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Exhibitor Kit Now Online   

For those participating as exhibitors at the 2nd Festival, please check out the Exhibitor Kit on our Resources page. This will answer all your questions concerning logistics and provides lots of other important information, including deadlines to be aware of. Click Here to view and download the kit. Still have questions after reviewing the Exhibitor Kit? You can join one of our upcoming Logistics Info Webinars by Clicking Here to sign up.   


Preregister for the Expo to win a cool prize! 

Let us know that you are planning to attend the Expo, and you will automatically be signed up to win an iPad 2, 5 Tickets to a special Meet & Greet with Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, or 1 of 50 T-shirts! You don't have to preregister to attend the Festival Expo, but you will have a chance to win a cool prize while letting us know a little about who will be attending. 

Click Here to preregister now!   


Coming to the Festival From Out of Town Next Spring?   

hotel buttonThe USA Science & Engineering Festival has secured group blocks with great discounted rates for Festival-goers at 4 hotels in the Downtown DC area and the rates are less than half of what they will cost during the high season. Rooms are going quickly so if you haven't yet made your plans, don't delay any longer!
Click Here to visit our Exhibitor Resources page and book a hotel room today before they are sold out!    

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Featured Authors Announced!

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The USA Science & Engineering Festival Book Fair
is proud to announce an extraordinary line-up of Featured Authors to appear at the Finale Expo April 28-29, 2012. Check out these award winning and inspiring authors grouped below by their Book Fair author performance stages at the Expo. Click on their names below to find out more!

And if you like what you see...it only takes one click to support the Festival with Amazon when you purchase your books through our new online store. Click Here to order books and the Festival will get a portion of the proceeds to help support bringing even more students to the Expo!


Family Science

Seymour Simon - Butterflies
Bruce Degen - Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge
Jeffrey Bennett - The Wizard Who Saved the World
Dawn Cusick - Cool Animal Names
Rebecca Klemm - NumbersAlive! Books for Young Travelers
Jenny Offill - 11 Experiments That Failed
Dia Michels - If My Mom Were a Platypus


Teen Fiction
Pendred Noyce - Lost in Lexicon
Homer Hickam - Crater
Benedict Carey - Poison Most Vial
Julie Chibbaro - Deadly


Teen Non-Fiction
Joy Hakim - Stories of Science
Theodore Gray - The Elements Vault - Science Ink

Carl Zimmer - Science Ink 

Steve Wolf - The Secret Science Behind Movie Stunts & Special Effects
Celeste Baine - Amazing Engineering Careers
Fred Bortz - Meltdown! The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and our Energy Future
Sean Connolly - Book of Perfectly Perilous Math


High School - Stories

Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa - Becoming Dr. Q

Robin Cook - Cure   

Walter Lewin - For the Love of Physics

Thea Cooper - Breakthrough

Robert P. Crease - World in Balance

Holly Tucker - Blood Work


High School - Discoveries
Lisa Randall - Knocking on Heaven's Door

Sheril Kirshenbaum - The Science of Kissing  

Joe Palca - Annoying
Curt Stager - Deep Future

Hands-On Science
Ken Denmead - The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists
William Gurstelle - Practical Pyromanica
Ed Sobey - Unscrewed
Allen Kurzweil - Potato Chip Science
Dustyn Roberts - Making Things Move  

Black Friday Holiday Shopping ideas - Great Science Books!

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Do your holiday shopping by purchasing books from our fabulous Festival Authors! There are two ways where you can purchase Festival Books - through our newly launched Festival Book Store and through our Featured Author Biography Pages.

BooksBrowse the Festival Book Store to find the perfect gift ideas by the Featured Authors Stage Categories or find noted Nifty Fifty author and Festival Performer books through Other Festival Authors link.  Featured Author Books are available through the author Biography pages of most Festival Authors if their current book is available.

Thank you for supporting the Festival programs!    

Holiday Shopping at Amazon Earns Funds for Festival

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Support the Festival by clicking on our Amazon.com link every time you shop at Amazon.com.  With this simple link the Festival can earn up to 7% on your purchases to support Sneak Peek Friday, Nifty Fifty, and other educational programs.  Bookmark this link for Amazon.com! Thank you for supporting the Festival programs!    

PopSci Returns as Valued Festival Media Partner!

Popular Science, one of the leading sources of news in technology, science, gadgets, space, green tech and more, is returning as a key Media Partner with the Festival!

PopularScienceLogoIn doing so, PopSci joins a growing list of other top science media leaders who will be serving as Festival sponsors, including Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, MIT's Technology Review, Chemical & Engineering News, School Tube.com, ENGINEERING.com, EE Times, and PBS Kids.

PopSci has been a major source of science and technology news since its award-winning magazine Popular Science was founded back in 1872. Its online version, PopSci.com, was launched in 1999, and in 2008 this site was redesigned and upgraded to give viewers even more up-to-the-minute tech news and insightful commentary on new innovations, and even scientific angles on the hottest Hollywood movies and stories.  


Popular Science CoverReturning from its stint as a valued Media Partner in the 2010 Festival, Popular Science, like other key media sponsors in next year's event, will run advertisements pro bono via their respective media outlets which will play a key role in not only giving the Festival heightened visibility on a national and international scale, but also will help the event recruit for new satellite venues and participation in the Expo, contests and other activities.

Published by the Bonnier Magazine Group (which also publishes Science Illustrated), Popular Science is long known for its commitment to journalistic excellence in reporting on the latest in innovation, while giving readers an insightful look into what the future of technology holds.

MicroscopeSays Gregg Hano, Senior Vice President of  Bonnier Corporate Sales & Technology Group, "We invest in that vision with our media properties everyday, and supporting the USA Science & Engineering Festival is one more way for us to ensure that the next generation will have the skills, knowledge and interest to deliver on that bright future."  


We thank Popular Science and our other Media Partners for their valued participation!  

In an Unstable Economy, Festival Helps Students Understand Why STEM Skills Spell Job Security   

If ever you needed proof of the viability of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers and the lack of qualified workers available to fill such jobs in today's economy, just consider the results of a recent annual survey by the ManpowerGroup.

Kids doing an experimentThe survey reported that the hardest jobs to fill in the United States are: skilled trades, engineers, IT staff, teachers and machinists/machine operators. These positions often require skills in science, technology, engineering and math - skills that applicants often don't possess. The ManpowerGroup study found that 52 percent of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their organizations, up from 14 percent in 2010.  


To impress upon students the importance of developing sound skills in STEM and what this means to employment success and remaining competitive in tomorrow's workforce, the USA Science & Engineering Festival hosted by Lockheed Martin will devote key exhibits, stage performances and appearances by companies, scientists and organizations to demonstrate the degree that more STEM graduates are needed by employers.

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In these interactive encounters at the Festival's finale Expo on April 28-29 in Washington DC, students and adults will have the opportunity to explore tomorrow's hot careers in areas such as renewable energy, robotics, space tourism, nanotechnology, virtual reality, clean technology, genetics, education, and many other exciting fields.

What's more, the Festival's STEM Career excitement doesn't stop there. The newly added STEM Career Pavilion will give visitors the chance to meet real-life role models in STEM; find out about internships, mentorships, scholarships and after-school programsand meet some of the companies now recruiting STEM-related professionals.

Volunteer Outreach Team Meeting Scheduled - NEW YEAR!


Kick off the New Year by attending the next Volunteer Outreach Team Meeting on January 15th, 2012 from 2-4pm! Meet with our 20 Volunteer Outreach Coordinators to share plans to the word about the Festival.  Volunteer Outreach Team members will get first choice at the Pre-Event Volunteer Activities and Expo & Book Fair events.  Come network with amazing STEM youth and adult leaders in the DC Metro area. We will be meeting at our favorite location: K&L Gates, 1601 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006. Register Here.

DiscoverE Educator Awards - Deadline is December 1

Apply today for the The DiscoverE Educator Awards! The DiscoverE Educator Awards are shining a spotlight on the educators who are inspiring tomorrow's innovation generation. By honoring the teachers who are hard at work in our classrooms, the engineering profession wants to show its appreciation and respect for the educators who are helping students discover engineering.

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Unique to this program, engineers and engineering students (college or graduate level) are part of the nomination process. Teacher nominees must be full-time U.S. or international school-based educators teaching in grades 6-12.


white houseWinners will be recognized at event in Washington DC (all expenses paid), receive $2,000, and a 3M digital projector. The National Engineers Week Foundation's panel of distinguished national education, engineering and business leaders will determine recipients.

Click Here to apply - the deadline is December 1. Please send completed applications and a photo of the teacher nominee to info@eweek.org.

The DiscoverE Educator Awards is a program of the National Engineers Week Foundation and its partners. Funding is provided by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). 

Free Rubik's Cube Teachers Workshop now offered at Fort Belvoir!

To make it easier to become involved with  the 2nd Annual You Can Do the Rubik's Cube Contest hosted by the USA Science & Engineering Festival, April 28, 2012 we are offering 2 teachers workshops at Fort Belvoir Elementary School - Wednesday, January 11  from 4 pm to 6 pm and Saturday, January 21 from 12 noon to 2 pm. At the teacher's workshop attendees will learn how the Rubik's Cube relates to STEM, learn how to solve the Rubik's Cube and receive a Free Rubik's Cube Math education kit valued at $150.  In addition, attendees will learn how to prepare a team for the Rubik's Cube Challenge.    

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 Teams from DC, MD, VA, WV and DE will be competing for the fastest time to collectively solve 25 Rubik's Cubes. Teams may compete in one of three divisions: K-5th grade, 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade. Team sign-ups have begun!  All registered teams will compete in a semi-final contest to be held in Baltimore and Fort Belvoir Army Base, Virginia and the top six finalists from each division will then compete for the championship at the USA Science & Engineering Festival during the Expo weekend 4/28/2012. This workshop is open only to teachers/youth directors currently employed at a VA, DC, WV, DE MA school and the free kit offer is only available to 1st time workshop attendees, 1 free kit per classroom.  Learn more and register by clicking here



New Sponsors of the Festival 


3M is fundamentally a science-based company that produces thousands of products - from health care and highway safety to office products and abrasives and adhesives. 3M will bring the 3M Visiting Wizards performance to the Finale Expo. The Festival is thrilled to have 3M as a Platinum Level Sponsor.  


Center for Biotechnology Education at Johns Hopkins University  

The Johns Hopkins University's Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Advanced Academic Programs, unveiled the Center for Biotechnology Education on Thursday, May 13, at its fifth annual biotechnology research symposium. The center will expand the scope of Johns Hopkins' biotechnology education by adding symposia, workshops, youth development programs and non-credit training to its current offering of graduate degrees, master's certificates and fellowships. We are honored to welcome them as a Platinum Level Sponsor!


Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (SGT)

An aerospace services company headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland with locations throughout the country, SGT delivers high quality support in the areas of Engineering, Science, Project Management and Information Technology. SGT supports substantial contracts for various government agencies including NASA, DoD, NOAA, USGS, and USAID. The Festival welcomes SGT as a Palladium Level Sponsor of the 2nd Festival!    

Calling All Emcees, Moderators and Stage Hands  

StageAre you a budding Ryan Seacrest? Do you love the limelight of being on stage? Or do you want to help behind the scenes at what promises to be the "Woodstock of Science" ultimate event? Here is your big opportunity!  


If you would like to volunteer your services as a Stage Emcee, Book Fair Announcer and/or Stage Hand for our 100+ stage performances and Book Fair Author presentations, then please Click Here and tell us why!


We will give you a Festival t-shirt for dedicating your time and expertise! 

Help Bring The President to Sneak Peek Friday at the Festival

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is working hard to bring President Obama and the First Lady to Sneak Peek Friday on April 27, 2012, and you can help!

obamasAs most of you know, the inaugural Festival was endorsed by President Obama and received unanimous bi-partisan support of the House and Senate. To bring this same united spirit to the 2nd Festival, we are inviting The President and his family to attend Sneak Peek Friday to further ignite the support and recognition of the largest celebration of science and engineering in the nation! Will you join us in making history? Please join dozens of Nobel Laureates and senior scientific leaders in this important cause to showcase the true importance of STEM education as a national priority. Click Here to sign the electronic letter and support this unprecedented event!

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Academy of Model Aeronautics

American Mathematical Society

Biogen Idec

Children's National Medical Center

Draper Laboratory

Dassault Systèmes Solidworks Corp. 

Destination DC

FEI Company


National Girls Collaborative Project

University of Massachusetts Lowell


Thank You to our Titanium Sponsors

Aerospace Corporation

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA)  

American Society of Agronomy

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society for Microbiology

Atlas Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider 

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Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute  

Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Crop Science Society of America


Defense Threat Reduction Agency

DeVry University

The Engineering Place, North Carolina State University 


George Mason University

Georgetown University

George Washington University

 George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) 

Georgia Institute of Technology 

Idaho State University

James Madison University

Johns Hopkins University


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers

National Museum of Health and Medicine

North Carolina State University


Polytech Institute of NYU 

Rochester Institute of Technology 

 San Diego State University  

SMU Caruth Institute for Engineering Education

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

Soil Science Society of America

The Mars Society

The Pennsylvania State University  

Thirty Meter Telescope

Tumblehome Learning, Inc

 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)   

United States Naval Academy

University of Connecticut 
University of Florida 

University of Georgia

University of Rochester

Vanderbilt University

VCU School of Engineering

Wellesley College

West Virginia University

Wind Energy Foundation  


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