While our growing festival is a celebration of arts and entertainment - big and small screens - in this corner of Virginia, West by DC, it's also a concerted effort to bring together, promote and benefit the professional and academic supporters of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) in Virginia. Modern film and digital arts are made possible, and successful, by the application of STEM disciplines.
STEM programs are designed to integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the classroom. These programs aim to teach students to think critically and have an engineering or design approach towards real-world problems while building on their math and science base. STEAM programs add art to STEM curriculum by drawing on design principles and encouraging creative solutions. - Wikipedia
The "digital technology" community is strong in Northern Virginia, focused on the entire ecosystem delivering commercial and public service value to customers and constituents - through digital services and user experience (UX), secure and responsive mobile platforms, social channels and technologies, online collaboration and communities, and all manner of creative, web-based capabilities that connect ourselves, our interests and increasingly our devices. Innovation is strong - from area companies, startups, entrepreneurs and increasingly, area students and their research.
This festival brings this community together, and directly invests in its future through specific vehicles directly funded by event sponsors, donors and donations (these are currently being developed).
Virginia STEAM Scholarship
Planning is underway to develop a STEAM-centric scholarship for Northern Virginia students applying to Virginia colleges and universities - directly aligned with the interests and objectives of state higher education and economic development initiatives, including those espoused by the Loudoun Department of Economic Development (DED), the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the University of Virginia Club (UVaClub) of Loudoun, and the George Mason Enterprise Center (MEC). More information to come as this scholarship, its criteria for award and management support are developed. The scholarship will be supported through distributions from this festival, along with additional funding opportunities organized through the new West by DC (WestXDC) community and founders at KME Digital .