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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…

Coming up at the USA Science & Engineering Festival this Weekend!

Discover the STEM Power of Lockheed Martin at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo in April Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pilot the F-35 or a flying robot? Or how cold it is in Antarctica (a region known as the most frigid place on Earth)? In addition to what the…

‘Humanities Folks’ Need to Pay Attention to STEM, and Vice Versa

Guest Blog by Adora Svitak USA Science & Engineering Festival Youth Advisory Board Member Note: See Adora as part of the Teen Inventors Panel at the Festival on the Lockheed Martin Stage!  When I was little, I hated a lot of things. I refused to practice piano or violin. I didn’t eat my leafy vegetables. But…

Meet Dr. John Sotos from the Festival’s “Getting the Science Right in Hollywood” Panel

Guest blog by Dr. John Sotos Getting the Science Right in Hollywood Panel Member and Book Fair Author at the USA Science & Engineering Festival  I love medicine.  But maybe not for the reasons you think. Most people go into the field desiring to help others.  Not me, at least not at first. Many people go into medicine…

Caterpillar Brings Expertise in STEM and Skilled Trades to Festival 2014 as a Major Sponsor!

Under the theme of “Start Your Journey,” Caterpillar, as a major Festival sponsor and leader in STEM and skilled trades, is set to wow audiences at the Expo this month with a dynamic array of interactive exhibits and presentations designed to demonstrate the breadth of opportunities that exist at Caterpillar and Cat Dealerships around the country in…

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…