Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math EVents


Past STEM Events:


May 1st 

The STEM Academy and Anatomy students will attend the National Museum of Health and Medicine.  The objective of the trip is to visit the medical history museum and take part in and introductory tour and a special tour on human pregnancy which includes an empathy belly.

The Healthy Human Body: These specimens provide examples of healthy anatomical structures. Healthy specimens establish a reference point for anatomical study. Comparing healthy specimens with diseased or injured tissues can help illustrate the changes caused by illness and trauma. Understanding these processes is often the first step towards improved prevention and treatment.


See Mr. Haigh in room 342 if you’re interested in any of these events

April 28th

Blair STEM students will attend the X-STEM symposium at the Washington Convention center.  Guest speakers include many people at the forefront of scientific thought including tv personalities and a former astronaut.  See this link for more details.

April 24th

The STEM Academy, in partnership with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital will be hosting our 5th MedStar Medical Careers Panel in the Blair Media Center.  This event features multiple guest speakers discussing various fields and opportunities in the medical fields.  The event will take place during 3rd period. 



April 24th

Students currently enrolled in Anatomy, Immunology, Biochemistry or AP Biology will be taking a school bus to the Howard University Gross Anatomy Lab.  The objective of the trip is to gain insight into the requirements and expectations of a first year medical student.  The experience will include an introduction to human anatomy using human cadavers. 

April 18th

STEM academy students from Anatomy and Forensics classes will visit the Mutter museum in Philadelphia. 

Grimms' Anatomy: Magic and Medicine

The bodies of fairy-tale characters are rarely ordinary. They may be injured through acts of violence, healed or harmed by medicinal potions, or altered by magical transformations. Though many fairy-tale bodies belong to the realm of the marvelous, some have real-world counterparts. 

Though many fairy-tale bodies belong to the realm of the marvelous, some have real-world counterparts.

In honor of the two-hundredth anniversary of the publication of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, this exhibit shows real-world examples of gruesome and grotesque fairy-tale bodies, along with instruments from these stories. Also displayed are rare illustrated editions of Brothers Grimm. 

Curated by Anna Dhody, MFS, and Linda J. Lee, MA, folklorist, PhD candidate, University of Pennsylvania

April 6th

Blair will be hosting its first ever TEDx event! TEDxBlair will have the theme of “Walls” and will take place from 6:00pm-9:00pm.  As part of your admission you will receive a t-shirt and various snacks at intermission. 

Please use this attached link for details and payment.

April 3rd

We are extremely excited to host Dr. Anthony Fauci as part of the “Nifty Fifty” program.

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., NIAID Director

Dr. Fauci was appointed Director of NIAID in 1984. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. NIAID also supports research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies. The NIAID budget for fiscal year 2017 is approximately $4.7 billion.

Dr. Fauci has advised five Presidents and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world.


ACES Event: On Friday March 3rd, The STEM academy and the ACES program brought 30 students to the NIH institute for Neurological research for a special “students in the lab week.”  The students visited a number of labs where they learned the various types of research done and what sorts of careers they could access in the sciences.  Many of their experiences were hands on and students had a very positive reaction to the experience.  The institute would like to continue its relationship with Blair in the future offering more activities to get students involved in the sciences. 

SNHS Event: How does the brain respond to neural disorders physically, socially and emotionally?

On Thursday December 8th, the Science National Honors Society hosted a wonderful talk by Dr. Yogita Chudasama that delved into how complex executive behavior is affected by neural disorders.  Dr. Chudasama is Chief of the Section on Behavioral Neuroscience and Director of the Rodent Behavioral Core at the National Institute of Mental Health and has had a long standing interest in functional neuroanatomy, specifically elucidating the brain mechanisms underlying the control of executive function, which are both central to human cognitive behavior and adversely affected in psychiatric disorders. Her laboratory focuses on the cognitive effects of manipulating particular brain circuits and is at the forefront in state-of-the-art behavioral testing.  Dr. Chudasama’s work places a strong emphasis on translation to understanding human brain circuits, cognition, and dysfunction observed in mental disorders. Recently, her work has extended towards understanding the relationship between executive dysfunction and socioemotional dysregulation. Currently, her lab is actively investigating the network of forebrain and midbrain structures that not only steer complex executive behavior, but also regulates normal social development.


Special thanks to the SNHS officers: Rohan Dalvi, Richard Chen, Sherry Fan, Mikaela Moore, Cami Vanderwolf, Maniza Habib, Danie Stewart, Dawson Do, John Lathrop, and Elia Martin for putting the event together.

Dr. Mahaffy visits Blair to discuss Mars rover

The Blair Science National Honor Society and the STEM Academy welcomed Dr. Paul Mahaffy on November 11th to the Media Center to discuss his current Mars rover studies with NASA.  His insight, knowledge and captivating stories about studies done on mars engaged students for the entire presentation. 


Paul Mahaffy is the Director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA Goddard. He has participated for many years at Goddard Space Flight Center in study of planetary atmospheres and development of space qualified instrumentation. His main research interests are: (1) Planetary science, especially chemical and isotopic composition of planetary atmospheres and comets, (2) Advanced instrument development for organic and light isotope analysis in planetary targets, and (3) Analog studies for martian and cometary materials including both laboratory and field work. 



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