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3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Latest News

The Countdown is on! The USA Science & Engineering Festival Finale Expo is just 43 days away! RSVP and share the event with your friends on Facebook by clicking here

Latest Festival News: The Festival Expo Finale is just around the corner and NOW is the time to start planning your weekend! Visit our FAQ section on our website for all of your Expo related questions. And as a reminder, we strongly recommend you take the Metro to the Expo as parking is very limited.  
Kavli Video Contest 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! 


We are almost sold out! Our X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium will inspire students with presentations from 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! 
Exhibitors: Please see the recent Festival email about a hotel scam targeting our exhibitors. The scam includes phone calls and emails promising low hotel rates. They are in no way affiliated with the Festival and you should avoid giving them any info.
From Hydrogen Car Challenges to Fab Lab Demos, Get Set as Chevron's STEM Zone Takes Science Discovery to the Limit! 
The Chevron STEM Zone is one of the most dynamic, interactive science exhibits around, boasting 3600 square feet of hands-on STEM demonstration excitement. This April as a major Festival sponsor, Chevron will be bringing the "STEM Zone" to the Festival Expo for two unforgettable days of science discovery with Chevron outreach mentors! Don't miss the STEM Zone's Hydrogen Car Challenge, Fab Lab Demos and other experiences that make STEM come alive and demonstrate to students how science is applied in the real world! Read more 
At Festival Expo 2014: Engineer Nate Ball, Host of PBS's Design Squad, Will Rock Your World! 

From childhood, the challenge of engineering has captivated Nate Ball. Now Nate, host of PBS's award-winning series Design Squad and Design Squad Nation, brings this passion to the Festival Expo in April to inspire and wow young learners in an unforgettable stage show! Adding to the excitement is the fact that Nate is more than an MIT-trained engineer. He's also an All-American pole vaulter, a nationally competitive beatboxer, and a co-inventor of the ATLAS Powered Ascender -- an actual version of Batman's grappling hook rescue system which he produces at his start-up company Atlas Devices. His performance will rock your world! Read more
Don't Miss the Unforgettable X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium! 
We are nearly sold out so register NOW to reserve your attendance at our X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium set for 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 innovators at the forefront of ushering in some of the most inspiring advances and programs in STEM today. X-STEM speakers include Paul Anastas, the "Father of Green Chemistry", evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk, Ph.D.renowned engineer Hod Lipson, Ph.D. and much more! Read more 
Tinker and Change the World: Immerse Yourself in DIY Technology at Festival Expo 2014! 

The DIY and Maker Movement are helping to inspire a new generation of average Americans to build and invent viable technological creations of their own. At the Festival Expo Finale, you'll meet the some the top individuals and organizations in the country who are driving this movement! Don't miss the dynamic hands-on DIY exhibits by these and other innovators: Makers Toolbox, Technology Will Save UsMAKE, One Tesla, the St. Louis School & more. Read more 

'Curious Minds': Scientific American Returns as Festival Media Partner with a Theme of Science Excitement 
Under the theme, "Helping Curious Minds Achieve Great Things", Scientific American is returning to the Festival as a key Media Partner, bringing an exciting array of hands-on activities for a broad range of visitors at the Festival Expo in April. Curious minds will not want to miss the magazine's lineup of activities and programming that will allow visitors to participate in real science. Read more 
Meet Women Innovators Who Are Creating Cool, New Ways to Inspire Young Girls in STEM 
We've all heard disturbing statistics such as these: fewer than a quarter of America's jobs in STEM fields are held by women, and only 11% of engineers are women. At the Festival Expo Finale, you have the chance to meet three female innovators who are working to turn these stats around by creating fascinating new ways to inspire young girls in STEM! In a must-see panel presentation this April, you'll hear these champions and how their efforts stand to make a dramatic difference-- innovators such as: Lindsey Shepard of GoldieBlox, Dr. Karen Panetta, the Tufts University engineering professor and founder of Nerd Girls and noted children's science book author Andrea BeatyRead more  
The Expo's Amazing Career Pavilion for High School Students
High school students will not want to miss the Expo's comprehensive Career Pavilion, April 26-27 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center where more than 75 universities and colleges and over 20 companies will participate to help put students on the right track in STEM. Students and parents will definitely want to catch the Pavilion's College Fair and Job Fair components, plus the STEM & Health Sciences Virtual & Career Fair; STEM Program Extension, and the Meet the Scientists and Engineers booths! Read more 
Sneak Peek Friday Volunteers Needed! Plus Volunteer Information Session March 16th! 
We are currently seeking volunteers for the entire Expo weekend including Sneak Peek Friday on April 25th. Sneak Peek Friday is a fantastic opportunity for students, teachers, military families, press and government officials to attend the Festival a day before it opens to the general public to get a "sneak peek". Exhibits will be in full operation, and we need VOLUNTEERS to ensure everything runs smoothly. Click here to sign up! And save the date for a Volunteer Information Session March 16th! Read More
U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference Discount Issued for Festival Fans 

U.S. News STEM Solutions brings together major corporations, leading educators, top policy makers and education technology companies to advance the agenda for national change in STEM education, policy and workforce development. U.S. News STEM Solutions has issued a special promotion code for USA Science & Engineering Festival affiliates. For a limited time, enter the code STEMSOLVE at check out for a savings of 50% off the onsite admission fee. Follow this link to register today! Read more 

Frontiers for Young Minds Seeking Student Reporters! 
Frontiers for Young Minds is offering a great opportunity for kids aged 12-15 and living in the Washington D.C. area to participate in the review of two of our Young Minds articles. These kids will engage with our mentors, ask questions and contribute constructively and objectively towards the improvement of the article, thus making it suitable for a young audience. Read more to learn how to participate.
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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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

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
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 

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 United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  
The University of Florida
Turner Industries 
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United States Naval Academy (USNA) 
University of Georgia
University of Rochester

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