Science, En­gi­neer­ing Festival pro­motes STEM with fun ac­tivites

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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.

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