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Vol. 3 - No. 11 October 28, 2013

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Latest News From the Festival
Sneak Peek We are pleased to announce that registration for Sneak Peek Friday is now open! Schools, homeschoolers and Military Families can now sign up to attend this very special and exclusive "sneak peek" of the Expo on Friday April 25, 2014. Click here to sign up. 

In other Festival news: The last week of April in 2014 will be one of the busiest times of the year in Washington, D.C. as our Nation's Capital will host the largest celebration of STEM! Plan ahead by pre-registering for the Expo, which automatically enters you to win cool STEM prizes, and book your stay NOW through one of our Partner hotels by clicking this link. 

We are thrilled to welcome over 250 brand new exhibitors to the Festival! There is still time to join us as an exhibitor, but be sure to sign up soon because we are almost sold out of booth space. Click here to become an exhibitor!

In this newsletter edition, we are featuring exciting USA Science & Engineering Festival Contests and Sponsor Contests that are sure to get the STEM juices flowing! Check Fan Logo out these amazing opportunities in the articles below and act quickly as some of the deadlines are approaching! 

And finally, please support the mission of the USA Science & Engineering Festival by helping us spread the word on Social Media. Be sure to stay connected by following us on Facebook and Twitter

Read all of the latest Festival news here. 
Everyday Life Can Inspire a Career Path with Lockheed Martin
In college, Melissa Rhoads never dreamed of a biotechnology career at Lockheed Martin but enrolling in subjects she liked allowed her to find a job she loves. When it comes to choosing a career, the answer may be right in front of you. Without realizing it, everyday life may be inspiring your choice.  Read more 
Chevron's Fuel Your School Program Supports Public Education Projects! 
Chevron This fall, Fuel Your School makes it easy for local communities to help generate funding for public schools in 19 markets. Now through Oct. 31, 2013, the Fuel Your School program will donate $1, up to a total of nearly $7.1 million, to help fund eligible classroom projects when consumers purchase 8 or more gallons of fuel at participating local Chevron and Texaco stations in 14 U.S. markets.  Read more
Popular Science Returns as Festival Media Partner, Bringing Famed DIYer and Zombie Hunter Chris Hackett!
Halloween is just days away and we could not have picked a better time to announce  the "
Surviving an Apocalypse or Zombie Invasion" program with Festival Sponsor Popular SciencePopular Science not only brings its legendary expertise in all things high tech to the Expo, but also a special surprise: famed DIYer-at-large and zombie hunter Chris Hackett, a contributing editor to Popular Science, will show off his exciting Road Warrior-like recycling antics and demonstrate his "scientifically redeeming zombie-killing techniques."
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X-STEM Extreme Symposium- Where Amazing Heroes and Trailblazers Will Wow and Inspire You! 

Don't miss our X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium next April 24th at the Festival Expo in Washington, D.C.! Presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune, this hands-on symposium will feature such high-tech visionaries and powerhouses as: Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the prestigious National Institutes of Health and the geneticist who led the Human Genome Project to completion; Catherine Mohr, M.D., who is ushering in the next generation of surgical robots; and Kevin Kinsella, whose launching of more than 100 successful high-tech enterprises has made him one of the most hard-charging innovators on the venture capital startup scene!  Read more
U.S. Air Force and GOOD Call for Contributors to "Mind of a Quadrotor" Project 
Air Force Festival Sponsor The United States Air Force and GOOD are pleased to announce the start of the second project in The Air Force Collaboratory, an interactive online platform that invites STEM-inclined students, educators and innovators to solve some of the Air Force's toughest challenges.  
TOMORROW! Join the Kavli Science Video Contest "Science of Monsters" Google Hangout!
The Kavli Video Science Contest will officially launch this Friday, November 1st. The 3rd Contest calls on international middle and high school students to send us their videos with the theme "Science in Fiction". Just in time for the launch and of course Halloween, we will be hosting a "Science of Monsters" Google Hangout with our Kavli Video Science Contest Advisors to get the creativity flowing for the video contest. Be sure to join us live using hashtag #SciVidChat tomorrow Tuesday, October 29th at 5:30 EST. 
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NEW to the 2014 Festival: The KidWind National Challenge! 
KidWind is calling all aspiring engineers to compete with students around the country in the National KidWind Challenge! The first ever National Challenge will take place at this year's USA Science & Engineering Festival - with a grand prize valued at $5,000!  Read more
Join Over 300 Schools! Register as an X-STEM School TODAY! 
X-STEM School Our X-STEM School program is growing rapidy with over 325 registered schools across the nation all with a mission to promote STEM in their communities! Certified schools like Battlefield High School, Mantua Elementary School and Glenallan Elementary are developing amazing activities to encourage students to explore STEM!  Read more
Win $25,000 in NAE Video Contest!
Engineering For You To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Major Festival Exhibitor the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is offering a $25,000 prize for the most inspiring one-to-two minute video, focused anywhere in the time period from 1964-2064, showing how engineering innovations advance human welfare and address societal needs. Read more
Don't Miss Our November Volunteer Meeting! Join Our Volunteer Outreach Team! 
Thank you to everyone that came out to support the USA Science & Engineering Festival at our October Volunteer Outreach Meeting! Please continue to spread the word! We are seeking dedicated individuals to join us as members of the Volunteer Outreach Team and/or Event Volunteer Team. Our next meeting is November 10th! 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  
Palladium Sponsors

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.
Tulsa Welding School
University of Massachusetts Lowell

U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Titanium Sponsors


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 
 George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering 
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) 
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 Edward Lifesciences Fund 
The University of Florida
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
United States Naval Academy (USNA) 
University of Georgia
University of Rochester

Vanderbilt University

VCU School of Engineering 


West Virginia University 

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