|Newsletter No. 14 - April 19, 2010 |
Festival Dates: Expo Dates:
10/10/10 - 10/24/10 10/23 & 10/24
Teachers and Principals: Apply NOW to host a Nifty Fifty speaker at your school. Application Deadline is May 31. View Speaker Bios Here. Go straight to the application form.
New Contest for middle and high-school students launched:
Design a Sustainable Dream House and Win a Trip to the Expo.
In partnership with AAEE. Read more...
Help us Select the Festival Jingle. Listen and vote below...
Free Teacher Workshop this weekend: Learn how to integrate the Rubik's Cube into your math lessons. Find out more...
Festival Adds SchoolTube as Media Partner, Enhancing Goals of Video Contest
SchoolTube.com, the nation's largest website where teachers and students can share fun and educational videos in a safe environment, has joined the USA Science & Engineering Festival as a Media Partner.
In addition to spreading the word among its audience about the Festival's exciting agenda, SchoolTube will showcase the winning entries from the "Why Science is Cool" video contest that the Festival is sponsoring with The Kavli Foundation for K-12 students. Winning videos will also be linked to the Festival website and featured in our newsletter.
SchoolTube was launched in 2006 and has since become the nation's largest teacher-moderated video sharing website, says Connie Gallagher, SchoolTube's director of Operations & Partnerships. "Our mission is to provide educators and students with a safe and fun video sharing environment to enhance their classrooms and their learning experiences," she says, adding that the website is exclusively approved by several National Education Associations for use in K-12 schools.
Combining the strengths of SchoolTube with those of The Kavli Foundation (a leader in advancing science for the benefit of humanity and promoting increased public understanding of the work of scientists) provides a great opportunity for teachers to use curriculum concepts to encourage students to produce 30 to 90-second videos that are creative and share their love of science with other kids across the nation.
To learn more about the video contest, visit: www.usasciencefestival.org/2010festival/contests/kavli-science-video-contest
Put on Your Environmental Engineering Hat and Design Your Sustainable Dream
The American Academy of Environmental Engineers is challenging middle and high-school students to design a residential home that a family of four could comfortably live while taking advantage of sustainable design concepts such as energy efficiency, reusable natural resources, the sun and much more.
The top winner in each category will get a chance to present their submittal in Washington, D.C. during the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall, October 23 and 24, 2010. The AAEE will sponsor one child representative, one school representative, and one parent from the winning submittal. Winners will be invited to attend the Expo on the Mall along with their projects and be prepared to explain their work and answer questions from the people passing by and participating in the Expo.Click here to find out more!
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|Get Ready - An Exciting Array of Pre-Expo Events are Headed Your Way|
Check it out! An impressive lineup of Festival events is emerging,
all leading up to the Expo celebration. Here's a rundown of just some events you can expect in October:
Manya: A Living History of Marie CurieThis one-woman drama by storyteller Susan Marie Frontczak exposes the struggles and triumphs of Marie Curie -an academically impassioned, vehemently private, fervently Polish scientist, mother, and teacher, and discoverer of radium and radioactivity. From the political oppression of her childhood, to scientific emergence and fame to the tragedy that forced her into single motherhood as well as further world prominence, this is a life that challenges our assumptions about what one person can achieve and the responsibilities of science. This performance will be held at the National Museum of Health and Medicine on October 21, 7-9pm.
Tour of Carnegie Laboratories
See how scientists conduct earth and space research during this family open house hosted by Carnegie Institution for Science
In this exciting workshop for children and family (led by chemist Mark Thorne), discover the magic of creating beautiful "chemistry flowers" out of black ink and water, and join in some "slime making" fun! Hosted by the National Children's Museum.
Math Walking Tour
Join mathematician Glen Whitney, founder of the Math Factory, on this engaging and insightful walking tour to discover math concepts and principles in some of the most astonishing places. His "Math in the Streets" tours are a big hit in New York City, and now he's bringing the fun to Washington DC! Find out more.
Further details on events will be on our online Events Calendar in September. Are you a Partner planning a pre-Expo event? Let us know.
Help us Choose the Festival Jingle!
Vote by May 12
Songs and jingles about the USA Science & Engineering Festival? You bet! And so many good ones, that we can't make up our minds! We need your help to choose the winning jingle!
Simply click on the links below - this will take you to youlisten.com, where you will have to click "play" once the jingle has loaded. Repeat for all 7 and then click here to vote. Some of the submissions don't include the words "USA Science & Engineering Festival" - we have still included them here because we like the feel of the song - if you like them, too, don't let the lyrics keep you from voting for them (we can always ask the composer to fix that later).
Here are our top 7 choices (in no particular order), selected from nearly 100 submissions:
A - Ryan Miyakawa
Come and play at the USA Science and Engineering Festival!
B - Larry Morris aka Professor Boggs
C - Keith Harrison
Have you ever wanted to know what makes the world go?
D - Nicole Christensen
Are you curious about science?
E - Daniel Rubalsky
The Science Festival is coming
F - Nancy Huddleston
There is so much to do and the scientist is you
G - Monty Harper
In Washington D.C. - that's where I will be
Click here to vote for your favorites
Thank you to all musically inclined science enthusiasts for writing these wonderful songs! We heard a lot of really good songs and jingles, and had a really hard time selecting the top 7.
The winner will be announced in our next newsletter!
|New Nifty Fifty Speakers Added:|
Know a Teacher? Let them know that they can now apply to host one of these outstanding speakers:
Gary Machlis, science advisor, National Park Service, unveils the treasure trove of science that awaits students during their next visit to the nation's National Parks.
Mary Snitch, national president, ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation, tells students how she uses her expertise in business administration and policy making in the aerospace industry.
Richard Boyd, chief architect, Lockheed Martin Virtual World Labs, and David Smith of Lockheed Martin team up for a joint talk to students about the exciting fields of computer gaming and robotics and the pioneering roles they both played in developing this technology.
We only have a few spots left. Nominate your speaker now.
Click here for more information on all the Nifty Fifty Speakers.
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