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

Celebrate Science:
Don't miss the Expo on the National Mall

October 23 and 24, 2010, 10am-5:30pm
Over 1500 hands-on science and engineering activities
More than 50 stage shows on four stages
A free event for all ages

You should have received an email with your booth location. If you did not, contact
USA Festival Circle LogoCheck out the NEW Festival Website! Same address, new exciting features!

With the Festival quickly approaching, we've debuted a new look to our website. View all exhibits and stage shows, print your Expo map, view the pre-Expo event calendar...Teachers, check out our Teacher Resources page, and much more...Check it out!

Pre-Expo events are now posted on our Online Calendar - while free of charge, many require pre-registration because seating is limited. Register now!
Seeking MCs for Expo Stages!Emcee Clip Art
Are you a budding Ryan Seacrest? Here is your big opportunity!
We are stilling seeking a few more MCs for our Expo stages on October 23-24th.

Interested? Contact Larry Bock at

An Added Treat for Festival-Goers:
AAAS to Hold 'Meet the Scientists'
Stage Presentations at Expo

The already stellar lineup of Expo presentations at the USA Science & Engineering Festival this October just got even better!

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a major Festival partner, will sponsor an extra round of its annual "Meet the Scientists" series at the Festival Expo on the National Mall, October 23-24 -- greatly adding to the range and scope of our Expo celebration.

Since 2008, the "Meet the Scientists" series has been a key component of AAAS's Family Science Days initiative and held each year as part of the organization's Annual Meeting.   "Meet the Scientists"  gives students, parents and others a chance to immerse themselves in interactive science and technology presentations and exhibits, learn about cool science careers and have questions answered by experts convened by AAAS.

The organization will be holding its regularly scheduled "Meet the Scientists" series in February at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.   

However, given the importance of the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival (including the event's exposure to students, parents and the public), AAAS has decided to sponsor an extra series of "Meet the Scientists" just for the Expo.

The series will featuAAAS Image 2re an exciting array of stage show presentations - from Mars exploration to enhancing students' skills in math and science using hip hop and video games -- conducted by leading scientific experts.

To accommodate the impressive list of presentations for "Meet the Scientists," AAAS will have its own separate stage, adding to the four stages we already have reserved for other Expo presentations.  

Here is just a sampling of the exciting, interactive AAAS series of events you can expect over the two-day Expo.  (All AAAS "Meet the Scientists" presentations will be held at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium):

  • X-ray Vision: Revealing Ancient Secrets with New Technology -- Uwe Bergmann, Deputy Director, Linac Coherent Light Source, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.  Learn how Dr. Bergmann and his team, using rapid-scan x-ray fluorescence imaging techniques, have brought to life the ancient parchment containing early transcriptions of the mathematical theories by Greek mathematician Archimedes.
  • Hip Hop, Video Games and Math - Juan Gilbert, Professor and Chair, Human-Centered Computing Division, Clemson University.  We all know that the U.S. needs more scientists.  Find out how Dr. Gilbert is using an intriguing combination of hip hop music, video games and other technology to infuse excitement in learning science and math among students, including those from low-income backgrounds.
  • What Does it Mean to be Human? - Rick Potts, Director, Human Origins Program, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  Delve into the ancestral past of humans to discover why our evolution may have been shaped by one of the most unAAAS image 1stable era's in Earth's environmental history.
  • Conserving Endangered Species -Jennifer Mickelberg, Research Fellow, Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Program, Smithsonian National Zoological Park.  Immerse yourself in conservation efforts to preserve a rare species of small monkey called the golden lion tamarin in its only natural habitat, Brazil's Atlantic coastal rainforest.
  • Could We Live on Mars? Why Should We Go There? - James Garvin, Chief Scientist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.  Could there be life on Mars? Learn what the Phoenix Mars Lander project and other ambitious research endeavors are teaching us about the mysterious Red Planet.
  • Virtual Earths: Studying Climate Change with Supercomputers - Keith Dixon, Research Meteorologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Learn how research meteorologists are using state-of-the-art computer models to simulate the Earth's global climate -- past, present, and future.
  • What We Know and Don't Know About Climate Change - J. Marshall Shepherd, Associate Professor, Department of Geography/Atmospheric Sciences Program, University of Georgia.  To better understand the causes and dynamics behind climate change, Dr. Shepherd will discuss the impact that populated urban societies have on Earth systems.
  • The Physics of Superheroes -- James Kakalios, Physics Professor, University of Minnesota, and Science Consultant for Watchmen.  What can such superheroes as Spiderman and the Flash teach us about principles of physics?  You'll be surprised to find out!
  • Searching for New Planets - Paul Butler, Staff Scientist, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science.  Get a rare glimpse into the world of scientists as they search for new planets, exploring which undiscovered stars have planetary systems similar to our Solar System, and how many other types of planetary systems exist.
  • Bird Brains and Human Language - Erich Jarvis, Associate Professor of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center. Learn how cognitively advanced birds are, including learning new and complex vocal skills - leading scientists to believe bird brains often don't  deserve the bad rap they get!

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The videos are in!
Now it's time to vote for your favorite!

The Kavli Video Contest People's Choice Awards!

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Which is the coolest science video? You tell us! Cast your vote now for the Kavli Video Contest People's Choice Award!

Just check out all the great science videos online, and then you rate them! And be sure to give your favorite a 5 stars rating.
Voting for the People's Choice Award is fast and easy !!!

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First, you need to register and log into the SciVee site

Then view all of the Kavli science videos here:

Click the star rating you prefer under each video that you review. A "Thank You for Voting" notice will appear and your vote will
be recorded toward the total for the People's Choice Award. You may only vote once for each video.

Voting will close Sept 15 and your votes will
be tallied then. Winn
students looking at computerers will be notified on or about Sept.20, and the winner will also be announced at the USA Science & Engineering Festival.

So go pop that popcorn, get comfortable, and then go online and
start clicking on those stars! Have fun and thank you for voting. And may the coolest video win!

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A 'Perfect Partner': From Media Exposure to 'Meteorite Men' - The Science Channel to Play Key Role in Festival's Success!

The Science Channel, known for its innovative and stimulating programming that immerses viewers in the incredible possibilities of science, has signed on as a Media Partner for the 2010 Science and Engineering Festival and as an integral participation for other aspects of the event.

As a Media Partner, the Science Channel, through its educator network, will help spread the word about the Festival via on-air and online promotion. The Science Channel (a division of Discovery Communications, Inc.)  will also be an important player in other high-profile Festival endeavors, including sponsoring an exciting array of presentations at the Festival's Expo, hosting a first-rate exhibit at the Festival's upcoming kickoff press conference, and participating in the special "Ambassadors of Science" pre-event gathering at the Smithsonian Museum in days leading up to the Festival.

Its in-depth involvement in the Festival makes the Science Channel a "Perfect Partner" in our efforts to invigorate and motivate the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Adding to the e
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xcitement, Festival goers will also get a chance to see stars from the Science Channel's hit series  "Meteorite Men" and "Head Rush" (appearing at the Expo) and "Mythbusters" (appearing at the upcoming "Ambassadors of Science" pre-event gathering at the Smithsonian).

"We are honored and excited about our involvement with the USA Science and Engineering Festival," says Debbie Myers, general manager and executive vice president of programming for the Science Channel, who will be hosting an exhibit by the Science Channel and Discovery Emerging Networks at the Festival's kickoff press conference September 29 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.

Says Debbie:  "The Science Channel unlocks the passion and wonder we share for our world, and we're delighted to bring this excitement to the Festival.  Whether it is the unknown subcultures of science or the crazy genius who opens our eyes to the unthinkable,  the Science Channel is committed to illuminating the best in story, subject and talent."  

Here is a brief rundown of Science Channel presentations you can catch at the Expo:
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Meteorite Men:  Get up close and personal with the Science Channel's METEORITE MEN as they show the spoils of professional meteorite hunting via meteorites they have collected over the years! Attendees will get a close look at these amazing rocks from outer space.

Head head rushRush: Get the latest on HEAD RUSH, the Science Channel's new commercial-free daily afternoon programming block that allows kids and people of all ages to interact in personal ways with science!

Punkin Chunkin:  Learn about the physics of simple machines in this Punkin Chunkin contest utilizing small, desktop size catapults.

The Hub:  Experience the 12- to 18-foot tall replica of a character from Transformers outside the Science Channel's exhibit booth!

Dean of Invention: Interact with technology from Planet Green's new series DEAN OF INVENTION.  

Discovery 3-D:  View the future power of television with the Discovery Channel in 3D!

We thank the Science Channel and our other valued Sponsors as they join us in our mission of inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers!

Let the countdown begin! Only 30 Days until the 4-H National Youth Science Day on October 6th!

On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, the third annual 4-H National Youth Science Day will bring together hundreds of thousands of youth around the nation to complete a single science experiment. This year, the National Science Experiment, 4-H2O, focuses on water quality and climate change - two critical issues facing our global community today.

4-H2O Experiment Kit: Order by Sept. 20 to Receive in Time for NYSD!
Visit the 4-H Mall to purchase your 4-H2O experiment kits today! To receive your kits in time for 4-H National Youth Science Day on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, make sure to place your order by Monday, September 20, 2010. Kits include enough materials for 15 youth and one facilitator to participate.

Habla español? 4-H2O Experiment Guides Available in Spanish!
Spanish-speaking youth and facilitators can now download translated versions of the 4-H2O experiment facilitator and youth experiment guides. These full-text translations are available in PDF format through the NYSD page only. Registration required.

Hosting a National Youth Science Day event? Tell us about it!
Our 2010 National Event Map is now live on the NYSD page! We want to know the details of your community 4-H National Youth Science Day event!  To promote your efforts locally and nationally, send us the details of your event, including date, location, time, etc. and we will include it on the national NYSD event map (powered by Google).  Details can be emailed to .

Check out the new 4-H2O online game, powered by IBM!
Coming soon-play the new 4-H2O Eco Challenge game sponsored by IBM. This game engages youth in the process of discovering how to make the right choices about water quality and conservation in their neighborhood and town. Will you take the challenge and end up an Eco Defender?

Don't forget! After you complete the experiment head over to our webpage at and be registered to win an iPad when you complete the results gadget!

Check out new materials and free promotional downloads for your National Youth Science Day event at
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