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Newsletter No. 13 - March 30, 2010     Forward to a Friend
       Festival Dates:                              Expo Dates:
10/10/10 - 10/24/10          10/23 & 10/24

Exhibitors: Deadline to submit detailed exhibit info is March 31!!!

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New Date for You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube Workshop for mentors and teachers is May 8! Find out more about the Tournament...
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"Revenge of the Nerds" meets "American Idol":

Online Voting Opens for the Spirit of Innovation Awards
- Winners will showcase projects at Expo

Between March 29th and April 9, twenty-five of the most innovative high school teams from across the country will be vying for your votes. Over the past 6 months, these teams have created innovative products using science, technology, and entrepreneurship to solve some of the grand challenges of the 21st century. From systems that make potable water out of humid air, to robots that assist astronauts in space-walks; from piezo-electric wallpaper, to Navajo Solar "Frybread" ovens. These students are designing the future. Help select the winners of the Spirit of Innovation Awards, sponsored by the Conrad Foundation, by voting online for your favorite teams. The winners will present their projects as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo.

Vote Now!
Voting is open March 29 through April 9th.

The National Science Foundation Is Key Player in USA Science & Engineering Festival

NSF_LogoWe are pleased that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has joined the USA Science & Engineering Festival! NSF is sponsoring exhibits with 15 different organizations for the Festival's EXPO. From the mystery of forensic science and  mechatronics to mobile radar vehicles that track tornadoes, wild fires and hurricanes up close - these hands-on, interactive presentations are sure to wow  students and adults alike.

Partnering with NSF on the Expo exhibits are: the University of Michigan; Polytechnic Institute of New York University; Ohio University; NEEScomm; National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics; Earth Scope National Office (Oregon State University); Center for Severe Weather Research; Center for Nanoscale Systems and Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences and Education; Ohio University and Georgia Institute of Technology; Center for Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research, University of Washington; Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology, University of California Davis; Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, and  Michigan Technological University.

Here's just a sampling of what the exhibits will include:  

Swimming With Robotic Fish
Learn how scientists are exploring the potential use of robotic fish to monitor water quality and as sensor-rich platforms to probe aquatic environments.

Shakin' and Rollin' on the Richter Scale
Build your own building and then test it on shake tables to see how earthquake-resistant it is!

Converting Music into Light
Marvel at seeing" music converted into light, sent down an optical fiber, and then converted back into music. The simple, but very engaging demo shows that optical communication systems can simultaneously carry multiple signals down a single optical fiber and then sort them out after transmission.

You Be the Forensic Scientist
View a mock crime scene and then analyze chemicals, substances, pharmaceuticals and other materials to learn the science behind forensic science!

For more information on these and other exhibits taking place at the Expo, visit the Festival website.

K-12 students: Tell us why Science is Cool!

Enter now for the USA Science & Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Contest! Have your video screened on the National Mall, win prize money and possibly even a trip to the Expo!

Cool Prizes for Cool Videos!
1st prize: $1,000* Video Contest  graphic
(plus a $1,000 travel stipend to travel to Washington DC for the Expo! The Kavli Foundation will be presenting the winner with their award check during a ceremony as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall on October 23 and 24, 2010)
2nd prize: $500*
3rd prize: $250*
People's Choice Award: $250*
*All prize money to go towards science education at the students' school

The contest opens on April 1, 2010 and closes on July 15, 2010.

To find out more about the contest and to submit your registration form go to the Festival website.

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In This Issue
Vote Now for Spirit of Innovation Awards
NSF joins Festival
Kavli Science Video Contest
Festival T-shirts for Sale
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