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Vol. 3 - No. 12 - November 13, 2013

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Latest News From the Festival
Sneak Peek Friday Registration 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. We already have over 19,000 attendees signed up! Don't miss out! 

In other Festival news: Cool STEM Contests like the Kavli Science Video Contest and the National KidWind Challenge are NOW accepting entries! Click the link at the bottom of this article to learn more and find out how to enter a chance to win cash prizes! 

They Might Be Giants The last week of April 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, and you'll be entered to win a chance to meet a science celebrity like They Might Be Giants! Coming from out of town? Book your stay NOW through one of our Partner hotels by clicking this link.

Read all of the latest Festival News here. 
Grime and Grease: Getting Dirty, Making Money Via Skilled Labor with Mike Rowe of the 
Discovery Channel!
No doubt -- auto mechanics, welders, plumbers and electricians are known for the grit, grime and grease of their work. But what you may not know is that such skilled laborers represent some of the most well-paid and in-demand high tech professionals today! Don't miss it when Mike Rowe, creator and executive producer of the Discovery Channel's hit series --"Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe" -- delivers a fascinating series of presentations at the Festival Expo next April on the financially and professionally rewarding future of skilled trades, and how students can prepare through STEM and competitive trade schools! Read More   
Chevron Joins Festival as Major Sponsor and Prepares to Introduce the 'STEM Zone' at Expo! 
Global energy giant Chevron has joined the Festival as a major Sponsor, bringing its noted expertise in hands-on educational outreach, which it will aptly apply in creating an unforgettable interactive exhibit experience at the Expo next April known as the "STEM Zone." This virtual smorgasbord of dynamic science and engineering demonstrations in a single 3600 square-foot location will engage you like never before in the power and excitement of STEM! Read more
Registration NOW Open for X-STEM Symposium!

Registration is now open to reserve your attendance at our X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium set for next April 24th at the Festival Expo in Washington, D.C.! Presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune, this unforgettable all-day hands-on symposium will bring you up close and personal with such history makers and innovators as: J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., the scientist who led the first sequencing of the human genome; Barrington Irving, the amazing aviator and aeronautical scientist who in 2007 became the youngest person to pilot a plane solo around the world; and Karen Kosiba, Ph.D., and Josh Wurman, Ph.D., two exciting modern-day storm chasers whose groundbreaking research is providing fascinating insight into killer tornadoes! Read more
Bill Nye They're back! Yes, The Planetary Society - that world-renowned space exploration organization co-founded by Carl Sagan and now headed by Bill Nye the Science Guy® - is returning as a major Festival sponsor and high-profile presenter at Expo 2014. Get ready as the Society prepares to pack a powerful punch in science and space excitement that includes: two unforgettable stage performances by Bill Nye during Expo weekend, more great talks delivered by "Planetary Evangelist" Emily Lakdawalla, and a live edition of the Society's weekly radio and podcast series, Planetary Radio, hosted by Mat Kaplan, and featuring Bill, Emily, and surprise guests! Read more 
Young Innovators Appointed to Festival's Youth Advisory Board!
Across the country, child and teen prodigies in science are being recognized for their achievements as exciting young innovators in a wide range of endeavors - from bioengineering and green technology to entrepreneurial startups. The Festival has begun recruiting some of the best of these amazing wunderkinds for its newly-formed Youth Advisory Board to further help inspire other students in STEM! Read on to meet these young innovators, including: 18 year-old Param Jaggi, founder of EcoViate, an emerging green-tech startup; Jack Andraka, who at 15 developed a diagnostic test that detects pancreatic cancer; and Sara Volz, the 17 year-old who invented a method to boost the natural oil content of algae for alternative fuel development! Read more 
300 Brand New Exhibitors Signed Up! Space is Running Out - Become an Expo Exhibitor Today! 
As the excitement for the Festival Expo mounts, so is the demand for Expo exhibitor space. To date, the Expo has grown 30 percent larger than last year with over 300 brand NEW Organizations on board for this unforgettable weekend celebration of STEM! In total, we have over 750 STEM Orgs. signed up to date!!!

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 quickly running out, so act TODAY! Read more
Traveling for Science! The Mind Trekkers Share Their Journey to San Francisco! 
The Festival has partnered with Michigan Technological University to support the University's Mind Trekkers traveling science festival as it heads out across America. The Mind Trekkers recently traveled to the Bay Area Science Festival on Saturday November 2nd. The team members experienced a trip to remember and shared with us the story of their special weekend of traveling for science! Read more
Sign up as an X-STEM School Today! Join Over 350 Schools!
Our X-STEM School program is growing rapidly with over 365 registered schools across the nation all with a mission to promote STEM in their communities! Certified schools like Fallston Middle School are making headlines in their school paper with their STEM Program and teams from Long Reach High School partnered with their environmental club to create an educational "Under the Sea" homecoming theme!   
Join Our Volunteer Outreach Team! 

Thank you to everyone that came out to support the USA Science & Engineering Festival at our November Volunteer Outreach Meeting! 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 and LAST meeting before the Festival is January 26th. 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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Q?rius Q?rius (pronounced curious) is a whole new way for your students to discover science and appreciate our natural world. Inside they'll find over 6,000 objects they can handle, and virtually tour the natural world with experts from seven fields of research. You'll find fresh ideas for engaging students in their natural world, plus cool content you can bring home through digital Field Books and live web events. And it all supports your curriculum objectives and standards of learning. Visit to reserve your group visit and sign up for free email updates.

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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.
TechShop, Inc.
Tulsa Welding School
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 
 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 


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