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 celebration of STEM or as we have dubbed it- the Superbowl of STEM! In addition to our Expo Finale weekend, we reached over 180,000 students and teachers with our STEM initiative programs including our Nifty Fifty and X-STEM School Programs.
Numbers of course matter to us, but the feedback from our attendees, performers, sponsors, exhibitors and authors have really given us a reason to celebrate the success of the 3rd Festival. The mission of the USA Science & Engineering Festival is to re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science festival in the United States. We believe that with the help of our sponsors and exhibitors, including our Founding & Presenting Host Lockheed Martin, we achieved our goal. Our email boxes have been flooded and our social media sites are full of thank-you's, congratulations and most importantly, notes from parents telling us how much our Festival inspired their children and possibly initiated a career path in STEM.
If you participated in the Festival then you deserve a pat on the back. Job well done! Please take a few moments to visit our Facebook Page and Twitter feed (follow us @USAScienceFest, #Scifest) to view more pictures and read the comments expressing gratitude from our Festival attendees. Thank you and we hope to see you 2016!