USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Archives for May, 2014

Affecting Change One Citizen Scientist at a Time

Guest Blog By X-STEM Speaker Aaron A. Alford, PhD, MPH, PMP Hands-on learning and human connections are essential to STEM education. Without exception, all of the scientists that I know were inspired to enter STEM career tracks by someone who helped them make an emotional connection to science and discovery. As a scientist and an…

Story Time From Space

Guest Blog by Festival X-STEM Speaker Dr. Jeffrey Bennett Originally Posted on The Huffington Post May 9, 2014 What you cannot imagine, you cannot do. –Astronaut Alvin Drew (STS-118, STS-133) How many people are living in space right now? I’ve found that since the end of the Space Shuttle program, most Americans think the answer is zero, but…

A Science Festival that Sets the Standard for Inspiration

Guest Blog by Festival X-STEM Speaker Dr. Joe Schwarcz How do you inspire students toward careers in science, and combat scientific illiteracy at the same time? First, you spend two years planning the USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest of its kind in the world. Then you rent the gigantic Washington Convention Center to host it…

Meet the Winners of the 2014 Kavli “Science in Fiction” Video Contest

Congratulations to the Kavli Science in Fiction Video Contest winners!! 1st Prize Winner: Zachary Katko Video:   “Superluminal Communication” Age : 17 School: Dansville High School, Dansville, Michigan What are your favorite subjects? Science and Social Studies mainly, though I also enjoy English. Can you tell us what inspired you to make this video? Firstly, my engagingly…