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Vol. 3 - No. 7- June 12, 2013

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Latest News From the Festival!
The 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo Finale is just 10 months away and we are busy working to once again bring you the largest celebration of STEM! We have developed a partnership with STEMconnector® and together we strive to increase STEM Outreach awareness across our nation. Stay tuned for the unveiling of the Festival Mascot, learn about upcoming webinars and connect with our growing social media community.
Lockheed Martin To Celebrate America's Engineering Achievements At The Festival!
Lockheed Martin As the founding and presenting host of the 3rd USA Science & Engineering FestivalLockheed Martin returns to the 2014 Festival with inspiring, hands-on exhibits designed to drive excitement in our next generation of engineers. The Lockheed Martin Experience promises to once again be a premier attraction at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, located in the nation's capital. The company will bring fresh exhibits to turn its space into an innovative engineering and technology exploratorium.
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Festival Continues To Grow By Leaps And Bounds with the Ultimate STEM Celebration!
US News
With the bevy of excitement planned for the Festival Expo and its coinciding events, Washington, DC in April 2014 will be the hottest place in the nation for STEM inspiration in what can only be described as the "Super Bowl of STEM" -- and we want you to take advantage of it all! We've taken over the entire DC Convention Center to provide ample space for Organizations to host their own STEM professional development workshops and other events in the week leading up to the Expo. Don't miss out on the growing list of STEM events to coincide with the Festival, including the insightful U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference, and many more!   
Fascinating Minds: Hear And Meet Some Of The World's Best Next April At The X-STEM Symposium!
Don't miss out! Tickets are limited for the Festival's exciting X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium set for April 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. Presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune, this unforgettable all-day event, complete with live demonstrations and hands-on workshops, will take you up close and personal with some of the most fascinating minds in science and technology today, including: Bernard Harris, MD, former NASA astronaut who became the first African American to walk in space; Nan Hauser, Ph.D., the groundbreaking marine scientist-conservationist who is on a global mission to save the endangered humpback whale; and Greg Gage, Ph.D., the iconoclastic neuroscientist who went on to found the highly popular Backyard Brains neuroscience website network for students!

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New Scientist Returns As Festival Media Partner, Bringing Excitement For Curious Minds!
New ScientistIt's rated as the world's most-read science and technology weekly, and now New Scientist is returning as a Media Partner for Festival 2014 -- once again bringing science excitement to inquisitive minds! What makes New Scientist such a wildly popular publication and online resource worldwide for both scientists and non-scientists? Michael Reilly, Senior Technology Editor of New Scientist, provides insight! Read More
Get On Board Now! Week Of The Expo Promises To Be Exciting One For Exhibitors!
ExhibitThe Festival Expo continues to gain momentum for April 2014, so get on board with us as an Exhibitor today to showcase your organization's extraordinary work and achievements in STEM! Plus, being an Exhibitor has its privileges during the week leading up to the Expo in Washington, DC, including being invited to our high-profile VIP Night, the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference, and taking part in our Super Bowl of STEM exhibit opportunity. So sign up today to join the growing number of other organizations as exhibitors, including: the U.S. Naval Academy, Penn State University, the International Society for Optics and Photonics and more!

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Festival's Nifty Fifty Gear Up To Hit The Road; Sign Up TODAY To Bring A Speaker To Your School!
Hayat Sindi 
As the Festival gathers steam, so are requests from teachers for the event's high-profile Nifty Fifty (times 3) program speakers! This elite group of scientists, engineers and innovators, are returning bigger than ever for engaging, hands-on school visits to wow students during the 2013/2014 school year in the Washington, DC Metro area. Apply NOW to bring a leading Nifty Fifty scientist to your school, including: mechanical engineer Baratunde "Bara" Cola, Ph.D., who was recently honored by President Obama for his groundbreaking research in the new field of nano-engineered energy technology; Morton Ann Gernsbacher, Ph.D., the innovative cognitive neuroscientist noted for developing new insights into understanding childhood autism; and researcher and entrepreneur Hayat Sindi, Ph.D., whose biotech company is changing the face of how developing countries diagnose disease.
Another Successful Volunteer Meeting! Have A Great Summer!
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We had a wonderful time celebrating the start of summer with our volunteers at our "End of the School Year" party this past weekend! Eager to promote the Festival, our incredible volunteers helped us package and distribute over 15,000 Periodic Table Posters and 100,000 Festival Bookmarks to DC area schools! Thank you!! Learn how to promote the Festival as a volunteer over the break and save the date for our "Back to School Meeting"! 
Sign Up To Become An X-STEM School Over The Summer!

XSTEMOur X-STEM School Program is an amazing success now with over 75 certified schools nationwide! These dedicated students and educators have been working hard to promote STEM and the USA Science & Engineering Festival! Learn how you can become a part of this incredible program. 

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Introducing our newest festival sponsors!

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Our Sponsors are essential in reaching our mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers! We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to our very special Sponsors who have signed up to support the 3rd Festival to date. 

By participating as a sponsor in the upcoming Festival, your organization will be aligned with the nation's leading science and engineering institutions that recognize the importance of STEM education and its impact on our country. Read More 


Thank You to our  
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Draper Laboratory

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National Girls Collaborative Project
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
North Carolina State University
SGT, Inc.
University of Massachusetts Lowell

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American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society for Microbiology
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Bucknell University College of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
James Madison University
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 
The Pennsylvania State University
Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Rice Space Institute  
Science Societies - American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America
Society of American Military Engineers 
Stevens Institute of Technology
The University of Florida
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
United States Naval Academy (USNA)
University of Rochester

Vanderbilt University

VCU School of Engineering 


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Science Spark is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization responsible for creating the USA Science & Engineering Festival and several regional Festivals including the San Diego Science & Engineering Festival, Bay Area Science & Engineering Festival, Boston Science & Engineering Festival, Los Angeles Science & Engineering Festival, Chicago Science & Engineering Festival, Houston Science & Engineering Festival, Miami Science & Engineering Festival and the Philadelphia Science & Engineering Festival.