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 Vol. 2 - No. 6 - May 17, 2011

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Festival Reminders:  

Webinars for Exhibitors 

Exhibitors and potential Exhibitors - if you haven't done so already, join us for an informational Webinar that will outline the plans for the upcoming 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival Finale Expo. SIGN UP now for one of the scheduled Webinar dates below by filling out a short online registration form. You will receive a confirmation and dial-in information/instructions after you have registered. 


Webinar Dates for Exhibitors:

Friday, May 20

Thursday, June 16

Thursday, July 21

* All calls will be held from 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET


Volunteer Info and Training Sessions - Sign up Now!


After two successful May Volunteer Outreach Team meetings, we have two more dates scheduled for June!  To participate on the Volunteer Outreach Team you are asked to talk, email, and/or deliver promotional materials to groups you already belong to.  We are looking to get representatives from every school, community group, library, organization and company in the Washington, DC Metro region.


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


Monday, June 13, 2011  

7:00-9:00pm - Burke Community Library, Burke, VA


Tuesday, June 14, 2011  

5:30-7:30pm - BioPark Life Sciences Conference Center, Baltimore, MD


SIGN UP Now by Clicking Here


The first 1/2 hour of every meeting is a Meet & Greet.  Volunteer meetings will be held monthly at two different locations in the Washington, DC Metro area. 


Help Us Spread the Word: Schools Wanted For Expo Exhibitor Grant Sign Ups!


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Do you know K-12 math, science and engineering teachers in the Greater Washington, DC region (including Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia)?  


We'd like to let them know about the limited number of school exhibitor grants we are offering to assist K-12 classroom students and science and engineering clubs, in creating and conducting exciting, engaging hands-on exhibits for the Festival Expo next spring!


The $250 grants (used to offset  the cost of their exhibit materials and to provide free exhibit space) are going fast!


If you know of those who may be interested, please encourage them to apply today! They can receive more details, including the online application by


Here's a brief look at some of the schools who have received grants and how they will be using theirs to develop exciting interactive experiences for Expo goers next April 27-29 at the Convention Center in DC:


School grant 2Science students from Mt. Calvary Catholic School in Forestville, MD are creating an exhibit that will delve visitors into the high-tech world of Artbotics. In the process Expo goers will learn how a robot can be programmed to be sociable and how to interact with the robot.


Students from the Gems Club at McNair Elementary in Herndon, VA will take visitors on a journey of the inner workings of computers. Gems Club members will serve as expert guides as Expo goers take apart desktops and learn what is inside a computer and how it works.


School grant 3Fingerprinting technology will be the focus of the exhibit for students from the Forensic Club at Northwood High School, Silver Spring, MD. Visitors will practice the art of matching prints using patterns and minutia, and will be provided with a set of their own fingerprints to take home for reference purposes.


National Cathedral School in Washington, DC will also be well-represented as Expo exhibitors. Science students will engage visitors in the wonders of superabsorbent polymers and show several applications of this science, including how such polymers are used to create "instant snow" for movies and for snow bases at ski slopes. Expo-goers will be able to make and take away a sample of "instant snow."


Nifty Fifty (times 2) Quickly Building Momentum for the 2nd USASEF

Here's a "sneak peek" at some of the exciting NF that have been selected in the last couple of weeks:


AnastasPaul Anastas, Ph.D. - He's known as the "Father of Green Chemistry."  Learn of the tireless and groundbreaking efforts of this leading chemist to create a more sustainable society.



 AntoineMiquel Antoine, Ph.D. - Learn how this Johns Hopkins chemist is using the burgeoning field of mass spectrometry to help develop a more rapid method of identifying unknown microbes that could be released during acts of bioterrorism.


AralSinan Aral, Ph.D. - How strong are your social networks?  Discover from this social scientist why this question is critical these days - from the relationships we foster via email to face-to-face communication - in our fast-paced information age.


KosibaKaren Kosiba, Ph.D. - Hear first-hand from this modern-day storm chaser what it was like to participate in VORTEX2, the largest-ever research project to explore what causes devastating tornadoes.



LemniosZachary Lemnios - Keeping our nation safe and defense-ready takes an enormous amount of engineering expertise.  Hear from this top U.S. Department of Defense official and engineering technology expert just how this is done! 


LeshnerAlan Leshner, Ph.D. - He serves as Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Executive Publisher of the renowned Science magazine. Discover the challenges he faces in helping to bridge the gap between science and the general public.


LottoBeau Lotto, Ph.D. - Discover from this iconoclast in neuro-research and science education how a group of primary school students in his science learning venture achieved the unbelievable task of having their research project results published in an internationally-recognized peer-reviewed science journal!


PancettaKaren Panetta, Ph.D. - Learn how this engineering professor and her nationally-acclaimed outreach program called "Nerd Girls" is changing the way many K-12 female students look at engineering and its many career opportunities. 


To learn more about the Nifty Fifty program and to see all speakers, CLICK HERE. 


The Big Payoff: Combine Your Science or Engineering Savvy With Entrepreneurship

NordanAs start-up biotech companies continue to make their mark on research, the demand will increase for innovators with savvy in both technology and business/entrepreneurship.

Noted venture capital investor Matthew Nordan, in this video clip from last year's Expo, tells why you may want to consider this emerging frontier. Matthew is former president and co-founder of Lux Research and now vice president of Venrock, one of the oldest venture firms specializing in IT, healthcare and energy.
Watch the video here!



Thea Cooper is selected as Featured Author for Book Fair

Thea Cooper 


Co-author of the inspiring book, "Breakthrough: the Discovery of Insulin and the Making of a Medical Miracle," Thea Cooper brings the characters of Banting & Best to life Breakthrough Book Coverdetailing the journey of setbacks and success in the scientific discovery of the reliable production of insulin, while developing the personal narrative of Elizabeth Hughes struggle to stay alive. Thea is a writer, educator, and teacher with a B.A. in English from Bard College and an M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Iowa. She is an accomplished playwright and lives in Seattle with her family. 

To learn more about this esteemed Author, CLICK HERE.   


Ongoing Festival Contests: Show Us Your Science and Engineering Talents Today!

You don't have to wait until the Finale Expo to get involved in the Festival because there are lots of ways to join in the fun today! Read on to find out how you can participate in one of our many contests that we have recently launched...


Who Wants to Be a Mathematician


AMS LogoIn the American Mathematical Society contest "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician," eight area high school students will compete at the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo by answering multiple choice mathematics questions in a competitive quiz show format. The highest ranking 8 students will be pre-selected for the final round from written pre-qualification tests administered at area schools. The top prize is $3000 in cash for the winning contestant.


For more information about the competition:

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The Grand Challenges Contest - Sponsored by ENGINEERING.com


waterWhat do you think is the world's biggest challenge? How would you solve it?


Many of the world's greatest challenges can be seen as engineering problems. The National Academy of Engineering has identified 14 such challenges, from harnessing solar energy power to providing access to clean water.


For more information on entering this contest:

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Kavli "Save the World Through Science &

Engineering" Video Contest


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Do you think we can save the world through science and engineering? Join hundreds of the world's leading scientists, engineers, thinkers, and innovators as we tackle mankind's greatest challenges and help to build our future.


Students worldwide are invited to submit entries to the 2012 video contest, with cash awards and prizes for the top entries. Start brainstorming now for this contest which will launch soon!


Entries will be accepted on SchoolTube.com Oct 1, 2011 - March 1, 2012.

Click Here to learn more! 

Songwriting Contest


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Our Songwriting Contest has begun and we're challenging musicians around the world to submit your original song to the Festival!   


To learn more and submit a song, Click Here.

The 2nd USASEF - At A Glance



The nation's largest K-12 moderated video sharing site whose mission is to provide educators and students a safe and fun video sharing environment to enhance their classrooms and learning experiences, joins the Festival as a Media Partner at the Krypton level, and will host the Kavli Video Contest entries on their website.  


Considered the founder of the biotechnology industry and a leading global healthcare company whose mission is to develop drugs to address significant unmet medical needs, returns to the Festival as a Palladium Level Sponsor.

National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP)

NGCP brings together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and has become a Palladium Level Sponsor.   


Consortium for Ocean Leadership 

A Washington, DC based nonprofit organization that represents 97 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy, joins the Festival as a Titanium Level Sponsor and Exhibitor.



An online, global news service operated by AAAS that features the latest information on scientific research studies directly from research institutions, universities, and medical centers, has joined the Festival as a Titanium Level Sponsor.   


Georgia Institute of Technology    

One of the nation's top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology, has become a Titanium Level Sponsor.    


James Madison University   

A renowned university known for expanding the world's knowledge through innovative and cutting-edge research, widely available to its undergraduates, has become a Titanium Level Sponsor.  


North Carolina State University

A comprehensive university known for its leadership in education and research, and globally recognized for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics leadership, has become a Titanium Level Sponsor.   





Exhibitors Signing up For Festival!


The Festival Finale Expo is quickly gaining momentum, with over 190 exhibitors signed up to date, and nearly 500 booths reserved! 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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Iris    NUFO    NACME

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Towson  UE logo  UCMP





Schools Taking Advantage of Grants to be Exhibitors at the Festival!


Our School Grants are going quickly, and we have many K-12 schools and science and engineering clubs signing up to exhibit at the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Finale Expo! Here are just a few of those schools who have recently signed up:       

  • Mt. Calvary Catholic School - Mt. Calvary Cougars
  • Hurricane High School - Green Matters
  • McNair Elementary - GEMS club
  • Newington Forest Elementary School - Get Caught Engineering!
  • National Cathedral School - Science Students
  • Northwood High School - Forensics Club
  • Ideal Schools  



USASEF Satellite Events Around the Nation 


Already, over 20 Satellite Events are underway in communities across the nation. Find out what's happening in your backyard: search by city, state or age group. Or host a Satellite Event in your community! Find out more by clicking here. 


Here is a sampling of some of the organizations hosting Satellite Events across the map:


  • North Central PA Technology Futures
  • Connect2Engineering
  • vidya vikas institute of engineering and technology
  • Discovery Science Place
  • Northern Illinois University STEM Outreach
  • Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center
  • Intel/Fairfax County/Equal Footing Computer Clubhouse Network
  • U.S. Navy
  • Robbinsville Science Club
  • Soudan Underground Physics Lab; University of Minnesota, Fermilab, others
  • CareerTales.net

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