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3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Latest News

The Expo Finale is just days away! You have the opportunity to experience a STEM celebration like no other with over 3,000 hands-on activities and 150 stage shows including science celebrities like Bill Nye the Science Guy, Dr. Michio Kaku, They Might Be Giants, Mathematician and "Dancing with the Stars" Contestant Danica McKellar, Mike Rowe and much more! And the best part- the Festival is FREE and Open to the Public! 
Visit our Expo Map to plan your weekend now! Be sure to check it out and get familiar with the layout of the Convention Center and Pavilions, find where particular booths are located, and plan your visit! There is still time register for Sneak Peek Friday. Follow this link to sign up. Also, invite your friends and colleagues to the Festival by clicking here. 

Girl playing with robot Latest Festival News: 
Bring Your Robot To The Expo! Do you have a robot that you would like to showcase at the largest celebration of STEM? The USA Science & Engineering Festival is hosting our first ever "Robot Zoo" at the Expo Finale at a premiere location inside the Washington, D.C. Convention Center! Click here to sign up! Deadline is this Wednesday!


The Festival Expo Finale is just days away 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. You can also take an Uber car to the Festival! Click here for more information. 
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! 
Speaking of future scientists, as a final reminder, there is still time for schools, homeschoolers and military families to register for Sneak Peek Friday. Click here to sign up TODAY!


Celebrate Innovation with Lockheed Martin

Think the USA Science & Engineering Festival is just for the technologically savvy minded with an interest in science and math? Think again. It's for everyone from all walks of life.


In the span of two days, April 26-27, the Washington Convention Center will be transformed into a whirling array of opportunities - from F-35 flight simulation to a chance to pilot an Orion space flight and a chance to test a repellant lab coat with super soakers - that will be beyond fun. To further enhance your Festival experience, Lockheed Martin is offering the free 2014 Lockheed Martin USASEF mobile application -available in iTunes and Google Play- which provides students with a virtual passport to journey through the exciting technologies and hands-on demonstrations within Lockheed Martin's 56,000 square foot exhibit space. 

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Caterpillar Brings Expertise in STEM and Skilled Trades to Festival 2014 as a Major Sponsor!
Caterpillar, a national leader in STEM and skilled trade frontiers, has joined the Festival as a major sponsor, bringing with it an array of expertise to excite young learners in how to combine academic knowledge, technical skills and critical thinking talent to support innovation in the STEM fields of tomorrow! Don't miss Caterpillar's dynamic hands-on exhibits and presentations at the Festival Expo which include: an exciting presentation from Mike Rowe on the growing demand for skilled trade jobs, and a robotics demonstration from a Caterpillar-sponsored FIRST team, among other activities.
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The Tech of You: Inside the Personalized Medicine Revolution
In a timely and insightful panel presentation with such luminaries as Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health, learn how biotechnology is revolutionizing 21st century medicine through therapies that are designed to zero in on our personal genetic make up! Discover first-hand how such approaches are impacting the survival rate of cancer patients and the health of others!   Read more
Delve Into the Mysteries of Sensory Perception With AAAS and 'The Science of Our Senses'
Sensory perception represents some of the most intriguing research taking place in science today, and at Festival Expo 2014 you'll meet key scientists and engineers at the forefront of this frontier as AAAS presents "The Science of Our Senses." Don't miss this amazing series of stage shows featuring such renowned researchers as: Mark Hoon, Chief of the Molecular Genetics Unit, National Institutes of Health; Polly O'Rourke, Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Advanced Study of Language, University of Maryland, College Park, and Steven Munger, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and many more!

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DiversityComm Joins Festival as a Key Sponsor, Bringing With it the Premiere of Diversity in STEAM Magazine 
Add a description DiversityComm, the publisher of multiple publications directed at women and minorities, has joined the Festival as a key sponsor, bringing with it exciting information on the premiere of its newest publication, Diversity in STEAM Magazine. Get ready this month at the Festival Expo as the company debuts exciting opportunities that the magazine will help foster in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) for women and minorities!  Read more
Meet the Scientists and Engineers Who Are Helping Shape the Future of Innovation!
Did you ever want to meet some of the most innovative scientists and engineers in the nation one-on-one and ask them anything about their work, innovations and challenges? You'll have that chance and more this month during the Expo's dynamic "Meet the Scientists and Engineers" presentation series. This amazing get-together features noted professionals from such renowned high-tech institutions as Lockheed Martin, NASA, MedImmune, AAAS and the National Institutes of HealthRead more
More Females Needed in Computer Science; Find Out Why at Presentations by the Microsoft Women's Hackathon! 
The statistic is sobering: Of the many jobs in computer science that will be available by 2018, only 29 percent stand to be filled by women because of lack of training. Join us at Festival Expo 2014 when the Microsoft Women's Hacktahon, as a major Festival partner, inspires young girls in computer science frontiers by exposing them to exciting opportunities in hacking and problem solving in this field during the International Women's Hackathon! Read more
Be Inspired By Miss California and Runner-Up Miss America at Expo 2014!
Beauty, poise and grace are not the only qualities that make Crystal Lee -- who was crowned Miss California this year and later named first runner up in the Miss America Pageant -- a standout. Don't miss meeting and hearing her this month at the Festival Expo to learn how she is among the rising young stars in the high-tech field of entrepreneurial startups! Read more 
Festival Youth Advisors Inspire with STEMspiration! 

STEMspiration is the first STEM conference of its kind - a completely student-led event bringing together leaders, doers, makers and thinkers of the highest caliber. STEMspiration has been crafted by the USASEF Youth Advisers as an independent initiative to promote powerful ideas and collaboration in the STEM world. 
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Celebrate National Volunteer Month by Volunteering at the Festival! 
Did you know April is National Volunteer Month? Celebrate with us by becoming a Festival Volunteer! Take a day off work and join us behind the scenes of the X-STEM Symposium and see the Festival before the general public at Sneak Peek Friday! During Sneak Peek Friday, 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!
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Thank you to all of our 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.


See all of the Festival Sponsors here

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
Destination Imagination 
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

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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.