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Vol. 3 - No. 14 - January 15, 2013

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3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Latest News
U.S. Senate Approves "National Science Week"!

We are thrilled to announce that the Senate has backed the creation of "National Science Week" and acknowledged the efforts and ideals of the USA Science & Engineering Festival! [Sen. Res. 329] Thank you all so much for supporting the mission of the USA Science & Engineering Festival and spreading the word about National Science Week! Read more about it here. 


Latest Festival News: Our X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium is sure to inspire students with top innovators and scientists and now Dr. John Holdren, the Senior Science Advisor to President Obama, will deliver the opening address! Reserve your tickets today! 
PBS Animated Kids We are excited to reveal new designs like "Future Engineer" & "Future Scientist" on our Festival gear! Follow this link to check out our online store and TODAY ONLY use code USASEF20 for a 20% savings! 
Do you have a robot that you would like to share with other STEM Enthusiasts? Join our first ever Robot Zoo at the Expo and show your creation to Festival attendees! Learn more here. 
President's Science Advisor John Holdren to Deliver Opening Address at Expo's X-STEM Symposium!

Registration is now open to reserve your attendance at our X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium set for this 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 fascinating innovators and trailblazers as: John Holdren, Ph.D., President Obama's senior advisor on science and technology (who will deliver the symposium's opening address); NASA astronaut Alvin Drew; surgical robot pioneer Catherine Mohr, M.D., and James Kakalios, Ph.D., the noted physicist and author who penned the popular book, The Physics of Superheroes.
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A Mentor Can Make the Difference

The youngest of six siblings, Rafael Almanzar did not work with a computer until he arrived in the United States in the eighth grade. Today, Almanzar passes this message on to his nieces and nephews: focus on school today to be able to have what you want tomorrow. A successful software engineer at Lockheed Martin, Almanzar relishes the fast-paced world of solving software problems.
Basketball Great and STEM Motivator Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Prepares to Wow You at Expo 2014! 
Basketball icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is readily known as the NBA's all-time leading scorer and for his indefensible "skyhook". Get ready for an unforgettable experience at the Festival Expo this April when this celebrated athlete, best-selling author, filmmaker and ambassador for education presents timely insights into the importance of STEM and its role in defining America's future in innovation! 
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Attention: Parents, Teachers & Principals! Looking for STEM Classes & Camps?
Your child or student craves science, technology, engineering and math enrichment - but you're just not sure where to find it. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, educator, or babysitter, is a FREE search engine that aggregates thousands of STEM classes and camps from metro DC's best businesses.  Read more
Kavli "Science in Fiction" Contest is Open to Students Grades 6-12! 
Rosie Jetson The Kavli "Science in Fiction" video contest is calling on students grades 6-12 to investigate how science is portrayed in TV, films, and games. The competition is now open to accept entries and closes on March 21, 2014.  In this article, check out the recent student entries exploring the "Science in Fiction" of Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons and moreRead more
Join over 400 Schools Throughout the Nation as an X-STEM School! 
X-STEM Schools provide student leadership opportunities to promote STEM in their school and community through creating an X-STEM Student Ambassador Team. Students from over 400 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! In this article, read about the amazing efforts of our X-STEM schools!

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Come to our January Volunteer Outreach Team Meeting!

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. Be sure to join us at the next Volunteer Outreach Team Meeting on January 26th. 

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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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Activity Rocket 

American Mathematical Society

Autodesk, Inc

Bose Corporation 

Draper Laboratory

DS SolidWorks Corp. 


Midwest Technical Institute 

National Girls Collaborative Project
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
North Carolina State University
SGT, Inc.
StudentPerch, LLC.
TIES Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM
TechShop, Inc.
Tulsa Welding School
University of Massachusetts Lowell

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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
Biosense Webster Inc. 
Bucknell University College of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Explore Mars Inc. 
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 Center for Women in Information Technology  
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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