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Sign up to Learn All About the Exciting Plans for the 2nd Finale Expo!  

Exhibitors and potential Exhibitors - Join us for an informational Webinar that will outline the plans for the upcoming 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival Finale Expo. The Expo is scheduled to kick off with a special "Sneak Peek" school field trip day on Friday, April 27th, 2012 and continue with exciting activities and events through Sunday, April 29th to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and other venues in the Nation's capital. 

Space is limited to 25 participants per call, so SIGN UP now  for one of the scheduled Webinar dates below by filling out a short online registration form here:https://scholarnexus.wufoo.com/forms/exhibitor-webinar-signup-form/ 


You will receive a confirmation and dial-in information/instructions after you have registered.   


Webinar Dates for Exhibitors:

Thursday, April 14, 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET 

Thursday, April 21, 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET

Thursday, April 28, 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET  


If you haven't signed up as an exhibitor yet, and would like to, we invite you to submit an application to exhibit now! Additional questions? Contact Lauren Raymond.




Volunteer Info and Training Sessions - Sign up Now to Participate!

volunteers with signsCalling all Volunteers in the DC, Virginia and Maryland areas...we are looking for volunteers to share the exciting Festival opportunities with their schools, libraries, companies, communities and organizations. If you have an interest in volunteering or have signed up to volunteer, we invite you to participate in our Volunteer Outreach Information and Training Session.  


Sign up now for one of the two sessions we have planned:


May 1, 3:00 - 5:00 PM ET (DC) or  

May 2, 6:00-8:00 PM ET (DC suburbs)  


For more information and to SIGN UP online go to: https://scholarnexus.wufoo.com/forms/volunteer-outreach-information-session-training/  


Learn about the festival plans and come home with literature to share! The volunteer commitment can be as simple as bringing postcards to your group, or reaching out to new groups and giving presentations, all depending on your level of interest.  Everyone is welcome!  Come by even if you only want to see what we are planning.     


U.S. and Overseas Schools and Institutions, Get Your Science Event on Our Global Map: Host a Satellite Event or Affiliate Festival

Can't come to DC but want to be part of the largest celebration of science in the US? Host an event or Festival in your community and put it on our global map!


Whether you are an outreach organization, student club, school, university, museum, community organization or company in the U.S. or overseas, why not put on your own celebration of science or engineering the same month that hundreds of thousands of people will be celebrating the wonders of science and innovation at the Festival's Expo in Washington, D.C.?  

Satellite Events Map

In 2010, we had over 80
Satellite Events across the nation

Our goal is to have hundreds of Satellite Events and Affiliate Festivals throughout the country and around the world anchored to the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo to be held in April 2012. You can make your Satellite Event or Affiliate Festival as small or as big as you want. The important thing is that it is free and open to the general public, fun and educational! So get your event on our global map today!


What's the difference between a Satellite Event and an Affiliate Festival? While Satellite Events take place during the month of April 2012 and are typically smaller in nature, Affiliate Festivals take place any time of year and are larger, multi-day festivals with a regional emphasis.


To get your ideas flowing, here are just a few examples from last year:


In Iowa, Moms got a well-deserved Night Out, learning about science & engineering, with babysitting services provided! With two locations and over 12,000 attendees, the first New Jersey Science & Engineering Festival was a huge success! The first North Carolina Science Festival engaged nearly 100,000 people in the excitement and joy of science through over 400 events that took place across the state from September 11-26, 2010. In San Diego, kids got to explore the kelp forest at the Ocean Discovery Institute. View last year's Satellite Event map to see all of the exciting events which took place!


Adding your event to the directory and map is easy: Even if you don't yet know all your event details, simply

fill out our online form to let us know about your event. Once approved, we will provide you with a link to add your event information to the map and directory. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Announcing the 2012 Kavli "Save the World Through Science & Engineering" Video Contest

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The Kavli Foundation is challenging Grades 6-12 students to brainstorm and share their ideas for saving our world through science and engineering. We are asking students to use their imaginations and investigative skills to tackle global challenges, explore new frontiers, and to discover and discuss the inventions that will help mankind and improve life on our planet.

Students worldwide are invited to submit entries to the 2012 video contest, with cash awards and prizes for the top entries. The best videos will be shown at the Festival Expo during April 27-29, 2012, where hundreds of thousands of science fans are expected to gather in Washington, D.C. The first place winner will also receive a travel stipend to attend the Expo. The contest will open Oct 1, 2011 and close Mar. 2012.  


To learn more Click Here.


Brilliant Science Author Carl Zimmer Chosen as Featured Author in Book Fair   

ZimmerIntriguing, thoughtful, precise, engrossing are just a few words which are regularly used to describe renowned science author and journalist, Carl Zimmer.  This esteemed author has two new books to offer at our Book Fair: "A Planet of Viruses" (a fascinating book delving into the hidden world of viruses) and "Science Ink" (a coffee table book showcasing scientists tattoos).  



To find excerpts and reviews of Carl's books and an archive of his articles, go to


Authors sought for  

USA Science and Engineering Book Fair

USA Science & Engineering Festival is seeking authors for our groundbreaking Book Fair.  Selected authors will be given an hour to discuss their book with question and answers followed by a book-signing at our Book Fair.


Authors & Publishers - submit your books to http://www.usasciencefestival.org/2012festival/submit-a-book 



"Nifty Fifty (times 2)" Continues Building Momentum for the 2nd Festival

Our goal for the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival is to double the number of participating Nifty Fifty speakers to 100 so that more classrooms can experience these renowned experts...and we are more than halfway there! Festival Partners: Please help us reach 100 Nifty Fifty speakers and nominate a scientist, engineer or related professionals to be considered for this elite cadre of professionals. 


Here's a "sneak peek" at some of the exciting NF that have been selected thus far:

Natalie Angier

Natalie Angier

She won a Pulitzer Prize for her lucid, fascinating science writing, and now discover what drives her in her prolific journalistic career to improve science literacy through her work.     



Eben BayerEben Bayer

Learn from this young innovator how bubble wrap and Styrofoam are about to become obsolete if he has anything to do with it  -- he's created a new eco-friendly material made from mushrooms that is replacing traditional product packaging.



April CroxtonApril Croxton, Ph.D.

Hear the savvy advice that this NOAA marine biologist has for young students who aspire to enter the field of science. Her words of wisdom certainly worked for her on the road to career success.

John GrunsfeldJohn Mace Grunsfeld, Ph.D.

Learn first-hand from this five-time Space Shuttle crew member  what goes on at liftoff and in other critical areas of a Shuttle mission! 



Heather KnightHeather Knight

Delve into the futuristic world of social robotics with this innovative graduate student who is developing robots that perform stand-up comedy, home companionship and other social interaction! 


Alan MccormackAlan McCormack, Ph.D.

Discover how this veteran educator and president of the National Science Teachers Association is using magic presentations to ignite students' excitement in science!



Marcia McNuttMarcia McNutt, Ph.D.

Discover how only months into her new job as director of the U.S. Geological Survey this noted geophysicist helped deal with the Gulf oil spill, the earthquake in Haiti, and climate change.





Make a Real Impact With Science and Engineering

Dean Kamen, the noted inventor and entrepreneur who founded DEKA Research and Development Corporation and FIRST, likes to remind us: "Get real. You have teenagers thinking they're going to make millions as NBA stars when that's not realistic for even 1 percent of them. Becoming a scientist or engineer is."  In this video clip from the Inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival, he tells why he feels so passionate about motivating the next generation of innovators.

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Dean Kamen's interview on motivating the next generation of innovators

The 2nd USASEF - At A Glance


Association of Science-Technology Centers

(ASTC), an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences, joins the Festival as a Sponsor at the Platinum Level.


An online media forum dedicated to providing business and technology leaders with information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends of today's high-tech economy, has joined the Festival as a Media Partner at the Platinum level.

Dassault Solid Works

A leader in offering complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage data, returns as a Palladium Level Sponsor.

Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers 

Exhibitor at the Inaugural Festival and an organization which provides competitive scholarship programs and opportunities for academically talented males and females to investigate various careers, has become a Titanium Level Sponsor.   




Exhibitors Signing up For Festival!


Here are some of the exciting organizations who have signed up to exhibit at the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Finale Expo!


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Songwriting Contest Open for Submissions  - Submit Your Original Song Today! 


Our Songwriting Contest has begun and we're challenging musicians around the world to submit your original song to the Festival!  Depending on your musical style, you can choose to enter your song into one of the two categories below:


1.Create a song that gets kids (ages 2-10) interested in science or engineering


2.Create a song that shows middle and high-school age students how cool a career in the sciences can be



All genres are welcome: Rock, Pop, Country, Rap, Adult Contemporary, Modern Rock, Jazz, New Age, Opera, etc. You can sing it solo or with your friends, with your choir or band, in unison or harmony, with accompaniment or a cappella, as long as the words and music are your idea and the entire Song is your original idea.


Song Entry Period: March 1 - July 31, 2011


Prize for the 2 winning Songs: $500 each (and knowing that your Song will be heard and sung by hundreds of thousands of science enthusiasts across the country)!


To learn more and submit a song, Click Here!



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