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How do Flu Pandemics Start? Learn by “Picking a Giant Nose” at the Festival!

Nose picking is encouraged at the USA Science & Engineering Festival booth of AstraZeneca, and its biologics research and development arm, MedImmune. Visitors to the booth can “pick” a giant nose and learn how flu pandemics start. It’s this type of hands-on science experience that inspires kids to pursue a STEM career. AstraZeneca and MedImmune…

Celebrating African American History Month With Role Models In STEM: Dr. Patricia Bath

As a girl growing up in the 1950s in Harlem, X-STEM Speaker Dr. Patricia Bath became fascinated by newspaper accounts of the humanitarian work of Dr. Albert Schweitzer (who treated lepers in Africa). That, coupled with encouragement and motivation from her family doctor and her parents, fueled her desire to become a physician. She would…

Edison’s Christmas Lights: The Spirit of Innovation Shines On

By USA Science & Engineering Festival Founder Larry Bock Edison´s contribution to those wondrous beacons of the holiday season is a poignant one. On a wintry night during the Christmas season of 1880 — just weeks after introducing his revolutionary invention of the first practical incandescent light — Edison, in a bold move to promote…

Student Reflection of the X-STEM Symposium: High School Senior Connor Smith

By High School Student Connor Smith, who is attending Cornell next year and studying chemistry. The two speakers I enjoyed most at the 2015 X-STEM conference were Andrew Zwicker, a physicist from the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and William Pomerantz, the Vice President of Special Projects at Virgin Galactic. Dr. Zwicker talked primarily about his…

Students Experience the Field Trip of a Lifetime at the X-STEM Symposium!

This past Tuesday, over 3,500 students, in grades 6-12, traveled to the Washington D.C. Convention Center to engage in presentations and hands-on workshops from some of the most creative and inspiring minds in STEM at the 2nd X-STEM Symposium. Sponsored by MedImmune, the X-STEM Symposium featured over 30 speaker presentations from advanced luminaries in STEM…

The Latest Developments in STEMtech

Innovation & Tech Today is a proud media partner of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Committed to celebrating innovation and investing in our future, the USA Science & Engineering Festival perfectly complements the mission of I&T Today. In addition to covering the Festival in Washington D.C. in 2016, I&T Today is increasing STEM coverage…

The Quest for Truth: What Scientists can Learn by Observing Nature

Guest Blog by USA Science & Engineering Festival X-STEM Speaker Louie Schwartzberg Albert Einstein remarked, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” He knew something that many scientists and engineers overlook in their quest for truth: nature holds the answers we’re seeking! We’re simply here to learn nature’s language and laws and…

Turning STEM Excitement Up a Notch: MedImmune Returns as Sponsor of X-STEM Symposium!

Why can’t we inspire kids to become just as excited about science and engineering as most are about sports and entertainment celebrities? Get ready as MedImmune, the global biopharmaceutical leader which wowed audiences as a major sponsor of the Festival’s X-STEM Symposium last year, returns for Festival 2015 this spring to help answer this key…

Recognizing African American STEM Innovators of the Past and Present, Including Festival Speakers!

In observance of African American History Month in February, the USA Science & Engineering Festival recognizes the accomplishments of African American pioneers and the important role they have played in paving the way for modern-day African American STEM leaders and innovators including Festival X-STEM and Nifty Fifty Speakers. Read full blog 

Spend a Day With Some of the Nation’s Most Exciting Innovators at X-STEM!

As Dean Kamen, inventor of such amazing technologies as the the Segway human transporter and one of the world’s most advanced robotic arm prostheses, often says: “Our nation is enamored with sports and entertainment, but how can we groom kids to become as passionate about innovation?” At the Festival’s fascinating all-day X-STEM Symposium, presented by MedImmune…