USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Archives for February, 2011

Heather Knight is an engineer on a mission. Known as a social roboticist, she is constantly thinking about new ways to make robots charismatic, giving them the necessary personality and social skills to interact with humans in meaningful ways. Her work includes developing a cuddly robot called “Data” (named after the Star Trek character) who…

Confessions of an Original Storm Chaser

Meet Storm Chaser Josh Wurman and Discover first-hand from this original storm chaser what it’s like to track and study deadly tornadoes across the Kansas landscape and stare down wicked hurricanes off the Gulf of Mexico! You could say Josh Wurman was born to chase storms. Even as kid he was adventurous with a penchant…

Einstein at the Expo!

Learn about the theory of Relativity from Einstein himself! Interview by Engineering.com at the 2010 USA Science and Engineering Festival.

Meet Nifty Fifty Speaker, Ben Gulak. Unique, amazing inventions – and the story behind how they came about – always inspire us. Such is the story of Benjamin Gulak, who, as a teenager growing up in Ontario, Canada had a special wish: that one day he be known for his inventions – inventions that would…

Re-engaging boys in learning

From lack of role models in the elementary classroom to a learning culture that isn’t engaging boys in the learning process, meet Nifty Fifty Speaker Ali Carr-Chellman who talks about how to change these things. –For every 100 girls suspended from school there are 250 boys suspended from school. –For every 200 girls expelled from…

They’re back! Yes, the Nifty Fifty – that high-profile group of researchers and professionals in science and engineering who wowed students during last year’s Festival with their inspirational school visits and talks –are returning for the 2012 Science & Engineering Festival. But this time we’re doubling the number of participating Nifty Fifty speakers to 100…