USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

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It is difficult to grasp the magnitude of what was accomplished not only this past weekend, but also the entire two years leading up to the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival.  The official numbers from the Washington D.C. Convention Center reveal that over 325,000 attendees visited our Nation’s Capital to partake in the largest…

High Risk, High Return

By Guest Blogger Jason Osborne Explorer, Innovator, and co-founder of both Paleo Quest™, a non-profit citizen science organization, and SharkFinder™ When most people think about scuba diving, they envision coral reefs and colorful tropical fish. But for me and my fellow professional-amateur paleontologist Aaron Alford, this is not the case. As the cofounders of non-profit organization Paleo…

Addressing Gender Imbalances in STEM Education

Guest Blog by Lindsey Shephard  Rainmaker and Resident Mom at GoldiBlox At GoldieBlox, we truly believe there are millions of girls out there who are engineers, but they just don’t know it yet.  We’re thrilled to join this year’s USA Science & Engineering Festival, where we’ll be able to interact with girls and their families, showing…

Preparing Our Students for Success

Guest Blog By Jerry Baker Executive Director of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society Imagine a world where every child, who dreams of becoming a scientist or engineer, is provided with the opportunity to fulfill that dream. Think of the possibilities and the discoveries that can help humanity or global sustainability. Think of the new solutions…

MORE – By Design

Guest Blog by Paul Anastas Assistant Administrator for the U.S. EPA for Research and Development and the Agency Science Advisor For too long sustainability and environmental protection have been defined by those saying that we need to do less, have less, expect less.   For too long, we have been told that we need to consume less…

Seven Steps to Help Your Kids Fail

Guest Blog By Andrea Beaty New York Times bestselling author of Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect along with children’s novels, Dorko the Magnificent and Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies Kids are their own worst critics. Perfectionism can reduce even very young children to hysterics over toppled towers, drawing disasters and other creative catastrophes. It breaks…

EPA’s P3 Student Design Competition: Sowing the Seeds of a Sustainable Future

Guest Blog By Lek KadeliActing Assistant Administrator in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) Each spring around the same time that so much of the country is swept up in the “madness” of amateur basketball tournaments, a dedicated team of employees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are finishing…

Caves of Ideas

Guest Blog By David Bolinsky Founder and Creative Director of e*mersion Studio In 1962, when I was ten, my family and I had the rare privilege of exploring the ancient caves of Lascaux in southern France to see 17,000 year-old Paleolithic paintings close up. Though sadly no longer open for public viewing, these iconic works changed me…

Science (Fiction), Technology, Engineering, and Math?

Guest Blog By Stacy Jannis Science Media Producer and the Manager of the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Kavli science video contest Can science fiction influence science? Many theoretical physicists and astronomers seem to think so, and quite a few scientists say they were inspired to go into science by reading Jules Verne, or watching…

The X-STEM Symposium was a HUGE Success!

Sponsored by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune, our X-STEM Symposium featured multiple presentation sessions covering a wide array of subject areas including space exploration, storm chasing, oceanography, the science of social networks, the physics of superheroes, mathematical puzzles and much, much more! As a special treat, the Senior Science Advisor to President Obama, Dr. John Holdren delivered the…