STEM-SC and Oratorial Competition Sponsored by Blacks in Government

The Blacks in Government, is sponsoring its annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-Student Competition (STEM-SC) and Oratorical Competition. BIG was established in 1975 and incorporated in 1976. As a Non-profit 501 © (3), we continue to be a national response to the needs of African Americans in public service to organize around issues of mutual concern and to use our collective strength to confront workplace and community issues.

This year’s STEM competition will focus on coding to create interactive animated projects that are narratives that tell a story or build an environment. The official theme is: “Exploring Coding/ Programming Opportunities” This experience will provide high school students in grades 9th – 12th an opportunity to develop STEM competencies. This competition will recognize and encourage African American youth participation and engagement in science, technology, engineer, mathematics and an opportunity to compete for scholarships and awards. Winners from this region will compete nationally in New Orleans, LA, August, 2018.

This year’s oratorical competition will provide young people training in communication and public speaking experience. The official theme is: “Making Ethical Decisions: What Challenges Impedes Today’s Youth’s Ability to Lead by Example Positively? This opportunity will provide high school students in grades 9th -12th with the chance to develop essential skills necessary in becoming leaders in their community. Winners from this regional competition will compete nationally in New Orleans, LA, August, 2018.

Below are the list of sites local competition sites. Interested students should complete the attached application ASAP. Please also contact me so that I can support the entry process.

  1. Carl T. Rowan – Oratorical – April 13
  2. FMS BIG – Oratorical – May 6
  3. Coast Guard – Oratorical and STEM – May 16
  4. Education – Oratorical and STEM – May 17
  5. NOAA – STEM – May 19
  6. Sankofa – STEM and Oratorical – May 19
  7. Washington Navy Yard – Oratorical – May 23
  8. BIG Pentagon – Oratorical and STEM – May 23 or May 30
Leroy Nesbitt Jr.
Executive Director
Black Student Fund
3636 16th St NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20010

The following are PDF files with more details:

Margery E. Goldberg to be given an award on April 10

Margery E. Goldberg to be honored by the City Council and given an award for her service to the city on:

Tuesday April 10, 2018, between 11-1 at the Council Chambers in DC. People are welcome to come.

Our support of the “Selection from the Freedom Place Collection” exhibition at the Congressional Bank led us to be introduced to Margery E. Goldberg, who lives in Ward 4 and is also the founder and director of the Zenith Gallery and the Zenith Art Foundation. These work to train, support and promote local arts and artists. Since GABIDDC is primarily dedicated to present and future workforce training and education efforts, we welcome an association with her and congratulate her for her award.


“opened Zenith Gallery on Rhode Island Avenue, NW in March 1978 when she was 27 years old; and developed it into a 50,000 square foot art center, called Zenith Square with 17 50 artists studio’s, the Dance Exchange and Studio Theater.”

The award will be given at the Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

For More on Margery:
Zenith Gallery
Zenith Foundation
Zenith Community Arts Foundation
1429 Iris St., NW
Washington, DC 20012-1409