We are excited to share the news that the 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo Map is out! The Festival will run from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, April 28th and from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 29th. We will also host free evening shows including the Stargazing Party and our Featured Author Panel Discussion both on Saturday night. The "Largest Celebration of Science" will take place this year in Washington, DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
The Festival is packed with entertainment for the whole family with 3,000 exhibits and over 150 stage shows. We are thrilled to offer extraordinary hands on activities at the exhibits plus an amazing line up of science celebrities and authors will fill our Festival stages! We have finalized all of the presentation show dates, times and stages so that you may plan ahead to make your Festival experience that much more enjoyable.
Do you want to be entertained by the famous duo Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from The Mythbusters? Check them out on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 on the Curie Stage. Are you a fan of Bill Nye the Science Guy? You can see Bill Nye on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 on the Curie Stage. You can have the experience of a lifetime listening to the incredible innovators Elon Musk, George Whitesides and Richard Garriott early Saturday evening at 5:00 also on the Curie Stage. The Icons Legend will help you to choose the stage shows to explore with symbols such as little kids, explosive, music, celebrity and magic!
Our Book Fair stages have been categorized by genre including Teen Non Fiction, Family Science and Hands on Science. Take a look at the map to plan out which Featured Author Presentations with free book signings you would like to visit such as bestselling author of Crater, Homer Hickam or Physicist and author of Knocking on Heaven's Door, Lisa Randall.
Traveling to the Festival with young children? Be sure to visit our very own replica of the Magic School Bus featuring character actresses playing Ms. Frizzle. PBS Kids will also be at the Festival to thrill your budding scientists! And you cannot miss the 2012 National Robot Fest & DIY Expo located in Hall B! Our Meet the Scientists/Engineers in the Career Pavilion is a great place for high school students to explore various careers in science and engineering. Every hour students can conduct in-person interviews with scientists and engineers from different disciplines.
Our map legend makes it simple for you to explore the Festival with symbols for exhibits, stage shows, first aid stations, restrooms and numbers for our major exhibitors. You can also collect your "Festival Stamps" on the Expo Map. Collect stamps when you complete at least 10 exhibits from any of the thematic tracks and then visit the National Academics Exhibit to enter a prize drawing!