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Announcing the 2nd  

USA Science & Engineering Festival!

The 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival kicks off with nationwide contests and school programs throughout 2011 and culminates with a Finale Expo in the Spring of 2012 in Washington, DC. We invite you to join in the nation's largest celebration of science by visiting our website and learning how YOU can get involved now! Please stay tuned for exact dates and locations to be announced shortly.

They're Back! Lockheed Martin Returns as Host Sponsor of 2nd Festival

Article 1 Photo 2012Building upon the expertise and enthusiasm Lockheed Martin (LMCO) brought as Host Sponsor of last year's Inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival, the Bethesda, MD based company is returning for a command performance! LMCO has been officially named Host Sponsor for the 2nd Festival, a role in which it will more than triple its commitment. LMCO will head an impressive contingent of other Festival sponsors who will be participating from corporations, government, foundations and individual donors.

Article 1.2 Photo"Lockheed Martin is proud to partner, once again, with Larry Bock on the 2012 Festival. The inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival exceeded our expectations," stated Dr. Ray O Johnson, Lockheed Martin Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He adds, "It was clear from the enthusiastic participation of the tens of thousands of students who crowded the National Mall that these same students will someday provide innovative solutions to our most difficult challenges."

As testament, check out this cool Lockheed Martin and other videos recapping last year's Expo by Clicking Here!

If you're interested in joining the Festival as a Sponsor, check out our new Sponsor Benefits and contact us to get involved!

Changes to 2012 Expo: Event Expands to 3 Days and Will be Held in Spring -

Get Involved Now!  

Expo DCAlthough dates and specific venues in Washington, DC are still being finalized, the Expo will be held in the spring (instead of the fall like last year) to increase school participation and to encourage attendance by tourists visiting the area. The Expo will also expand from 2 to 3 days to include a "Sneak Peek Friday," allowing students from under-served schools and U.S. Government representatives from the House, Senate, White House and government agencies to visit the event in advance.

In addition, the entire Expo will be held in one contiguous venue in Washington to further enhance logistics and accessibility to all activities.

Are you interested in becoming an Expo exhibitor or performer for 2012? If so, check out our Exhibitor Sign-up page and Performer Sign-up page.

DON'T DELAY! Our exhibitor spaces "closed out" 6 months in advance last year, so we don't want you to miss out.

Going Global: 2012 Festival Expo Reaches Out Worldwide for Exhibitors!

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No matter which language you say it in, the 2012 Science & Engineering Festival is extending a hearty "welcome" to nations around the globe to participate in the Festival's exciting 3-day Finale Expo.

Adding an international component to the USA Science & Engineering Festival not only allows us to share with students and others the innovative developments in science and engineering taking place in other countries, it also communicates a growing fact: the world is truly a close-knit community that depends on, and contributes to, technological innovation.

The Festival is currently seeking input from foreign embassies around the world with cutting-edge scientific developments taking place in their respective countries - advancements that might make stimulating exhibits for the Expo. If you have embassy contacts in this regard, contact Larry Bock.

Call for Volunteers   

Volunteers will be an essential part in making the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo a huge success.Volunteers

We need volunteer help in areas like recruiting new exhibitors, sponsors and media partners, working on various Festival outreach channels and staffing Festival events.  See a full list of opportunities and sign up here now!

Space Travel: A Look Into the Future With the 'Science Guy'

bill nyeHave you always wondered about the future of space travel and the role of engineering in spacecraft design? Get clued in by Bill Nye, the "Science Guy" in this insightful video from last year's Expo as Nye opines on solar-powered space vehicles and other exciting developments. Check out other exciting interviews with STEM Leaders at the 2010 Festival, brought to you by Media Partner Engineering.com.

2nd Festival At a Glance

Festival Crowd with CapitolNorthrop Grumman Foundation, a leading provider of unique education experiences related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for students and teachers, becomes a Nobelium Level Sponsor, doubling their Sponsor commitment.

Popular Science, a leading source of science and technology news since its inception in 1872, returns to the Festival as a Media Partner at the Nobelium Level.

Scientific American, the highly regarded and oldest continuously published magazine in the US, returns to the Festival as a Media Partner at the Nobelium Level.

New Scientist, a leading weekly international science magazine and online media source launched in 1956, returns to the Festival as a Media Partner at the Nobelium Level.

EE Times, a global leader in media and marketing solutions for the electronics industry, returns to the Festival as a Media Partner at the Nobelium Level.

Larry and Diane Bock, a dedicated and well-known San Diego based science education foundation, returns to the Festival as an Einsteinium Level Sponsor.
Festival Photo w FranklinThe National Institutes of Health (NIH), the primary agency of the US government responsible for biomedical and health-related research, becomes an Einsteinium Level Sponsor, doubling their Sponsor commitment. 

The Farrell Family Foundation and the ResMed Foundation, whose mission is to promote research and awareness about the importance of sleep and respiratory health throughout the world, are back again as Einsteinium Level Sponsors.


Engineering.com, the ultimate online resource for engineers, returns as a Media Partner at the Einsteinium Level, doubling their outreach commitment.

C&EN, the newsmagazine of the chemical & related sciences, returns as a Media Partner at the Einsteinium Level, doubling their outreach commitment.

American Scientist/Sigma Xi, an award-winning magazine of science and technology published by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, joins the Festival as a Media Partner at the Krypton Level, doubling their outreach commitment.

CrazyEngineers, a world class online community of engineers from over 180 countries, joins the Festival as a Media Partner at the Krypton Level, doubling their outreach commitment.

LEGO Education, which offers unique solutions to day care professionals and teachers who want to bring more innovation and creativity to their classroom practice, joins as a new Krypton Level Sponsor.

Physics Today, the flagship publication of The American Institute of Physics, the most influential physics magazine in the world, returns to the Festival as a Media Partner at the Krypton Level.

The Kavli Foundation, dedicated to advancing and promoting science for the benefit of humanity, returns as a Krypton Level Sponsor.

StargazeCelestron, a leader in providing high-quality optical products, joins as a Platinum Level Sponsor and commits to organize an expanded version of the popular Star Gazing night. Last year's Star Party had over one thousand attendees.

Baxter International Inc., a leader in healthcare for more than 75 years, returns to the Festival as a Platinum Level Sponsor.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a global biotechnology company with activities spanning the length of the pharmaceutical product pipeline, from target identification through to clinical trials and marketing, returns to the Festival as a Platinum Level Sponsor.

MedImmune, a leading Maryland-based biotechnology development enterprise, returns to the Festival as a Platinum Level Sponsor.

Destination DC, the leading organization in the DC travel and tourism sector, returns as a Palladium Level Sponsor, also committing as official tourism information site for the Festival.

Celebrate Science TshirtThe Aerospace Corporation, a leader in providing information on launch vehicles, satellite systems, ground control systems, and space technology, returns to the Festival as a Titanium Level Sponsor.

Data.gov, a flagship of the Open Government Initiative, designed to facilitate access to Federal datasets that increase public understanding of Federal agencies, returns to the Festival as a Titanium Level Sponsor.

DeVry University, a premiere school with more than 90 campuses throughout North America and confers degrees in technology, science, business, arts and management, returns to the Festival as a Titanium Level Sponsor.

Lauren Raymond joins Larry Bock, Ruth Kiefer and LRthe Festival Team in organizing the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival. As a Co-Director, Lauren will continue managing the Nifty Fifty Program, and in addition is responsible for coordinating Festival programs, recruiting partners and exhibitors, creating communications, and managing special projects. She can be reached at lauray7@gmail.com.

Three New Members Added to Festival Advisory Board:


James Dinegar, President and CEO of the Washington Board of Trade

GedmarkJohn Gedmark, Founding Executive Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

HayesJohn Hayes, Founder and CEO of Engineering.com

Festival/Lockheed Martin Partnership Selected as Finalist in Prestigious CSR Awards

Hand ShakeAs we at the Festival have known all along: There's power in corporate partnerships. And it's extra nice to get recognized for it!

The USA Science & Engineering Festival, together with Lockheed Martin, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious PR News Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards in the competition's Nonprofit/Corporate Partnership Category.  The Festival and Lockheed Martin were chosen for their highly successful partnership in directing the 2010 Inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival: Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators event in which Lockheed Martin served as Lead Sponsor.

We are extremely excited and honored to have been selected as a finalist for this noted award - an amazing accomplishment in the inaugural year of the Festival. This nomination speaks to the dedicated contributions by all partners and sponsors in making this event such a smashing success in 2010! The awards will be presented March 8 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. 

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