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Upcoming Stage Shows at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

The 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, the nation’s largest celebration of STEM, is just one month away! This FREE and open to the public event will take place April 26 & 27 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. Over 250,000 attendees will experience the weekend of a lifetime with 3,000 hands on exhibits, 150 stage shows, including presentations from science celebrities Bill Nye and Michio Kaku, teacher development workshops, a Festival Book Fair and much much more!

Here is just a sampling of the upcoming stage shows at the Festival Expo Finale:

Learn From Mike Rowe of  TV’s Dirty Jobs How Skilled Trades  Are Packing a Powerful Punch!

Skilled trade jobs are not only high-paying and in-demand, but powerful forces in STEM. In a must-see panel presentation conducted by Mike Rowe, star of TV’s Dirty Jobs series and founder and CEO of the  mikeroweWorks Foundation, you’ll discover at the Festival Expo in April how skilled trades are making a dramatic difference in myriad sectors of the real world. The panel will include such skilled trade notables as: Mark Hatch, Chief Executive Officer of TechShop, a global leader in the Maker/DIY movement; agricultural innovator Sue McCloskey, co-owner of Fair Oaks Dairy Farms in Indiana — one of the largest dairy farms in the United States that uses both commercial and organic farming practices, much of it made possible by skilled labor technology; and noted marine biologist and inventor  Jeremiah Sullivan, founder of SharkArmor Tech which is using skilled trades to further develop the life-saving and world-famous flexible suits of armor he invented to protect divers while working around sharks.

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Meet Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist William Phillips

It’s not everyday that students and others get the chance to meet a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.  But they’ll get that opportunity at the Festival Expo in an exciting way when noted physicist William Phillips presents a dynamic stage show covering Einstein’s theory of relativity, atomic clocks, light, liquid nitrogen and other fascinating areas of physics. Dr. Phillips was the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997 for his contributions to laser cooling, a technique to slow the movement of gaseous atoms in order to better study them. At the Expo, he joins an exciting compendium of other noted achievers, leaders and visionaries in STEM to help science come alive for young learners and the general public.

Delve Into the Mysteries of the Paranormal 

Since the dawn of civilization humans have been fascinated by paranormal phenomena, such as predicting the future, UFOs and conversations with the dead, but how much of these occurrences can be logically explained by scientific approaches involving STEM? Get ready for an unforgettable presentation at the Festival Expo when Dr. Joe Schwarcz, a noted chemist and Director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society, explores if these phenomena really lie outside the scope of modern day science. His presentation will also be highlighted by various interactive activities aimed at increasing the awareness of the need to evaluate paranormal phenomena through critical scientific methods.

‘Flatland’ Filmmakers and Actress-Mathematician Danica McKellar Explore the Math Behind the Hit Movie ‘Sphereland’  

Movie fans will remember the hit animated film Flatland: The Movie, and its 2012 sequel, Flatland 2: Sphereland  – two productions highly acclaimed for their creative use of math and sci-fi inventiveness. At the Festival Expo in April, get set to meet the filmmakers of these movies – producer Seth Caplan, and writer/director Dano Johnson — in an amazing stage presentation in which they take you behind-the-scenes of Flatland 2, including explaining the mathematics behind its captivating animations, and how the theme of scientific inquiry drive the movie’s characters. During the presentation, the filmmakers will be joined by mathematician and actress Danica McKellar, who best known for starring roles in TV’s The Wonder Years, and The West Wing, and for her candid, bestselling books  that motivate girls in mathematics.

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Learn the Science of Football From a Scientist Who Studies the Game, and a Mathematics Genius Who Plays It!

One only has to watch a quarterback throw a 50-yard “bomb” on target downfield to his streaking wide receiver, or witness a bone-crushing tackle delivered by a 350-pound lineman to a speeding running back to realize that football is chock full of science and physics.  At the Festival Expo in April, you’ll discover with Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D., a leading scientist who studies the game and who authored the book, Newton’s Football, why football boils down to the team that uses the science of force, motion, energy and other elements the best!  Adding further excitement to this stage show will be Penn State football standout, John Urschel, a first-team All Big Ten lineman who is known not only for his prowess on the field, but also for his achievements as a math scholar, including graduating as a 4.0 GPA student from Penn State with a B.S. and Master’s in mathematics while playing football!

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Learn more about the Festival Stage Shows here. 

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