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Vol. 4 No. 1, October 8, 2014

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4th USA Science & Engineering Festival Latest News 
We are so excited to announce the dates for the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival! Once again, we will bring the largest celebration of STEM to the D.C. Convention Center and the dates are set for April 16-17, 2016! 
Latest Festival News: To keep the momentum going from the excitement of the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, the 4th Festival will kick off with the return of our year round programs including Nifty Fifty (x4), the X-STEM School Program and much more!

The inaugural X-STEM Symposium featured interactive presentations from some of the top scientists and engineers in the country. Over 4,000 students were captivated by speakers exploring ocean discoveries, space travel, shark and ray fossils, medical breakthroughs, and much, much more! Now YOU can watch these presentations at home or in the classroom using our FREE video library resource. Click here to learn more. 

The 2014 X-STEM Symposium, geared towards students K-12, was such a huge success and we have decided to bring it back in the spring of 2015 and 2016! Stay tuned for more information!

Who would you like to see at the Festival? A major highlight of the Festival has been our incredible line-up of science celebrities and performers! In the past, we have hosted Bill Nye, Mike Rowe, The Mythbusters, They Might Be Giants, Micho Kaku and much more! Click here to access our Festival Celebrity Performance suggestion form and let us know who YOU would like to see at the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival!  

World's Largest STEM Event Impacts Thousands
Nearly 800 volunteers and exhibitors brought the Lockheed Martin 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival pavilion to life last April 25-27, including more than 40 hands-on demonstrations from across the enterprise in the areas of nanotechnology, data analytics, robotics, energy, advanced aeronautics, and scientific discovery. Read more 
Festival's New X-STEM Video Collection Brings Exciting STEM Role Models Into the Classroom

Teachers: Access our new online X-STEM video library collection today to bring some of the most inspiring STEM presentations by leading scientists and engineers into your classroom! Compiled from the Festival's 2014 X-STEM Symposium speaker presentations, these dynamic videos are great resources to motivate learners in STEM excitement and careers -- straight from such innovators as J. Craig Venter, discoverer of the human genome, and famed Hollywood stunt scientist Steve Wolf! Read more

Sign Up NOW as an Early Bird Exhibitor for 2016, and Receive Major Discount! 
With Festival 2014 a tremendous success, we have already begun signing up new and returning exhibitors for our next major event -- the 4th Festival Expo set for April 16-17, 2016 in D.C., which stands to be our biggest "Super Bowl of STEM" celebration ever! So STEM organizations wishing to exhibit should act NOW to by take advantage of our "early bird" Exhibitor rates that guarantee the first 200 institutions a significant discount for exhibit booths. Deadline to act: Dec. 31, 2014! Read more 


Prepare to Reserve Your Nifty Fifty Speaker for the 2014-15 School Year! 
Schools in the Washington, D.C. region: Prepare your students for STEM excitement as the 'Nifty Fifty (times 4)' -- the amazing, high profile group of scientists and engineers -- returns for school visits in preparation for Festival 2016! These speakers are in demand, so prepare to reserve a Nifty Fifty presenter -- which include renowned visual illusion neuroscientist Arthur Shapiro and NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan -- for the 2014-15 school year! Read more 


Kids 8 to 17 Can Change the World by Tackling the Disney Big Hero 6-XPRIZE Challenge
Could you be the next big hero the world is searching for? Are you bold enough to tackle the challenges facing our world? Then use your S.T.E.A.M. skills and propose a solution to a grand challenge and present it in a short video. What could you win? A walk on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of Disney's "Big Hero 6" where you'll be recognized as a real-world hero. Read more 
Join Us TODAY as an X-STEM School! 
We are excited to announce that the 2014/2015 X-STEM School Program will be launching again this fall! We are working hard to improve the program based on the feedback from the teachers and students who participated last year. Don't worry, the basics will remain, the X-STEM School program will still focus on promoting STEM education in the community and serve as a platform for STEM youth leaders to encourage their peers to learn more about the Festival and all that the STEM field has to offer. Read more 


Volunteer at the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival! 

The 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival was a great success thanks to the dedication and hard work of our amazing volunteers! Thank you to all of our volunteers for helping us to bring the largest celebration of STEM to the public! Stay tuned for details on an upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Party! Would you like to volunteer for the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival? Get behind the scenes of the ultimate STEM celebration! Read more 

Thank you to Our Sponsors!
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 4th 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. Read more 

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