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Vol. 4 No. 7,  May 12, 2015

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On April 28th, the Festival hosted the second X-STEM Symposium featuring interactive presentations with some of the most inspiring minds in STEM! Be on the look out for video broadcasts of these presentations for classroom use. As another teacher resource, we are excited to bring you our Nifty Fifty Podcasts! And remember, we are less than one year away from the largest celebration of STEM on April 15-17, 2016! Save the date and stay tuned to our newsletter to begin planning your ultimate science experience! 

Read all of the latest Festival news here.

And as a reminder, 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! 

Alternative, Science-Inspired Music: The Festival Welcomes Back Grammy Winners 'They Might Be Giants'! 
Riding high with two soon-to-be-released albums this year and an exciting national and international tour schedule, the two-time Grammy-winning band, They Might be Giants (aka TMBG) is set for another important appearance: a command performance return to Festival Expo 2016! Learn more about this pop- and science-inspired group which wowed audiences at last year's Expo!
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With its Penchant for Making Science Come Alive, AAAS Returns as a Festival Sponsor! 
AAAS Expo Photo Festival goers will remember the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as the sponsor which added that extra level of excitement at last year's Festival Expo with its dynamic "Meet the Scientists/Engineers" stage shows and "Science of Our Senses" hands-on exhibits. Hang on as AAAS -- the world's largest general scientific society -- prepares to return as a major sponsor of the 2016 Festival, bringing with it an exciting redux of the activities that has made it so unforgettable to Expo audiences! 
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Inspiring Young Minds at the X-STEM Symposium!
Once again, the Festival's X-STEM Symposium, sponsored by MedImmune, showed why it has become the nation's must-attend event to engage students with some of the most inspiring minds in STEM! X-STEM 2015 wowed young learners and teachers alike with its dynamic, interactive speakers and workshops. Discover what students are saying about this year's event! 
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Sign Up Today as an Exhibitor For Festival Expo 2016 and Make a Difference! 
Exhibitors play a crucial role in the Festival's mission to inspire students in STEM through dynamic, hands-on learning experiences. Join us in making a difference by signing up today as an Exhibitor for Festival Expo 2016, set for next April in D.C. Your participation not only has direct advantages for your organization, but will help inspire the next generation of innovators!  Read more 
Disney's Create Tomorrowland - XPRIZE Challenge

Hurry! Time is running out to submit for the Disney's Create Tomorrowland - XPRIZE Challenge. All submissions are due by May 17. We want kids, 8-17, to imagine themselves in the future and report back to the present through a video, an image, or a story about one new and amazing invention or innovation they encounter, how it works, and the impact it has on the future. 

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Last Chance to Enter Classroom Contest Designed to Engage Girls in STEM
Together with our Youth Advisory Board, we are excited to launch the ENIAC Classroom Design Prize, a competition challenging students to design creative alterations to classroom environments in order to engage more women in computer science. The deadline to enter is May 23rd ! 
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Thank You Volunteers! 
Thank you to the many volunteers for your time and efforts at the 2nd X-STEM Symposium on April 28, 2015! Volunteers assisted with registration, collected photos, helped in the workshops, acted as stage and room mangers, passed out trading cards and much more! Read more about how to join the Festival as a volunteer and details on the next volunteer meeting.
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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Thank You to our Palladium Sponsors! 

American Mathematical Society

Bose Corporation


ISS Casis 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 

Oracle Academy

Pennsylvania College of Technology 

Space Camp & Aviation Challenge

Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM

University of Massachusetts Lowell 

Thank You to our Titanium Sponsors! 

Aerospace Corporation

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)  

American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Big Kid Science

Bricks 4 Kidz 

Bucknell University College of Engineering

James Madison University

New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering 

Stemtree Education Center

Tau Beta Pi

United States Naval Academy

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

University of Florida

University of Rochester

VCU School of Engineering 

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