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Northrop Grumman Foundation Gives a Unique Look at NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

True to its mission of helping to advance STEM education in dynamic ways, the Northrop Grumman Foundation, a major sponsor of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, will take visitors up close and personal this April with one of the most ambitious projects today in space science: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. At Festival Expo 2014, get…

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.…

USA Science & Engineering Festival X-STEM Speaker renowned aviator Barrington Irving sums up his current mission as a role model this way: “Kids want to be challenged, but today too many are bored and uninspired. I want to use aviation to excite and empower a new generation to become scientists, engineers, and explorers.” He has…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Peggy Whitson!

Peggy Whitson — NASA Astronaut and Biochemist We continue to recognize 50 Years of Women in Space with STEM Role Model Peggy Whitson. Peggy Whitson grew up on a farm in Iowa with big dreams of becoming a NASA Astronaut. She was the first female commander of the International Space Station and a veteran of…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Kalpana Chawla!

Kalpana Chawla — Aerospace Engineer, NASA Astronaut Born in the small town of Karnal, India, she became hooked on flight when she took her first plane ride in a small craft through the local flying club. Kalpana Chawla would later become a certified FAA flight instructor, a talented aerospace engineer, and a NASA astronaut. She…

Spotlight on Pluto by Science Author Dr. Fred Bortz

Today’s  guest blog post is by Featured Science Author Dr. Fred Bortz Tune in Thursday, June 13th on our Facebook page at 10 am EST to discuss this post with Dr. Bortz!  More than ten years after it was posted at  the “Ask Dr. Fred” page “Why Isn’t Pluto a Planet Anymore?” remains by far the…

Role Models in Science & Engineering: X-STEM & Nifty Fifty Speaker Dr. Kathryn Thornton

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is thrilled to introduce our elite group of X-STEM and Nifty Fifty Speakers for the 3rd Festival! In today’s blog we feature Physicist and former NASA Astronaut Dr. Kathryn Thornton! We are excited to announce that Dr. Kathryn Thornton will serve as both an X-STEM and Nifty Fifty Speaker…

TONIGHT- special guests of the First Lady at the State of the Union include USA Science & Engineering Festival X-STEM speaker Bobak Ferdowsi and Nifty Fifty Speaker Jack Andraka!  Bobak Ferdowsi- referred to as NASA’s “Mohawk Guy” is a flight director at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In addition to his inspiring day-to-day work on the Mars Curiosity…

Earth Day 2012 Finds Kids Ready to Do Their Part, Says Author Seymour Simon

By Larry Bock Founder and Organizer, USA Science & Engineering Festival Planet Earth — that fragile blue marble in space that we call home — deserves better from all of us, I think we would agree. And for good reason. With such issues as energy, pollution, conservation and sustainability, and climate becoming rising worldwide concerns,…

Tinker and Change the World

By Larry Bock Founder and organizer, USA Science & Engineering Festival Tinkering — that hands-on, garage-based tradition which sparked inventions ranging from the airplane and electric light bulb to the Apple computer — is making a comeback among average Americans, promising to change our lives for the better on several fronts. Known by such monikers…