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3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Latest News!
As 2013 draws near an end, we would like to take this time to express our gratitude to all of our Festival Sponsors, Exhibitors, Partners, X-STEM Schools, X-STEM Ambassadors, Supporters and Fans! We can't wait for the 3rd Expo this coming April!
Latest Festival News: The Festival Team is excited to announce the registration opening for the X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium (a new school tradition!) and Sneak Peek Friday! 

We are thrilled to announce the first ever Expo "Robot Zoo" brought to you by Festival Fans! Bring your robot to the Festival and allow Expo attendees to check out your creation! Click the link for more details! 

By popular request, we are excited to bring you Festival Merchandise just in time for the holidays! Take advantage of our holiday sale on Festival items like t-shirts, baby onesies, hoodies & more! Proceeds go towards bringing more students to Sneak Peek Friday and the Expo! 

A Day With Inventors and Trailblazers: 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 innovators as: acoustical scientist James West, Ph.D., inventor of the foil electret microphone; Jack Andraka, the amazing high school student who developed a revolutionary diagnostic test that detects pancreatic cancer; and Nan Hauser, Ph.D., the scientist-conservationist whose work in the remote Cook Islands is providing fascinating inroads to saving the endangered humpback whale! Read More
From STEM Careers To Augmented Reality - The U.S. Air Force Returns To Expo With An Unforgettable Simulator Experience!

With its mission "to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace", the U.S. Air Force is an undisputed leader in technology and national defense. Don't miss it next April when the Air Force returns as a major sponsor of the Festival Expo, bringing with it an unforgettable experience demonstrating how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) plays a key role in virtually everything the Air Force does - from developing lasers and launching satellites to flying supersonic aircraft! Read More

Legendary Baseball Exec Paul DePodesta at Festival Expo!


Don't miss legendary baseball executive and statistics maestro Paul DePodesta at the Festival Expo next April when he shares his secrets to using statistical data effectively in everyday life - from decision-making to evaluating people and situations. Paul, who was the inspiration behind the bestselling book Moneyball and the movie of the same name, is renowned for employing statistics in revolutionary ways to build successful professional baseball teams. He appears in April as part of the Expo's exciting stage panel, "Beating the Odds Using Math." Read More

From Its Daily News Aggregator to Social Media, STEMconnector® Has the Festival Covered! 
STEM connector STEMconnector®, one of the most recent organizations to join the Festival's growing list of major Sponsors, will have the event covered on all major news fronts through its impressive online network which ranges from a daily news aggregator in STEM to social media. Get to know why STEMconnector is often called the one-stop shop for who's doing what in science, technology, engineering and math! Read More
Robotics Among Exciting Exhibits for Expo 2014; Sign Up as an Expo Exhibitor Today! 
If you and your students dig robotics, then the Festival Expo is the place to be next April in Washington, D.C. where we are assembling an impressive cadre of interactive robotics exhibit demonstrations to wow and inspire you! In fact, this is shaping up to be our busiest Festival Expo ever - so we strongly urge potential exhibitors in all STEM categories to act NOW to reserve your exhibit booth before space is completely sold out! And don't forget to check out our fascinating robotics exhibits presented by such partners as: Lockheed Martin, Flexicell, Marine Technology Society, National 4-H Council, and Zero Robotics. Read More
Kavli Science Video Contest Is Open For Entries! Check Out Our Newly Expanded Resources!
Kavli Video Contest One of the main goals of the USA Science & Engineering Festival is to spark and motivate young people to get excited about science, technology, engineering and math. The Kavli "Science in Fiction" video contest offers students and teachers a unique way to ignite a passion for STEM by combining a challenging science research project with a creative activity. By examining the science in their favorite science fiction movies, tv shows, or video games, students research and discover the cutting edge science that will propel new inventions and future technologies. Read More 
Join Our Volunteer Outreach Team! 

We are incredibly grateful to our Volunteer Outreach Team! 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

Sign up as an X-STEM School TODAY! Join Over 375 Schools! 
We are looking for more student leaders in schools and communities to help us promote STEM! Students from over 375 schools are participating in this incredible program and using interactive ways to explore STEM with science fairs, field trips, after school activities, classroom experiments and more! Schools like Buck Lodge Middle SchoolKent Island High School and Thomas G. Pullen Academy of Creative and Performing Arts are sharing their joy of STEM with their schools and communities! Read more
Unlock your world at Q?rius

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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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.
TIES Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM
TechShop, Inc.
Tulsa Welding School
University of Massachusetts Lowell

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Thank You to our  
Titanium Sponsors


Aerospace Corporation   

Aleph Objects Inc.

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 

Go Build Alabama 

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 

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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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