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USA Science & Engineering Festival Announces 2016 Event Dates and Plans for Expanded Outreach

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is proud to announce the return of Lockheed Martin as its 2016 Founding and Presenting Host and expanded outreach activities to engage our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). “The USA Science & Engineering Festival provides an essential introduction and gateway to the exciting world of STEM,”…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Visit the National Science Foundation and Friends Pavilion at the Expo!

The National Science Foundation returns to sponsor the USA Science & Engineering Festival and will showcase an incredible group of exhibits at the NSF and Friends Pavilion! Visit the National Science Foundation’s exhibit area to explore tsunami waves, mind control, robots, spiders, cranberry acids, crazy physics experiments and more! Stage performances, a wearable tech fashion show and…

Science Buddies Joins the Festival as a Major Sponsor!

You’ve heard the saying: Science is truly all around us. Get ready to discover how accurate this maxim really is as Science Buddies, an award-winning, non-profit resource in STEM for students, joins the USA Science & Engineering Festival as a major sponsor. Moreover, don’t miss Science Buddies’ exciting, hands-on exhibits for kids at the Festival Expo, which…

Spotlight on X-STEM Speaker Dr. Joe Schwarcz!

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the science of the paranormal from X-STEM Speaker Dr. Joe Schwarcz at the X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium on April 24 ! Hear from this noted professor of chemistry from Canada’s McGill University and how he uses his multi-faceted skills as a chemical scientist, magician, author, food expert and…