Each spring, GDS hosts a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) conference. The conference brings students and faculty from DC-area independent, public, and charter schools together to discuss and participate in STEAM education. A central mission of the event is to promote engagement of underrepresented groups in STEAM disciplines.

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  • 2018 STEAM Conference

    GDS is gearing up to hold its 7th conference around science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. This year's conference will be held Friday, March 2, 2018 at the GDS High School.

Keynote Speakers

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  • Dr. Griffin Rodgers

    Griffin is the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a research investigator, Dr. Rodgers is widely recognized for his contributions to the development of the first effective therapy for sickle cell anemia. He also performed basic research that focused on understanding the molecular basis of how a new generation of treatments, including blood stem-cell transplant regimens may be even more effective. He has been honored for his research with numerous awards including the 1998 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award, the 2000 Arthur S. Flemming Award, the Legacy of Leadership Award in 2002, and a Mastership from the American College of Physicians in 2005.

    More information on Griff’s research »
  • Dan Tepfer

    Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. As a composer, he is a recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for works including Concerto for Piano and Winds, premiered in the Prague Castle with himself on piano, and Solo Blues for Violin and Piano, premiered at Carnegie Hall. Bringing together his undergraduate studies in astrophysics with his passion for music, he is currently working on integrating computer-driven algorithms into his improvisational approach. Awards include first prize and audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and the Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association.

    Dan’s website »

Past Years' Keynote Speakers

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A STEMbassador is a GDS student ambassador for STEAM education. STEMbassadors have a strong passion for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics and want to share that passion with other students. A STEMbassador believes that every student deserves a quality STEAM education and every qualified STEAM professional deserves the same opportunity to a career no matter her or his color or gender.

GDS STEMbassadors:
  • Sponsor STEAM professionals to speak to GDS students about their careers, spanning medicine to computer game development
  • Reach out to STEAM businesses such as NeuStar and Microsoft for advice and mentorship for a STEAM career
  • Explore ways to incorporate the arts into STEAM education, such as including graphic design in STEAM curriculum
  • Investigate the use of computer games to teach elementary and middle school students
  • Help plan and conduct our STEAM conferences every March inviting students and teachers from high schools in the DC metropolitan area

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Conference Committee

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  • William Wallace 

    High School Science Teacher
  • Cori Coats 

    High School Science Department Chair
  • Tim Lyons 

    Director of Innovation & Technology
  • Quinn Killy 

    High School Dean of School Life; High School Science Teacher
  • Lee Goldman 

    High School Math Department Chair
  • Tuan Nguyen 

    High School Technology Specialist


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Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum includes hands-on learning, honors and AP classes, as well as advanced-level math and STEM courses. An education is not just college prep and SAT scores. GDS teachers focus on providing the best education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable.