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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  • 2019 STEAM Conference

    GDS is holding its 8th annual conference around science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

    Friday, March 8, 2019
    8:15 AM – 1:00 PM
    @ GDS High School

Keynote Speaker

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  • Kirin Sinha '11

    Kirin Sinha is the founder and CEO of Illumix, a Lightspeed and Maveron backed augmented reality gaming and technology company focused on developing adaptive and immersive experiences for the mobile phone. Previously, she founded SHINE for Girls, a national nonprofit targeted at encouraging middle school girls to pursue the study of mathematics. Kirin is a Marshall Scholar and holds Masters degrees with honors in mathematics and statistics focused on machine learning, specifically computer vision, from the University of Cambridge and LSE respectively. She received a degree in electrical engineering / computer science and mathematics from MIT, and her MBA from Stanford University. She graduated from GDS in 2011.


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

Innovator's Challenge

Conference Committee

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    Cori Coats 

    High School Science Department Chair
  • Photo of Tim Lyons

    Tim Lyons 

    Director of Innovation & Technology
  • Photo of Quinn Killy

    Quinn Killy 

    Assistant Principal for School Life; High School Science Teacher
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    Lee Goldman 

    High School Math Department Chair
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    Tuan Nguyen 

    High School Technology Specialist
  • Photo of Matthew Bachiochi

    Matthew Bachiochi 

    Computer Science Teacher and Maker-In-Residence

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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.