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The 7th Annual ED GAMES EXPO
A Showcase of Government Supported
Educational Learning Games and Technologies

DATE: Thursday, January 9, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
RSVP: The Expo is free and open to the public. Attendees must RSVP online to gain entry

  • Click here for the "Guide to Educational Learning Games and Technologies," a document that provides details and video demonstrations on the technologies to be exhibited at the 2020 ED Games Expo
  • Click here for the "Activity Guide," a resource to engage and prepare children and students who are attending the 2020 ED Games Expo


The ED Games Expo is the Department of Education's annual public showcase and celebration of educational learning games as well as innovative forms of learning technologies for children and students in education and special education.

At the Expo, attendees walk around the Terrace Level Galleries at the Kennedy Center to discover and demo almost 150 learning games and technologies, while meeting face-to-face with the developers. The games and technologies cover a range of topics, such as early learning, science, engineering, making, math, reading, social studies, English learning, social skills and to support students with or at risk for disabilities. The Expo features an array of cutting-edge technologies for individual students - such as virtual reality, augmented reality, maker tools, and automated tutors - and role-playing and simulations for groups to participate at the same time. The Expo is free and open to the public from 5PM to 8PM. Attendees must RSVP online here to attend.

A note to parents—Bring your children after school so they can play and then ask the experts "How did you create this learning game?" and "What do I need to study in school to become a game developer?"

Ed Games Expo Logo

All of the games and technologies at the ED Games Expo were developed with support from more than 30 programs across many agencies in the Federal government. This includes the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs at the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Agriculture. It also includes ED research programs at IES, the Office of Special Education Programs, the Office of Innovation and Improvement, and the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, and through programs at the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, NASA, USAID,the Wilson Center, and others.

Follow the Expo on twitter at @IESResearch, @SBIRgov, and #EDGamesExpo.

A digital depiction in a game of a moose in a grassy environment

Additional ED Games Expo Events Open to the Public on Friday, January 10 at the Kennedy Center on the Terrace Level in the Atrium Galleries

A young man using chemistry equipment within a VR environment

Friday, January 10 from 9AM to 4:30PM (in the Kennedy Center on the Terrace Level)

  • Office Hours — At the Office Hours, education technology developers and researchers will have the opportunity to visit tables hosted by 30 representatives from programs at ED and across government agencies, and 20 national organizations in the field of education. These representatives will provide information to attendees on funding opportunities across government, as well as on initiatives of interest led by these organizations. The session is free and open to the public from 9AM to 11:30AM. Attendees must RSVP online to attend the Office Hours.
  • ED Information Session on FERPA in the Client/Vendor Space — A panel of speakers will present on the FERPA requirements that schools and districts must follow regarding third party outsourced contractors, and how to better address those requirements when working with the schools/districts. The session is free and open to the public from Noon to 12:45PM. Attendees can email to RSVP and with questions.
  • Small Business Industry Day Event — The U.S. Department of Education Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is hosting a Small Business Research & Science Industry Day featuring presentations on IES programs and procurement opportunities. IES will host an Evaluations Panel and Statistics Panels. Panelists will include program officers, contracting officer representatives (CORS) and Education prime contractors. Education is seeking small business companies with capability in research, statistics, and evaluation. The Industry Day will also include presentations from National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 1PM to 4PM. Contact for more information, and RSVP here.