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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…

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…

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…

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…

‘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…