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Join Us In Honoring These African American X-STEM Symposium Speakers During Black History Month!

African American scientists and engineers have made extraordinary contributions to STEM and high-tech innovation, and you’ll meet some of these key pioneers at the Festival Expo’s X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium hosted by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune on Thursday, April 24 in Washington!

In honor of National African American History Month, the Festival would like to acknowledge these trailblazers and their achievements as they prepare to present at this extraordinary event.

XSTEM logo NGF MED hor fnlThe all-day symposium will bring students, teachers and others up close with these and other leading STEM innovators in an unforgettable experience of workshops, live demonstrations and other hands-on learning experiences. Tickets are on sale now! Click this link for details.

Our noted STEM luminaries will include those in space exploration, robotics, green technology, storm chasing, quantum physics, the science behind Hollywood TV and film, oceanography, nanotechnology, biomimicry, and biotech entrepreneurial startups.

Which is why we want to be sure you don’t miss out on this exciting “limited tickets only” event set for the Washington, D.C. Convention Center! So sign up today!

Here’s a brief look at just some of the high-profile X-STEM speakers we would like to recognize for National African American History Month!

alvin drew 2014 Nifty Fifty Speaker USA Science and Engineering FestivalAlvin Drew – This United States Air Force officer and former combat pilot is one of the last NASA astronauts to perform a spacewalk as part of the Shuttle Discovery’s mission to the International Space Station. Learn how in space, he started the “Storytime in Space” reading program for children!

 

 

09 GCEC SpeakBernardHarrisBernard Harris, M.D. – This physician served as a NASA astronaut from 1990 to 1996, including flying aboard STS-55 (Spacelab D-2), Columbia,and as Payload Commander on STS-63 in 1995 (in which he became the first African American to walk in space). Learn of his perspective on the future of space flight, and of his career transition to Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm focused on early-stage companies in medical informatics and technology.

Barrington Irving 2014 X-STEM Speaker RSBarrington Irving – He made history in 2007 by becoming the youngest person to pilot a plane solo around the world (and the first African American to accomplish this feat). Now discover how he is further inspiring kids in aeronautical science by developing the first-ever flying K-12 classroom through his non-profit organization, Experience Aviation!

 

james west 2James West, Ph.D. – This acoustical scientist is world-known for his invention of the foil electret microphone (the most widely used microphone today). Learn how he turned his childhood fascination with electricity into a career as a world-class innovator in acoustics!

 

 

For a complete look at bios for all X-STEM speakers scheduled for Festival Expo 2014, visit this link.