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X-STEM Registration is now open! X-STEM - presented by MedImmune - is an Extreme STEM Symposium for middle through high school students featuring interactive presentations and workshops by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower and inspire kids about careers in STEM. Read in the article below to find out how you can register. 
In other Festival news: The Festival is celebrating African American History Month by acknowledging STEM Role Models of past and present including our X-STEM and Nifty Fifty Speakers. Also, we are filling up on exhibit space for the the 4th Festival so read below to learn how to sign up and showcase your organization's STEM creativity at the Expo Finale!

And in case you didn't know, there are STEM Festivals all over the world and the Festival team has created a comprehensive Affiliate Directory and Map to help find a science festival near you! Are you a science festival organizer? Visit this link to become an official USA Science & Engineering Festival Affiliate Event! 

Read all of the latest Festival news here. 
Be Among the First to Register for the Return of the X-STEM Symposium!
Dean Kamen
It's back! Yes, the Festival's fascinating, in-demand X-STEM Extreme Symposium presented by MedImmune is returning! Registration is now open for this event set for April 28, 2015 in D.C., and experience the "extreme" side of STEM with some of the nation's most fascinating visionaries, including: one of the nation's most prolific inventors who inspires kids in robotics through his organization FIRST, Dean Kamen; Vanessa Thompson, the 15 years old innovator making her mark both nationally and internationally in a grassroots effort to make math and science more engaging for young students and Bejamin Gulak, the 25-year-old designer of the amazing Uno III electric vehicle! Read more
Turning STEM Excitement Up a Notch: MedImmune Returns as Sponsor of X-STEM Symposium! 


Why can't we inspire kids to become just as excited about science and engineering as most are about sports and entertainment celebrities?

Get ready as MedImmune, the global biopharmaceutical leader which wowed audiences as a major sponsor of the Festival's X-STEM Symposium last year, returns for Festival 2015 this spring to help answer this key question!

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Recognizing African American STEM Innovators of the Past and Present, Including the Festival's Speakers! 
In observance of African American History Month in February, the Festival recognizes the accomplishments of African American pioneers and the important role they have played in paving the way for modern-day African American STEM leaders and innovators including Festival X-STEM and Nifty Fifty Speakers. Read more
Showcase Your Organization's STEM Creativity at the Festival Expo! 
The 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival attracted over 325,000 visitors all excited to learn about the physics of music, how to design their own toy sail boats to withstand wind resistance, drone robots playing musical instruments, how to spot ray and shark fossils and much more! Join us in 2016 as we look for more exciting exhibitors to create another amazing celebration of STEM! 
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Is your school a CERTIFIED X-STEM School? EASY Steps to Sign up TODAY! 
Many schools have submitted their interest in becoming a CERTIFIED X-STEM School but have not taken the next step in the certification process. In order for your school to be the first to hear about new school programs, events like the X-STEM Symposium and gain priority during the Nifty Fifty selection process, the school must be certified! If your school has submitted its application but has not taken the steps to CERTIFY, read more to find out about the requirements.  
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Relive the Excitement of our Festival Stage Shows Now on Our Website! 
Access our free, new online Festival Expo Stage Show video library collection today to bring motivating, interactive stage presentations by leading innovators from Expo 2014 into your living rooms, classrooms or break room! As more videos are added to the online collection, view and begin using the exciting ones already posted, such as those featuring: hands-on science demonstrations by the legendary Bill Nye, and stunning photos of NASA's recent space missions shared by Emily Lakdawalla of the famed Planetary Society! 
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First Volunteer Meeting was a Success and New Director was Introduced!
In early January the Volunteer Outreach team held its first meeting of the year. This meeting was a little bit different because first and foremost it was our opportunity to say thank you to the volunteers who made the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival so successful! Thank you to our amazing volunteers! 
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Thank you to our Newest 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.

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