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Vol. 3 - No. 10- September 24, 2013

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Latest News from the Festival! 
Kavli Video Contest It's that time of year again!The Kavli Video Science Contest, sponsored by the Kavli Foundation, has announced "Science in Fiction" as the theme for 3rd contest! The contest will be open to middle and high school students and the winners will be announced at a special ceremony at the Festival Expo. Learn more by clicking here. 

In other Festival News: This past month, the USA Science & Engineering Festival received the 
2013 Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award from the Air Force Association (AFA) in recognition of the Festival's MLK School Celebration contributions to aerospace education and for its efforts in encouraging youths to pursue the fields of science and engineering!  And last week,  a group of political, business, education, science and technology leaders including Festival Co-Founders Larry Bock & Ray O Johnson and special guest character actors Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein, visited Martin Luther King Elementary School in Washington, D.C. for a celebration of STEM!  

PLUS, you can now pre-register for the Expo to win a cool prize! 

Read all of the latest Festival News here.
Space is Running Out at the Expo! Become an Exhibitor Today!
Exhibitor The excitement for Festival Expo continues to mount. To date, the Expo has grown 20 percent larger than last year with over 225 brand NEW Organizations on board for this unforgettable weekend celebration of STEM! If you've never participated in the Expo as an exhibitor, don't miss this unique opportunity to showcase your organization's extraordinary work and programs at this high-profile event to be attended by more than 250,000 visitors from around the world! Space is running out quickly so sign up TODAY to join the growing number of other NEW organizations as exhibitors, including: National Speleological Society, ThinkFun, Emotive Lifesciences, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, and more!   

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Deadline to Apply is Approaching: Act NOW to Bring a Nifty Speaker to Your Students!
Donald Thomas Schools in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area - don't miss out! Kick off the new school year with the Festival in grand style: Sign up NOW to bring an exciting Nifty Fifty speaker to your school, including such luminaries as: Don Thomas, Ph.D., four-time Space Shuttle astronaut; Kipp Bradford, the young Maker Movement innovator who has launched 3 successful startups; Ruthe Farmer, leader at the National Center for Women and Information Technology and recently honored by the White House increasing female participation in technology. 

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Festival Welcomes Back Bill Nye, 'The Science Guy® ', to Expo Performer Lineup!

Bill Nye Talk about unforgettable! Get set as the Festival Expo's celebrity lineup of stage performers -- including our most recent addition of Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy® -- take you deep inside the wonders and mysteries of science discovery next April in Washington, D.C.! Nye, renowned worldwide for his uniquely entertaining de-mystification of science, will be joined in the lineup by such luminaries as organic chemist Donna Nelson, science advisor to AMC's hit TV series, "Breaking Bad"; physicist David Salzberg, science consultant for CBS TV's "The Big Bang Theory"; professional tinkerer Chris Hackett, host of the Science Channel's popular DIY show, "Stuck With Hackett".  
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Just in Time for New School Year: Festival's X-STEM Symposium Abounds With STEM Inspiration! 
X-STEM Math BannerOur X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium next April at the Festival Expo is sure to motivate you and your learners as you interact with some of the leading innovators in K-12 STEM education! These trailblazers will be among the noted experts headlining this all-day, hands-on symposium presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune, on April 24 in Washington, D.C. where you will learn from some of the most fascinating minds in science and technology. These include such exciting STEM educators as: astrophysicist Jeff Goldstein; mathematician Colin Adams; evolutionary biologist and caveman researcher Marlene Zuk, and Harry Potter magician Alan McCormack!  Read more 
News Makers: Fascinating Research From Our Festival Sponsors!
UGA Some of the most fascinating research on the planet is coming 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 until then, we want to keep you abreast in each issue of the Newsletter of some of the latest developments emerging from our sponsoring institutions. Sponsors such as: global innovation company 3M, which is using high-tech developments to assist Syrian refugees fleeing their homeland during Syria's current political crisis; and the University of Georgia which has helped establish a link worldwide between climate change and the spread of disease! 
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Join us Today as an X-STEM School! 
Our X-STEM School Program is growing at a rapid speed and we now have over 300 registered schools eager to promote STEM in their schools and communities! The X-STEM Schools provide leadership opportunities for students! Join us today as an X-STEM School!  
Join our Volunteer Outreach Team! 
Volunteer Our Back to School Volunteer Meeting was a great success! Thank you to everyone that came out to support the USA Science & Engineering Festival! Please continue to spread the word! We are looking for students, teachers, parents, community leaders, business leaders, neighbors and anyone else eager to help us promote STEM! We are seeking dedicated individuals to join us as members of the Volunteer Outreach Team and/or Event Volunteer Team. Our next meeting is October 6th!  Read more


Unlock Your World at Q?rius
Q?rius Introducing Q?rius - a place for teens to experience science in a whole new way. Opening November at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Get info and book exclusive visits at  Read more

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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Activity Rocket 

American Mathematical Society

Autodesk, Inc

Bose Corporation 

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) 
Big Kid Science
Bucknell University College of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Georgia Institute of Technology 
George Mason University College of Science 
James Madison University
Leonard Gelfand STEM Center at Case Western Reserve 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 for Leukocyte Biology 
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 
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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