USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Archives for March, 2012

By Larry Bock Founder and organizer, USA Science & Engineering Festival A visit to Washington, DC in the spring is always exciting, but this season the ‘wow” factor in the nation’s capital goes up a notch with the 100th Celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 14. Always a must-see event…

Popping Off about Gluten-Free Rice Krispies

By Joe Schwarcz PhD, Author, USASEF Expo Performer, AT&T Sponsored Nifty Fifty Program Speaker The malt flavouring is gone! Celiac sufferers are no longer limited to listening to the snap, crackle and pop of Rice Krispies! They can actually eat the cereal that has been music to the ears of legions since 1928 but has…

Attention Festival Fans! The Festival has been awarded spaces for 18 people to march in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. We have decided to give our fans the opportunity to win these spaces to march alongside legendary NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the Festival’s Mondo Spider and other personalities in the 100th Celebration of the…

Earth Day 2012 Finds Kids Ready to Do Their Part, Says Author Seymour Simon

By Larry Bock Founder and Organizer, USA Science & Engineering Festival Planet Earth — that fragile blue marble in space that we call home — deserves better from all of us, I think we would agree. And for good reason. With such issues as energy, pollution, conservation and sustainability, and climate becoming rising worldwide concerns,…

Max Kurzweil Describes the Science Behind the Potato Chips

By Max Kurzweil When we’re at a baseball game or on a picnic we call ‘em chips. But when we’re cooking up experiments at the Chip Science Institute we maintain in our basement, or at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington D.C., we call the world’s most beloved munchie “research material.” For the…

Winning Cub Reporters are going to Festival!

Innovation Generation has selected the “iGen Cub Reporter Contest” Winning Teams to cover the USA Science & Engineering Festival! Teachers from around the Washington D.C. area applied with teams of students to blog about science on iGEN. The teams selected as the winning team of the contest are The Mighty Mustangs, 7th and 8th graders…

By Larry Bock Founder and organizer, USA Science & Engineering Festival When searching for a prime, real-life example of how science and technology are making a difference in the world right now, my thoughts lately turn to a small but feisty greentech startup that you may never have heard of: Kurion, Inc. Based in Irvine,…

Featured Author Homer Hickam Shares a Glimpse into his Latest Novel

The Festival is thrilled to have Homer Hickam, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Rocket Boys, as a Featured Author this year. Homer’s new book Crater, the first novel in his new Helium-3 series for young adults, will be released just in time for the Festival. You have the opportunity to meet Homer…

Geyser Gets a Little Help From Chemistry

By Joe Schwarcz PhD, Author, USASEF Expo Performer, AT&T Sponsored Nifty Fifty Program Speaker Yellowstone National Park’s iconic “Old Faithful” geyser is pretty faithful. It can be counted on to erupt every 50-90 minutes. Iceland’s “Great Geysir,” from which all other geysers get their name is less reliable. It was mostly dormant for sixty five…

This April, Jeff Lieberman, artist, scientist and host of Discovery Channel’s “Time Warp”, will be performing at the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival with his show “Beyond Your Imagination”. In “Beyond Your Imagination”, Lieberman will give you a tour like no other – a tour of yourself. Using advanced technologies and scientific discoveries, we…