Summer STEM Education Edition

Special Summer Edition No. 1, July 25, 2014

The Festival Team wants you to have a STEMtastic Summer Break!!

After the amazing success of the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, the USASEF team would like to keep STEM Education Outreach buzzing all summer long! Are you looking for ways to keep your kids, students or even yourself excited about STEM during the break? In these special summer editions, we are thrilled to bring you inspirational STEM videos, the return of our popular "What's Your STEM-Q?"  and engaging science experiments for all ages! In this edition, we turn to the exciting world of Steve Spangler Science for super fun experiments you can try at home!  


And to address the question on everyone's mind- YES! The plans for the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival are underway! We will be releasing dates and the location very soon on Facebook, Twitter and on our website so please stay tuned! 


View photos from the 3rd Festival here and on our Instagram page

X-STEM Symposium Presentation Videos Now Available! 
This past April, an exclusive group of visionaries delivered captivating presentations to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Sponsored by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune, the inaugural X-STEM Symposium hosted over 4,000 students and 60 of the top scientists and engineers in the country. 

We are so excited to offer you the opportunity to relive this incredible experience with our growing library of these X-STEM interactive presentations. Visit our Youtube Channel to view talks from renowned Oceanographer Dr. David Gallo as he dives into the world of ocean discovery, learn about the career path of Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, and the exciting life of space travel with former NASA Astronauts Dr. Kathryn Thornton and Dr. Bernard Harris plus much much more! Students of all ages will be motivated to pursue their passion for STEM after hearing from these fascinating pioneers, visionaries and innovators! 
X-STEM Presentation with Dr. David Gallo
X-STEM Presentation with Dr. David Gallo

What's Your STEM-Q? 
Challenge yourself with our popular What's Your STEM-Q? series! Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more brain teasers and a chance to win Festival gear! 
Mystery Ballon Pop
Magnified light and heat burst a balloon in this great project demonstrating the power of the sun. Learn more here

Mystery Balloon Pop - Sick Science! #190 
Homemade Geyser Tube! 
Love this one! Create your own launching mechanism for the famous Mentos and diet soda reaction and eruption. Learn more here.   

  • Diet soda
  • MENTOS® candies
  • Construction paper
  • Tape
  • Toothpick
Homemade Geyser Tube - Sick Science #145
The Floating Egg
Perfect for budding scientists! Eggs sink in regular tap water, but creating a saltwater solution... that's an egg-citingly different story. Learn more here
  • Two drinking glasses
  • Two raw eggs
  • Table salt
  • Spoon

Floating Egg - Sick Science! #167
Color Changing Milk Experiment 
Using household materials like milk, food coloring, and dish soap, you'll create an awesome chemical reaction and a beautiful explosion of colors. Learn more here
  • Milk
  • A Plate
  • Food Coloring
  • Dish Soap
  • Cotton Swab
 Color Changing Milk - Sick Science! #018
Seven Layer Density Column 
Stack seven different liquids in seven different layers. Learn more here
  • Light Karo syrup
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Dawn dish soap (blue)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Lamp oil
  • Honey
  • Graduated cylinder
  • Food Coloring or True Color Coloring Tablets
  • Food baster
  • 9 oz portion cups
Seven Layer Density - Cool Science Experiment
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The USA Science & Engineering Festival is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.  Our exhibitors, performers, speakers, partners, sponsors and advisors are a who-is-who of science and engineering in the United States: from major academic centers and leading research institutes and government agencies to cutting-edge high tech companies, museums and community organizations.