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Vol. 3 - No. 17- March 26, 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 30 days away! Let your friends and colleagues know about this amazing event 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.  


Hurry! The deadline to reserve X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium tickets is April 11th!  Teachers & Students: join us at the Symposium on April 24th and be inspired by 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 and scroll to "Downloadable Materials for Exhibitors" to access the files and customize your own trading cards!
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! 
Adventure into the Unknown with Lockheed Martin
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly the F-35? Or how cold it is in Antarctica? What is the next big thing in batteries? Can medicine be personalized for every individual? As the founding and presenting sponsor of the Festival, Lockheed Martin will present fun, interactive, hands-on activities in six different innovation themes: advanced aeronautics, scientific discovery, energy, robotics, nanotechnology, and cyber world (data analytics).  Read more
From the DIY Movement to Saving Lives -- Skilled Trades Pack a Powerful Punch! Learn How With Mike Rowe!
Skilled trades represent some of the most well-paying and in-demand jobs in STEM today. At Festival Expo 2014, Mike Rowe, star of TV's Dirty Jobs and founder and CEO of mikeroweWorks Foundation, in a series of exciting presentations, will bring you up close and personal with skilled trades, including their rewards and necessity in STEM and how students can prepare for these jobs!  Read more 
From Space Heroes to Innovators in Bioscience and Planetary Exploration, You'll Meet Them at the Festival's X-STEM Extreme Symposium! 
We are nearly sold out so register by April 11th 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. Our X-STEM speakers include Bernard Harris, MD, astronaut and the first African American to walk in space; Blake Bullock and Scott Willoughby, high-tech professionals at Northrop Grumman who are spearheading efforts to introduce the next-generation space telescope to replace Hubble and more!  Read more 
Take a Walk on the Edgy Side of Science With David Pogue, Host of PBS's NOVA ScienceNow Series!
Versatility certainly has its place in being a high-tech guru. David Pogue is a perfect example. In addition to being host of the popular NOVA ScienceNow series on PBS, his other posts include serving as the high tech columnist for Yahoo Tech, Scientific American, technology correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, and being one of the world's best-selling how-to-authors --not to mention being trained in classical music. Be at the Festival Expo next month when David takes you on the edgy side of science a la his amazing stories from ScienceNowRead more 
Sending Out an S.O.S.: Volunteers Needed Immediately For Festival's Sneak Peek Friday; Sign Up TODAY! 
Volunteer 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 immediately to ensure everything runs smoothly for this important stage of the Festival! Click here to sign up! This is particularly a great opportunity for teachers and their students to assist.  Read more 
At the Festival Expo's Two-Day Book Fair, Meet the Authors Who Are Inspiring America in STEM! 

There's nothing like a good, exciting science-inspired book to stimulate and inspire the mind. At the Festival Expo's Book Fair hosted by Anderson's Bookshops, you'll meet some of the nation's top authors in this genre -- maestros who are inspiring readers, young and old alike, in the wonders of STEM. Don't miss the chance to experience such authors as: Michio Kaku, the famous physicist whose current bestseller is The Future of the Mind; Jon Scieszka, who will unveil his exciting new Science Invention Series; and award-winning children's author Megan McDonald, whose recent book, Stink Solar System Superhero, is popular with young learners! 

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Be at the Expo When Sleight-of-Hand Maestro, Apollo Robbins Takes You Inside the Science of Illusion!
When it comes to sleight of hand and illusionary manipulation, Apollo Robbins, star of National Geographic's Brain Games, is a performer par excellence. Be in the audience when he brings his amazing skills to the Festival Expo this April in a fascinating stage show exploring the "Science of Illusion." Dubbed the "artful manipulator of awareness," Apollo, a favorite in Las Vegas and other popular entertainment venues, also uses his performances to demonstrate how easily the brain's awareness and attention control centers can be deceived. You do not want to miss testing your mental awareness prowess against his! Read more 
The Festival Celebrates Women's History Month!
Throughout history, women around the world have made notable contributions to numerous fields and endeavors including STEM. Join the Festival this month in celebrating these heroines by visiting the Festival's Role Models in Science & Engineering website to learn more about the lives and achievements of key women in STEM, and also plan to attend the Festival's Extreme STEM Symposium next month in Washington to meet and hear some of today's most inspiring women leaders in STEM.  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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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 
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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Science Spark is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization responsible for creating the USA Science & Engineering Festival and several regional Festivals including the San Diego Science & Engineering Festival, Bay Area Science & Engineering Festival, Boston Science & Engineering Festival, Los Angeles Science & Engineering Festival, Chicago Science & Engineering Festival, Houston Science & Engineering Festival, Miami Science & Engineering Festival and the Philadelphia Science & Engineering Festival.