an interest in engineering and technology from DuVal High School’s Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology program will attend ATLAS, which features a full day of keynote addresses from local technology leaders, hands-on workshops and an Expo highlighting internship and job opportunities for students. The Expo will take place in the museum, alongside historic planes, and features colleges and universities, and organizations, such as NASA, Paradyme Management, Pure Technologies and Whiting-Turner.


The event kicks off with a welcome from MdBio Foundation Vice President of Communications Janeé Pelletier, Prince George’s County Council Chair Derek Davis and Amanda Elliott, education and interpretation manager for the College Park Aviation Museum.


They will be followed by the opening keynote speaker, Vennard Wright, chief information officer for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). Wright will speak with the students about his personal background and journey into a STEM career, as well as offer insights into what students can expect as they navigate the competitive world of applying for their first job.


Students then will break out into smaller groups to visit the Expo, and participate in workshops on balloon rockets, the water industry, a journey to Mars and engineering a gravity-powered pipeline.


The closing session will feature Prince George’s County Council Vice Chair Dannielle Glaros and a keynote address by LaTara Harris, AT&T’S regional director for External and Legislative Affairs in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.



ATLAS is made possible by sponsorships from AstraZeneca/MedImmune, AT&T, Emergent BioSolutions, Pure Technologies Ltd., W.R. Grace & Co., the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) and Wegmans.


About MdBio Foundation

MdBio Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides innovative, effective and experiential science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development opportunities to underserved communities. MdBio’s interdisciplinary approach uses STEM to explore a real-world, problem-centric curriculum that bridges school, community, health and business. The foundation’s flagship program is a mobile laboratory for high schools that has provided quality educational experiences to more than 150,000 students throughout the state of Maryland since its launch in 2003. MdBio also operates other celebrated STEM education programs, such as the Young Science Explorers Program for middle school students, the Maryland BioGENEius Award, and ATLAS: Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders in STEM college and career symposium. Visit or follow on social media @MdBioFoundation.

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Last updated on: 16/11/2017

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