Science, Engineering Festival promotes STEM with fun activites
WASHINGTON D.C. — Local students recently received a bookmark to encourage attendance at the USA Science & Engineering Festival. The USA S&E Festival is being held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, in Washington, D.C., at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Place NW, D.C. Admission is free.
The festival promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to teens, children and their families. It is the nation’s largest celebration of STEM in the United States. The twoday Festival/Expo is for anyone, 4 to 104 years old, with a curious mind who is looking for a weekend of fun and discovery. If you have ever wondered the answers to such questions as, Why did dinosaurs go extinct? Are aliens out there? What do magic tricks and hip hop have to with math? What will be the next medical breakthrough? What does baseball have to do with physics? You can explore these questions and more at the USA Science & Engineering Festival.
The Festival is designed to inspire the next generation of inventors and innovators. It allows kids and adults to participate in more than 3,000 + fun, interactive hands-on exhibits and experiments from the World’s leading professional scientific and engineering societies, universities, government agencies, high-tech corporations, and STEM outreach and community organizations in fields like cryogenics, robotics, genomics, paleontology, space exploration, 3D printing and more.
There will be more than 50 live performances by science celebrities, explorers, astronauts, athletes, physicists, musicians, authors, inventors, and experts. You can engage in activities with some of the biggest names in STEM, hear stories of inspiration and courage, and rock out to science during the incredible stage show performances. Celebrity guests at the Festival will include:
Grammy Award Winning band, They Might be Giants Actor Wil Wheaton, Big Bang Theory Sick Science’s Steve Spangler Helen Greiner, robotics engineer and Founder and CEO of CyPhy Works Doktor Kaboom, science comedian Tyraine Ragsdale (a.k.a. Grand Hank), presents the Superpowers of Hip Hop
“Science Bob,” teacher appearing on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live and Dr. Oz
Paleontologist Scott Sampson, host of PBS Kids’ Dinosaur Train Science Cheerleaders The Festival also features a Career Pavilion where you can meet with technologists, scien- tists and engineers, who are available to talk with and with whom you can explore technology careers, academic curriculum, and potential jobs.
The USA S&E Festival was founded by entrepreneur Larry Bock and Lockheed Martin executives to address the severe shortage in science and tech talent, the USA Science & Engineering Festival is the country’s only national science festival, and was developed to increase public awareness of the importance of science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and engineering by celebrating science in much the same way as society celebrates Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and pop stars.
It is possible to take the DC Metro to the Festival, Metro Stop(s) – Mount Vernon Square/7th Street Station or Gallery PlaceChinatown Station. For more information the website is: www.usasciencefestival.org.
Students from Bowie State University meet with Dr. Carol Williamson, superintendent of schools for Queen Anne’s County.