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Vol. 3 - No. 9- August 27, 2013

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Latest News From the Festival!  
The smell of freshly cut grass and sharpened pencils can only mean one thing - school is back in session! The Festival team is busy getting ready for the new school year with exciting contests and programs as well as preparing for the largest celebration of STEM this coming April! Please help us continue to promote STEM education by signing the petition to recognize the last week in April as National Science Week! Sign the petition here and spread the word! 

AFA AwardIn other news, we are honored to announce that the USA Science & Engineering Festival has been selected to receive the 2013 Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award of the Air Force Association (AFA) in recognition of the Festival's contributions to aerospace education and for its efforts in encouraging youths to pursue the fields of science and engineering! 


Grammy Award-Winners 'They Might Be Giants' at the 2014 Expo!
They Might Be Giants With their electrifying pop melodies, vivid lyrics and a penchant for science and high-tech, They Might Be Giants (aka TMBG) is one of the most enduring and creative bands on the alternative music scene today. Be sure to catch this two-time Grammy Award-winning group when it performs at the Festival Expo next April in Washington, D.C.! Ranging from TMBG's groundbreaking music in science education and television to its new innovative alternative album Nanobots (which has been critically acclaimed by Rolling Stone and others) -- this group is a must-see act at the Expo! Read More
AAAS Adds a New Twist to 'Science of Our Senses' and 'Meet the Scientists' Encounters at the Expo! 
AAAS Expo Photo Festival attendees will remember the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as the sponsor which added that extra level of excitement at last year's Festival Expo with its dynamic "Meet the Scientists" stage shows and "Science of Our Senses" hands-on exhibits. Get ready as AAAS prepares to return as a major sponsor, bringing with it a compelling twist to its presentations for Expo 2014! Learn why AAAS, the world's largest general scientific society, is a national leader in making science come alive for K-12 students, teachers and the public.  Read More
Science With An Attitude: Meet the Bold Startups That Are Changing the Direction of Technology!
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Emotiv Insight 
Bold and innovative. These words readily describe startup companies in high-tech and the impact they are having today on the direction of science discovery. Don't miss the chance to explore some of the nation's leading startup newsmakers next April at the Festival Expo when these high-tech leaders share their latest innovations through hands-on exhibits! Mark your calendar to discover such enterprises as: Rethink Robotics, Emotiv Lifesciences, Kurion, Stratasys, and Exo Labs!
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Ocean Thrills: Renowned Sea Explorers at the Festival Expo's X-STEM Symposium! 
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Dr. Sylvia Earle
Why does the ocean continue to fascinate us? Undoubtedly, because of the many mysteries it continues to hold. Get ready next April to meet and interact with some of the nation's foremost oceanographers who are helping to unlock these secrets! These trailblazers will be among the noted innovators headlining the Festival Expo's X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium in Washington, D.C. Presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune. The X-STEM Symposium will host some of the most fascinating minds in science and technology. These include such sea explorers as Titanic exploration leader David Gallo; Oceanographer and "Hero for the Planet" Sylvia Earle, Ph.D., and Human Genome Project pioneer J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., who is on a quest to unlock the secrets of the oceans by sampling, sequencing and analyzing the DNA of the microorganisms living in these waters! 
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News Makers: Fascinating Research From Our Festival Sponsors! 
University of Florida Hurricane Drone Some of the most fascinating research on the planet is 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, but in the meantime, we want to keep you abreast in each issue of the Newsletter of just some of the latest developments emerging from our sponsoring institutions. Sponsors such as: Genentech and the new release of their DNA iPad application, University of Florida's development of drones and submarines designed to prepare for hurricanes and more! 
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Register as an X-STEM School TODAY!
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The USA Science & Engineering Festival X-STEM School program encourages youth leadership in STEM programs and we are seeking MORE schools to join us in our mission! Over 250 schools have registered as an X-STEM School and we look forward to doubling that number during the upcoming school year! The Festival will also host an X-STEM School Student Workshop on September 7th to promote this exciting program!    
Read more about how YOU can get involved! 
Our Back to School Meeting is Almost Here! Join Our Volunteer Outreach Team! 
Volunteer Meeting Our volunteers are essential in helping us to put on the largest celebration of STEM in the country! Please spread the word to your friends, neighbors and colleagues to join our Volunteer Outreach Team! Get behind of the scenes of the Woodstock of Science and help make a difference! Save the date for our upcoming Back to School Meeting on September 8th! 
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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.

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Thank You to our  
Palladium Sponsors

American Mathematical Society

Draper Laboratory

DS SolidWorks Corp. 


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

U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Aerospace Corporation  

American Physical Society

American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society for Microbiology
The Atlas Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (at New York University) 
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Bucknell University College of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Georgia Institute of Technology 
James Madison University
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 
The Pennsylvania State University
PicoTurbine International  
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 Patent and Trademark Office 
United States Naval Academy (USNA) 
University of Georgia
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.