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4th USA Science & Engineering Festival Latest News 
Save the date! As as a reminder, the dates for the largest celebration of STEM are set for April 16-17, 2016! 
Latest Festival News: We are thrilled to bring back the X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium, featuring the top scientists and engineers in the country! The 2015 X-STEM Symposium will take place on April 28th at the Washington D.C. Convention Center. Read the article below for more details.  

There is still time for exhibitors to take advantage of our early bird special! Sign up to join the Festival as an exhibitor for big savings! 

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. 

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!  

Being a Festival Sponsor Has its Rewards; Sign Up Today and Join Our Mission! 

As a Festival Sponsor you join a multitude of STEM institutions and organizations throughout America in the common cause of bringing STEM learning and excitement to tens of thousands of students nationwide -- not to mention being eligible for numerous Sponsor rewards benefiting your organization. Sign up today as a Sponsor and join the Festival mission! Read more 

X-STEM Symposium Returns: An Entire Day With Some of the Most Amazing STEM Visionaries!


Experience the "extreme" side of STEM! Don't miss spending an entire day with some of the most fascinating visionaries in these fields at the Festival's X-STEM Extreme Symposium next April 28 presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune. This is a "limited tickets only" event with the opportunity to interact with such innovators as Anthony Fauci, M.D., who as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease is helping to spearhead the government's response to the Ebola crisis! Read more

Sign Up Now as an 'Early Bird' Exhibitor for Festival Expo 2016 and Receive Major Discount! 
STEM organizations and institutions: Help us make the next Festival Expo -- set for April 16-17, 2016 in D.C. --even greater than the one held in 2014 by signing up NOW as an "Early Bird" Exhibitor for 2016, which stands to be our biggest "Super Bowl of STEM" celebration ever! STEM organizations who are among the first 200 institutions to register will receive a substantial discount on their exhibit booth. Deadline to act: Dec. 31, 2014! Read more 
The Nifty Fifty Returns! Prepare Your Students for Interaction With Some of America's Most Exciting Innovators! 

Schools in the Washington, D.C. region: Sometimes students' most unforgettable STEM experiences come from interacting with fascinating role models. Prepare your students for such 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 apply before the November 21st deadline to reserve a Nifty Fifty presenter -- which include renowned science writer and author Jennifer Ouellette, and deep-sea exploration vehicle designer Andrew Clark, Ph.D.  Read more

Bring the Excitement of X-STEM Symposium Speakers Into Your Classroom Through Our Free, Online Videos! 
Teachers: STEM inspiration for students is now at your fingertips! Access our free, new online X-STEM video library collection today to bring some of the most motivating STEM presentations by leading innovators into your classroom! Compiled from the Festival's 2014 X-STEM Symposium speaker presentations, these dynamic videos are sure to ignite STEM excitement among learners -- straight from such visionaries as Paleo Quest Founders Mr. Jason Osborne and Dr. Aaron Alford, Physicist and Author Dr. James Kakalois, Chemistry Professor and Magician Dr. Joe Schwarcz and much more! Read more 
Calling All Youth Film Makers! Enter the Raw Science Film Festival! 

Continuing our efforts to celebrate STEM all year long, we have joined forces with Raw Science to create a Youth Category for their film festival.  The USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF) Youth Film Category is open to students in middle and high school.The deadline to enter is December 1st. Please spread the word to the young film makers! The winner will receive a cash prize! Read more 

Participate in Lockheed Martin's #MarsWalk!

You've safely landed on Mars and want to make a grand entrance on the Red Planet. The Moon Walk doesn't fit for Mars, so what do you do? Do the #MarsWalk! As #Orion takes its first step on the #JourneyToMars in December with EFT-1, we want to see what your first steps on Mars would be - and be creative! Every week, Lockheed Martin will feature 'The Best of the Week' Mars Walk Video - so get down and upload your best Mars moves! Read more
X-STEM Schools are Creating STEM Student Leaders!

X-STEM School Is your school a CERTIFIED X-STEM School? Do you want to help promote STEM education to your school, gain priority access to Nifty Fifty Speakers Or attend the X-STEM Symposium in April 2015?  Once your school signs up, we will send you a step by step guide on how to become a Certified X-STEM School so you can start enjoying the benefits! Remember the application deadline to apply for a Nifty Fifty speaker is November 21, 2014!

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Volunteer at the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival! 

Sign up to Volunteer for the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival! We have lots of exciting opportunities throughout 2015/2016. Our planning is officially underway and registered volunteers will be the first to learn about the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Party and will have priority for shifts at the 2015 X-STEM Symposium (April 28, 2015), the 2016 Expo and other programs. Please complete this application form and our Director of Community Outreach will be in touch shortly. 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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