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Newsletter No. 18 - June 21, 2010     Forward to a Friend
       Festival Dates:                              Expo Dates:
10/10/10 - 10/24/10          10/23 & 10/24

Kavli Science Video Contest Deadline Extended to August 31!
Is your child attending a science summer camp? Let them know about the video contest! Find out more....

Attention Exhibitors:
Keep an eye out for another email with lots of details about the Expo this week, including upcoming conference calls to ask questions, information on your booth location etc. And don't forget: the deadline to submit your handouts and materials for approval is June 30! Please email pdfs or jpgs to

New Teacher Video Contest Announced
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Who Is Your Favorite
Scientist or Engineer of All Time and Why?

Tell us now and we will turn your answers into a beautiful Word Cloud! Deadline to submit is June 30. See the results in the next newsletter!

A wonderful Wordle based on the USA Science & Engineering Festival homepage. Now we want you to get involved...
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Over the next few months, we will create multiple "Word Clouds" aka "Wordles" showcasing your answers to questions relating to science & engineering.  On October 23, Satellite Event attendees around the nation will participate in a nationwide Wordle: see it change on our website as people enter their answers! is toy to create beautiful word clouds from text. The word clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the text. So the name of the scientist or engineer entered most frequently will appear the largest...
Here's what you can do next:
* Submit your answer by June 30 to have it included in the first Wordle!
* Help us spread the word:
- Forward the question and link to your friends or post it on Facebook.

- Collect your students' answers and enter them into the form.
*Have ideas for questions we should ask the nation? Submit them here.

To find our more about Wordles and to create your own word clouds, go to

"Whatever is worth saying can be stated in fifty words or less" - Stan Ulam, World-Famous Mathematician
A Dream Festival Partner:
University of Maryland, College Park

Participating significantly at virtually every level of the USA Science & Engineering Festival - from start to finish - the University of Maryland, College Park is recognized as a "Dream Festival Partner."

In addition to serving as a valued Festival Sponsor, the university will host the Festival's opening and closing ceremonies, and will also participate in Nifty Fifty speaking sessions at schools, Lunch with a Laureate brown bag meetings, and in the Festival's exciting Expo exhibits and stage performances at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
UM President C.D. Mote, Jr.
University of Maryland President C.D. Mote, Jr.

"The University of Maryland is committed to inspiring and recruiting the brightest minds to STEM fields," says UM President C.D. Mote, Jr., who serves on the Festival's Advisory Board. "Events like the USA Science & Engineering Festival go a long way in capturing the imaginations of young people, helping them to experience how thrilling science and engineering can be."

With its high-profile involvement in the event from beginning to end, the university is aptly being called the "Bookends of the Festival."

"Our de
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ep involvement with the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival is testament to the high priority we at Maryland place on sharing our knowledge and passion with young minds and the general public through exciting, hands-on outreach programs in science that intrigue, educate, and inspire," says astrophysicist Mattthew Bobrowsky, who directs Maryland's Physics Lecture-Demonstration Facility and serves as a Nifty Fifty speaker.

Here's a brief look at key roles the University of Maryland, College Park will play in the Festival:
  • The Powers of Ten: Hosted by the university at its beautiful Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, this majestic choral presentation directed by celebrated British composer David Haines (the "Science Musician"), will kick off the Festival in grand style on 10/10/10 with an array of inspiring science-themed songs performed by choirs and singers from schools and community groups.
  • Lunch with a Laureate:  In a session this October, sponsored by the University of Maryland, Nobel laureate William Phillips will speak at Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg, MD.  Dr. Phillips received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997.  Also participating will be Nobel laureate Dr. John Mather, a NASA scientist and adjunct professor of physics at the university.
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  • Nifty Fifty:  In addition to astrophysicist Matthew Bobrowsky, other Nifty Fifty speakers from the University of Maryland include theoretical physicist James Sylvester Gates, and mathematician Konstantina Trivisa.
  • Exhibits: A total of 18 interactive, hands-on exhibits will be sponsored by the university at the Expo, exploring fascinating areas of science and technology - from how electric guitars produce  sound to the latest on deadly microbes, and how robotics are used to perform neurosurgery.
  • Stage Shows: The university will sponsor four exciting stage shows, including its renowned "Physics Is Phun" program, guaranteed to wow you with engaging experiments involving illusions, sound, light, energy, electricity, and electromagnetism.
  • Sponsor Thank You Event:  The university will host the Sponsor Thank You Event on October 25th.
We thank the University of Maryland, College Park and our other valued Sponsors as they join us in our goal of inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers!
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ng the Way' with the 2010
PLTW Innovation Summit

Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a USA Science & Engineering Festival Partner, is bringing together some of the best and brightest minds in the STEM community for its 2010 PLTW Innovation Summit.  The Summit takes place October 20-22 in Washington, DC, in conjunction with our Festival on the National Mall.  PLTW's Innovation Summit is a great opportunity to learn about STEM education best practices and interact with some of the nation's leading STEM educators and advocates.
The Summit will bring together STEM-related industry representatives, public and private educational agencies, philanthropic organizations and a wide cross-section of the greater STEM community to investigate, ideate and ultimately to ignite STEM education through imagination and innovation.  The Summit is structured as a collaborative three-day forum, featuring visionary keynote speakers, in-depth panel discussions, hands-on breakout sessions and award-winning student project displays.

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PLTW's STEM education program has been extremely successful in engaging students in innovation and preparing them for college and career success in STEM-related fields.  As you make your plans for the USA Science Festival in October, consider arriving a few days early for the PLTW Innovation Summit.  It will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about how your community can further inspire the next generation of innovators.
For more information on the Summit please click here.
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Agilent's Festival Exhibit 

Agilent is excited to host an exhibit featuring a "mystery solving" theme. This is your chance to don a lab coat, examine evidence and use hands-on testing techniques to solve a mystery. Support for events that engage and inspire students in science is one of the ways that we at Agilent invest in everyone's future. 
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Darlene Soloman (real 1) - Agilent CTO - June 21st Newsletter

"Excellence in science education is crucial to worldwide progress and continual improvement in quality of life," said Darlene Solomon, Ph.D., Agilent chief technology officer.  "By highlighting what's cool about science  and engineering, the USA Science & Engineering Festival provides opportunities for students to explore interesting careers and discover new areas that intrigue them. 

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In keeping with the company's focus of "Inspiring the Scientists and Engineers of Tomorrow," the Agilent exhibit will feature two enjoyable and exciting, age appropriate, hands-on science activities. Younger students play the role of a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) detective and solve a "Who Wrote the Ran som Note" mystery using paper chromatog raphy. Older students act as a petroleum engine er and  investigate what materials might contain and clean up a simulated oil spill.  Agilent scientists will be available to answer questions from adults and students about the analytical measurement tools and technologies that are changing the way we understand the world.

The company's three primary measurement businesses -- electronics, chemical analysis and life sciences -- supported by the Agilent Research Laboratories, provide products to meet quality-of-life challenges of today and tomorrow.  For example, Agilent's chemical analysis products help keep air, water and food clean and safe. Our advanced electronic sources and analyzers enable next-generation mobile communications that stream YouTube videos to cell phones, and life sciences technologies advance better understanding and treatment of disease.
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Are You a Great Science Teacher?
Prove It on Video!
Enter the Great Science Teacher Video Contest

Science Teacher Explaining Experiment

Great teachers inspire students to pursue a higher education in science and engineering. They communicate difficult concepts with ease.  And they make science fun. Are you a great teacher?

Can you explain the photoelectric effect so that students really get it?  Or have you got the perfect experiment to demonstrate Newton's 3rd Law?  Wouldn't it be great to share those lessons with the entire nation?  Well, here is your chance. 

Simply shoot a video of your lesson and submit it to the USA Science & Engineering Festival.  Winners will receive cash and prizes. Winning entries will be shown on the Festival website and on

You give so much and now we're giving back with
$3,500 in cash and prizes.

The Contest

To enter, explain one or more of the following concepts on video:
  • Projectile Motion
  • Circular Motion
  • The General Theory of Relativity
  • Bohr's Model of the Atom
  • The Photoelectric Effect
  • Newton's 3rd Law of Motion
  • An important science topic of your choice
We are looking for short (2-7 minutes) videos that explain one of these science concepts.  Entries will be judged on how well they convey the concept, your communication style including visual aids, and how well you inspire students to learn more. 

Be fun, be creative, be you!

Sponsored by, the contest opens on July 1, 2010 and closes on October 21, 2010.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity click here.

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