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Vol. 3 - No. 15- February 19, 2014

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3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Latest News

The Countdown is on! The USA Science & Engineering Festival Finale Expo is just 65 days away! 

Magic School Bus Latest Festival News: We are so excited to announce that Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus are back at the USA Science & Engineering Festival! 
Remember the Kavli "Science in Fiction" Video Contest is calling on students in grades 6-12 to submit their videos to win big prizes! The deadline to enter is March 21st! 


Our X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium is sure to inspire students with top innovators and scientists! Reserve your tickets today! 

We came up with an inexpensive fun giveaway that Exhibitors can all participate in! Create a baseball style trading card with your organization's scientists and engineers. Then print out as many or few as you desire to give out in your booths. Watch the kids learn about your team members, trade the cards and have fun with STEM! Click here for details. 
PBS Animated Kids Have you visited our merchandise store with all of your Festival gear including t-shirts, onesies and phone covers? Follow this link to show your Festival support and remember that proceeds bring more kids to the Festival Expo! 
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. 
Science Buddies Joins the Festival as a Major Sponsor! 
Science Buddies The magic of exciting young learners about science and engineering involves providing unforgettable and engaging activities that they can perform at home and school. Get ready as Science Buddies joins the Festival as a major sponsor, demonstrating the wealth of kid-friendly resources that if offers students in everything from science fair projects to career and role model assistance in STEM!
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Join Us In Honoring These African American X-STEM Symposium Speakers During Black History Month! 

In recognition of African American History Month in February, join us in honoring the esteemed cadre of African American innovators who will be among the presenters at the Festival Expo's upcoming X-STEM Symposium in April. Don't miss this unforgettable, "limited tickets only" event presented by Northrop Grumman and MedImmune which brings students and teachers up close with some of the foremost visionaries in STEM. Bernard Harris, MD, the first African American to walk in space and James West, the acoustical scientist who invented the foil electret microphone are just a couple of the luminaries in STEM that you will meet!
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During National Engineering Week: Check Out the Festival Expo's Awesome Lineup of Engineering Exhibits! 
This week is National Engineering Week so take time to praise engineers for their incredible work, and then check out the dazzling array of Engineering Exhibits we have in store for you next April at the Festival Expo! Visitors will not want to miss the fascinating Engineering Exhibits from such partners as: Lockheed Martin, Johns Hopkins University, the National Society of Black Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers and more! Read more 
Learn From Amanda Boxtel How Bionic Exoskeletons Are Helping Paraplegics to Walk! 
Through the power of bioengineering, amazing inroads are being made to help improve quality of life for all of us. At Festival Expo 2014, we'll bring you up close to one such innovation - wearable robots (aka bionic exoskeletons), and how this technology is affording Amanda Boxtel, an athlete who was paralyzed from the waist down 22 years ago, increased mobility. Learn from this dynamic speaker the promise and hope that exoskeleton science holds for other paraplegics! Read more 
Explore Amazing Sustainable Designs of the Future at the Expo With Festival Partner EPA P3! 
EPA Logo Environmental scientists and engineers are on the front lines of protecting human health and the planet through their work designing sustainable solutions for tomorrow. You'll gain exciting insights into what some of these designs of the future will look like when Festival Partner U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brings its renowned EPA P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) college student competition to the Festival Expo in April. Read more 
Volunteer at the Expo! Sign Up NOW!
Feeling the gloom of another cold, wet, wintery day; well think ahead to a very special event that's happening just around the corner. The USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest event of its kind in the US, is scheduled to take over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Thursday, April 24th - Sunday, April 27th. For all you science enthusiasts and promoters of STEM education, the 1,000 participating organizations and 3,000 activities will offer a wealth of information and entertainment to all ages and backgrounds; from professionals and novices .... to the merely curious! This event can not be missed.  Read more 
Recognizing African American STEM Innovators of the Past and Present, Including the Festival's Nifty Fifty Speakers! 
In recognition of National African American History Month in February, this issue of the Newsletter will introduce you to key African American scientists and engineers from the past and present who have, and are, making a difference in STEM! We will also recognize African American participants in the Festival's Nifty Fifty (times three) school speakers program and the role they are playing with other Nifty Fifty members to inspire young learners in STEM during visits in the weeks ahead to middle and high schools throughout the DC metro area.  

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Inside the Daring World of Extreme Sports With ZOZI!
From competitive big-wave surfing and downhill skiing to the Ironman Triathlon, extreme sports is a world filled with risks, daring and intensity. At Festival Expo 2014, we'll examine an aspect that is not often covered about these sports: the science behind them, and how its athletes use this science to their advantage in amazing, winning performances! In this must-see panel presentation, some of the globe's top X-athletes - provided by ZOZI, the leading brand for adventure - will tell you how they do it! 
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Join Festival Co-Founder Larry Bock & STEM Experts for E-week Twitter Chat! 

Curious to know what people in STEM fields love about their jobs? Ever wonder what it takes to begin a STEM career? Join the USA Science & Engineering Festival and experts from Lockheed Martin, Project Lead The Way and Bucknell University on Twitter to discuss their path to a career in STEM. Tweet your questions about STEM careers, overcoming challenges, and inspiring students to @USAScienceFest with the #EweekChat14 hashtag as part of National Engineers Week tonight from 8:00-8:30 PM EST.

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X-STEM School PHS Presents: Super Science Saturday! 
Snow may have kept many people at home on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 but not the young aspiring scientists from USA Science & Engineering Festival X-STEM School Patriot High School (PHS) in Nokesville, Virginia. The PHS Science National Honor Society (SNHS) organized a free science education event, called Super Science Saturday, for 2nd-7th graders from around the community.  Read more 
Don't Miss the Humans to Mars Summit this April!
Check out the Humans to Mars Summit (H2M) that is taking place at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on April 22-24, 2014. H2M will feature some of the most influential people in the space program who will discuss how we will send humans to Mars by the 2030s. Some of the speakers include Apollo XI astronaut, Buzz Aldrin; NASA Administrator and astronaut, Charles Bolden; PBS NOVA and Frontline correspondent and many others. Students and STEM educators get free admission on the first day and we are also happy to announce that friends of the USA Science and Engineering Festival will receive a special registration discount. For more information and to register, visit the H2M website at 
Don't forget to get your registration discount by entering this code: SciTechMars 
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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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Thank You to our  
Palladium Sponsors

Activity Rocket 

American Mathematical Society

Autodesk, Inc

Bose Corporation 

Boy Scouts of America 

Draper Laboratory

DS SolidWorks Corp. 

Ingalls Shipbuilding 


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.
University of Massachusetts Lowell

U.S. Department of Agriculture

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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
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
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 

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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
Turner Industries 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
United States Naval Academy (USNA) 
University of Georgia
University of Rochester

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