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Vol. 3 - No. 8- July 23, 2013

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Latest News From the Festival!
The 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo Finale is just 8 months away and we are gearing up to bring you the largest celebration of science & engineering! In support of this enormous endeavor, we are calling upon the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize the last week in April as National Science Week, in support of the Festival's mission to re-invigorate the interest of STEM in our nation's youth. So what are you waiting for? Sign the petition now!
And in other exciting news:
  • We invite you to join the largest network of STEM events by becoming an Affiliate Event Partner! 
  • is seeking exhibitors to share ideas at the 3rd Festival. 
  • Follow us on Social Media and join our webinar series August 16th! 
Celebrate 50 Years of Women in Space with X-STEM Role Models!
As the world celebrates 50 distinguished years of women in space, we invite you to commemorate this milestone in two ways with the Festival. First, visit the Festival's Role Models in Science & Engineering website to learn more about the lives and contributions of key women space explorers such as Sally Ride, Mae Jemison and Ellen Ochoa
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Secondly, don't miss the opportunity to actually meet and interact with some of the most prominent female heroes in space exploration next April in Washington, D.C. at the Festival's X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune. Speakers include female space pioneers such as former NASA astronaut Kathryn Thornton and Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer.
Northrop Grumman Foundation Sponsorship Encourages the STEM Message!
Northrop GrummanGet ready as Northrop Grumman Foundation returns to the Festival as a major sponsor, once again bringing its magic and expertise to heighten the Festival's focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)! The excitement next April at the Expo will go up a notch when the Foundation sponsors our first ever X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium including Northrop Grumman speakers Blake Bullock and Scott Willoughby!
High Visibility and More - Get On Board Now as an Expo Exhibitor!
Exhibitor Image The Festival Expo continues to gain rapid momentum for April 2014, and you don't want to miss this unique opportunity to showcase your organization's extraordinary work and achievements in STEM! And being an Exhibitor has its privileges during the week leading up to the Expo in Washington, D.C., 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. Sign up TODAY to join the growing number of other organizations as exhibitors, including: the Society of NeuroscienceSmithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the American Society for Cell Biology, the Marine Science Consortium, and more


News Makers: Fascinating Research From Our Festival Sponsors!
Some of the most fascinating research on the planet is
Astronaut emanating from the laboratories of our Festival sponsors and exhibitors! You'll get to experience many of these innovations first-hand next April at the Festival Expo with leading professionals who are making these advances happen. But in the meantime, we want to keep you abreast in each issue of the Newsletter of just some of the exciting developments emerging from our sponsoring institutions, including the latest from Draper Laboratories on the air astronauts are breathing and research from San Diego State University on how autism is a deeper brain disorder than previously thought!   
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Want to Make an Impact? Sign Up Today as an X-STEM School and Register for the Student Workshop! 
Our very first X-STEM School Program is growing rapidly and is quite a success! Currently with more than 80 certified schools nationwide, the newly-launched X-STEM School Program, made up of dedicated students and educators, is working hard to spread the word about the Festival and STEM through student-led ambassador teams. Sign up today as an X-STEM School and join Anacostia Senior High, Washington, D.C., and Bay Brook Elementary & Middle School, Baltimore, Maryland (to name a few), in taking advantage of the many opportunities that participation in this important program brings! 
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Just in time for back to school, our X-STEM Student Leader Workshop applications are open now!  The date is set for Saturday, September 7th from 10am-3pm and  is open to middle and high school X-STEM School Coordinators and Delegates from certified and registered X-STEM Schools.  There are a limited number of spaces so students must sign up early. 
Join the Volunteer Outreach Team! Make a Difference!
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Our volunteers are essential in helping us to put on the largest celebration of STEM in the country! Over the summer, spread the word to your friends, neighbors and colleagues to join us as a USA Science & Engineering Festival Volunteer! Get behind of the scenes of the Woodstock of Science and help make a difference!  

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.

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Thank You to our  
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American Mathematical Society

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 Physical Society

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 
San Diego State University 
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 


West Virginia University 

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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.