Science Success Can Earn a Trip to White House  

February 16, 2011

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As DCPS students gear up for the 65th Annual District of Columbia Citywide Science and Engineering Fair in April, now is a good time to reflect on the potential benefits of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

Take Betlihem Ayalew, for example. The Banneker High School junior won the second-place grand prize at last year’s citywide science and engineering fair and represented the District last year at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in California.

But the recognition and support didn’t end there.

In the fall, she was one of only two dozen middle and high school students nationwide to be invited by President Barack Obama to the first ever White House Science Fair.
Look for her in this video: (if you look behind President Obama, you can see Betlihem in a white shirt seated between two male students).

The DC Science and Engineering Fair is a citywide science fair comprised of top winning projects from school-sponsored science fairs as well as home school participants. The fair allows students to showcase their research skills and share their findings with local professionals and other students within the city. As a science competition, participants have the opportunity to compete for a variety of awards and prizes offered by various government agencies, businesses and professional associations.

This year, the fair, open to students in grades 3-12, will be held April 1 at the Verizon Center with the awards ceremony slated for April 2. For more information about this event, visit and click “News” to read the story.

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