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STEMosphere to engage students in STEM at first Share Fair in Washington, D.C.

Aspiring artists and scientists, next generation inventors and engineers, and teachers and tinkerers of all ages are welcome March 8, 2014 at the Share Fair in Washington, D.C. Open to the public, the Share Fair will be hosted by the George Washington University in partnership with the Morgridge Family Foundation and the Smithsonian Science Education Center.

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"GW is excited to host the first Share Fair in D.C.," says graduate assistant Maria Perez, who is studying Tourism Administration with a concentration in Event & Meeting Management at the campus. Having attended Orlando's Share Fair in January, Perez anticipates an exciting day of hands-on activity and innovative technological displays. "The event will be very interactive and participatory," she states.

More than thirty organizations will exhibit during the 'STEMosphere' program. These organizations represent industries ranging from architecture to construction to wildlife conservation. Among many things, students can learn about glacial flow, music intelligence, arctic climate change, the chemistry of color and how chefs use thermodynamics in meal preparation. Students can also extract DNA from strawberries and test out an air pressure suit for a marshmallow peep 'pilot.'

Additionally, a 'Classroom Incentives' workshop for teachers is part of the exposition. Presenters will focus on fresh strategies and emerging technologies that help educators inspire and engage their students.

The Share Fair takes place from 8:30 am to 4 pm in GW's Charles E. Smith Center on the Foggy Bottom campus in D.C. The event is free, but pre-registration is strongly recommended so that event coordinators can better plan for attendees. Coordinators are also looking for more volunteers who would like to be a part of the crew that day; volunteers can register here.

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