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2014: A Look Back at the Largest Celebration of STEM! 


USA Science & Engineering Festival Recap Video
USA Science & Engineering Festival Recap Video


Happy New Year! 2014 was a big year for the USA Science & Engineering Festival! The Festival hosted programs like our X-STEM Symposium, the Nifty Fifty (x3), the X-STEM School Program and celebrated the "Super Bowl of STEM" at the grand finale Expo! During the last weekend in April, the Festival took over the entire Washington, D.C. Convention Center, utilizing over 2.3 million square feet of space to inspire the next generation of our countries STEM workforce.   


At the Expo, approximately 325,000 Festival attendees enjoyed:

  • Over 3,000+ hands on activities from over 1,000 organizations exploring topics like: What is the universe made of? Why did dinosaurs go extinct? What do magic tricks and hip-hop have to do with math? What will be the next medical breakthrough? What does baseball have to do with physics and much more!
  • Interviewing physicist, chemists, astronauts, mathematicians and more at our "Meet the Scientists and Engineers" Pavilion.
  • F-35 flight simulation and musical robots at the Lockheed Martin Pavilion.
  • Researching STEM programs from the nation's top universities and colleges in our Career Pavilion.
  • Performances from Science Celebrities including Grammy Award Winning They Might Be Giants; Dirty Job's Mike Rowe; Bill Nye the Science Guy; Wonder Years and Dancing With the Stars Celebrity, Danica McKellar; National Geographic's Brain Games, Apollo Robbins; New York Times Number 1 Best Selling Author Michio Kaku; and many others!

Leading up to the Expo Finale, on Thursday April 24, the Festival hosted our first ever X-STEM Symposium-- a TED-Style event that featured some of the most innovative minds in STEM! Over 4,000 students participated in presentations from inspirational STEM professionals including Dr. David Gallo, Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jack Andracka, Dr. Laura Richman and many other STEM Superstars! 


Our successful Nifty Fifty (x3) program brought approximately 150 of the top scientists and engineers in the country to schools all over the D.C. Metro area!


Finally, we are excited to report that hundreds of Festival volunteers donated over 3,500 hours to support the USA Science & Engineering Festival! Thank you!


View photos of the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival on Instagram or Flickr.

A Look Forward to 2015

Keeping up with the momentum of the 3rd Expo success, 2015 will be a busy year for the Festival team. Some of the top highlights for 2015 include:

  • The return of the X-STEM Symposium sponsored once again by MedImmune featuring George Whitesides, Bara Cola, Aprille Ericsson, Easton LaChapelle, Alfred Quinones, Anthony Fauci and many others!
  • Volunteer Appreciation Party this coming Saturday, January 10th in Washington, D.C.
  • Nifty Fifty (x4) featuring 200 of the top scientists and engineers and open to schools in D.C. Metro area!
  • The return of major Festival sponsors such as our Founding and Presenting Host  Lockheed Martin
  • Exciting media partnerships including Festival quarterly highlights with Innovation & Tech Today.
  • Preparation for the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival in 2016 including recruiting many more exhibitors and sponsors to bring you another spectacular celebration of STEM! 
  • Our X-STEM School Program (2015/2016) which continues to create student leaders and promote STEM in schools and communities. 
  • Partnership with Michigan Technological University's Mind Trekkers traveling science festival as it heads out across America.
  • Hundreds of Affiliate and Satellite Events throughout the world!
Interested in joining us as a Festival exhibitor? To date we already have over 300 organizations signed up for the 4th Festival. Click here to sign up and showcase your organization's STEM creativity at the Expo Finale 2016! 

Be sure to keep up to date with all of the latest Festival news on our website www.usasciencefestival.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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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.