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Cafecito con Phil Rogofsky

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Cafecito con Phil Rogofsky

Director -Maryland STEM Festival


Phil Rogofsky is the Director of the Maryland STEM Festival. He created the Festival three years ago to share his love of education and knowledge, particularly for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. He started with a STEM Event at his son’s middle school, then created the HoCo (Howard County) STEM Festival. He is not an educator by training, but comes from a family of educators. His father was a librarian and his mother was math teacher. He is preparing to leave his career in Federal service to lead the Festival full time. He is a graduate of University of Maryland at College Park and Bowie State University. He lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife, two children, two cats and a turtle.

What is the focus of the Maryland STEM Festival?

The focus of the Maryland STEM Festival is to increase interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics throughout Maryland and to bring Marylanders together.

Why did you decide to start Maryland STEM Festival?

STEM has always been a critical part of everyday life, although the term was not used until recently. The importance and significance of STEM to the Nation, the State, and an individual’s future success is become more critical. I feel there is a need to increase the knowledge and interest in all Marylanders of STEM.

Who are your clients?

All Marylanders. We want to reach out to students as well as adults. I feel some people are afraid or intimated by STEM. I want people to overcome that apprehension. I always say that not all areas of STEM are for everyone but there is an area of STEM for everyone. I want to help everyone find the area for STEM that is right for them.

Why did you choose Maryland as the place in which to do business?

I have lived in Maryland since 1967. It’s a great, diverse state. It is a microcosm of the nation. There are people of many backgrounds. It has its rural areas and its urban areas. It has its shorelines, lakes, mountains and forests. It truly is a melting pot of people and the landscape.

What has this year been like?

Very Exciting. The Festival is moving from part time volunteer status to a full-time staff person. This gives the Festival more opportunities to reach out to more people and more organizations. There is just too much to do and not enough time but it’s a fun, exciting journey.

What are your expansion plans?

To keep growing the Festival until it is one of the biggest events in the State. We would like all Marylanders to be aware of the Festival and think of it as one of the great things about living in Maryland. We want it to be an event that is marked on all Marylanders’ calendars. We want the Festival to be a model and inspiration for other states.

What inspires you?

After my family, seeing the people and the world move forward in a positive manner. I like to think the future will be better for everyone.

What is your favorite Spanish Word?

Familia-it’s the most important word

Café…con leche y azúcar or black?

Neither, I usually drink water.

Any other fun fact about you?

My father named me after the great Jewish baseball player-Sandy Koufax. My middle name is Sanford.

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