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Making it up as you go along – a guide to a happy career in science.

Guest Blog by Dr. Catherine Mohr Senior Director of Medical Research, Intuitive Surgical USA Science & Engineering Festival X-STEM Speaker I work on surgical robots – at the intersection of cool, high tech, and helping people get well. One of the things I like most is that my job changes every day as I look…

Meet the USA Science & Engineering Festival Youth Advisor Board! Join our Twitter Chat Tonight!

You could call them child or teen prodigies – wunderkinds, who at remarkable young ages have already begun making their mark upon science and technology as innovators and visionaries. The USA Science & Engineering Festival not only applauds such young achievers, but is recruiting some of the best of them to serve on its new Youth…

A Treatment for Chemophobia

Guest Blog By Festival X-STEM Speaker and Expo Performer  Dr. Joe Schwarcz “Hey, aren’t you somebody?” the teenager queried as I got into the elevator. While I was pondering an appropriate answer to this deeply philosophical question, his crony spilled the beans: “Yeah, he’s that guy who talks about chemistry on TV.” This was just…

Celebrating the Fun of Science by Alan Ladwig

Guest Blog by Alan Ladwig USA Science & Engineering Festival Emcee  and Panel Host I am really looking forward to having fun at my third USA Science and Engineering Festival. With its carnival-like atmosphere the Festival is the perfect place to bring your kids for an up close look at the wonders of science and technology.…

Mike Rowe star of TV’s Dirty Jobs series and founder and CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, would like to add “skilled” trades to the well-known acronym of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). “Adding an ‘S’ to the end of STEM would further get across the vital role that training and jobs in skilled trades are playing in the future…

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…

Meet Women Innovators Who Are Creating Cool, New Ways to Inspire Young Girls in STEM

Get ready as Festival Expo 2014 introduces you to a growing number of women innovators who are spearheading efforts to create exciting ways to inspire the next generation of female scientists and engineers! This includes designing STEM-inspired toys for young girls, immersing them in positive experiences that dispel the ¨nerd¨ stereotype that STEM-motivated females often…

No doubt, extreme sports – ranging from competitive big-wave surfing and downhill skiing to the rigors of the Ironman Triathlon – represent some of the most challenging, intense and risky undertakings around. Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look this April at how some of the world’s most daring X-athletes use principles of science to achieve their amazing feats…

It’s Okay to Be Smart – And Cool – About Science!

Sometimes students get the wrong message from peers: that it is not cool to be smart in science and other STEM disciplines. But biologist Joe Hanson has a more positive signal that he likes to send to kids – in fact the name of his popular science show on YouTube (via PBS Digital Studios) says…

Mike Rowe “Putting Skills Back in STEM” at the Expo!

A big thanks to Mike Rowe for taking time out of his very busy schedule to share his enthusiasm for the USA Science & Engineering Festival! Mike Rowe will give a keynote address and host a panel discussion at the Expo surrounding the topics of skilled trades/alternative education and STEM. Mike will also host the first…