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The 'Super Bowl' of Science: Don?t Miss the third USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

March 21, 2014

Imagine chatting with Marie Curie and Ben Franklin, flying a simulated jet fighter, creating your own inventions using the latest in DIY and 3D printing technology, building an underwater robot, learning from science advisers of such hit TV shows as Breaking Bad and The Big Bang Theory, hanging out with basketball great and science motivator Kareem Abdul Jabbar, exploring the science behind extreme sports and Hollywood movie stunts, and being wowed by planetary science heroes, best-selling authors, science celebrities, magicians and comedians.

These are just a few of the over 3,000 interactive exhibits and live performances planned for the third USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, http://www.usasciencefestival.org/ April 26-27, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC on April 26 and 27.

The Expo, often called the ¨Super Bowl¨ of Science, is the culmination of the year-long Festival, sponsored by founding and presenting host Lockheed Martin, which aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Madeira will be taking a group of girls to the festival on Saturday, April 26.

It is a free event, so if interested, bring your entire family to the Festival’s Finale Expo. Here are just a few of the unforgettable hands-on Expo encounters:

  • Meet Science Celebrities: These are just some of the notable personalities you'll meet and interact with to help science come alive: Bill Nye the Science Guy; Mike Row of TV's Dirty Jobs; Crystal Lee, reigning Miss California and a STEM standout; science advisers to hit TV shows, including Donna Nelson of Breaking Bad, David Saltzberg of The Big Bang Theory, and John Sotos of House MD; the Grammy Award-winning band They Might Be Giants; ZOZI Extreme Sports Champions, Maya Gabeira, Chris Lieto and Tao Berman; Seth Caplan and Dano Johnson -- the filmmakers behind the science and math-inspired box office film Flatland 2; Danica McKellar, noted mathematician and bestselling author who is best known for her starring role in TV's Wonder Years, and the West Wing, Apollo Robbins, star of National Geographic's Brain Games; and David Pogue, host of NOVA's ScienceNow.
  • The Expo's Career Pavilion: Get an important headstart on your STEM career preparation -- including information and advice on colleges, internships, scholarships, mentorships, and employment opportunities -- at the Career Pavilion where more than 75 colleges and universities and 20 leading STEM-related companies will be on hand to assist you.
  • Tinkerers and Inventors: From demonstrations by MAKE, Technology Will Save Us, and the Tech Shop, you'll see and experience the amazing technology that is spurring the DIY, or Do It Yourself, movement, which is making inventing easier and more cost effective for the average person!
  • Award-Winning Authors: Meet and hear these and 30  other prominent science authors at the Festival’s Book Fair: Alan Kurzweil (Potato Chip Science); Megan McDonald (Stink Solar System Superhero); George D. Morgan (Rocket Girl), Tammy Enz (Batman Science), David Aquilar (Alien World), and Art Benjamin (Secrets of Mental Math)
  • How High-Tech is Impacting Human Lives: Meet individuals whose lives have been irrevocably changed by the promise of bio technological advance, such as: Amanda Boxtel, an athlete who was paralyzed from the waist down over 20 years ago in a skiing accident but today is being helped to walk through bionic exoskeletal technology.  In addition, don't miss the poignant presentation by the Innocence Project and the New York Hall of Science which will demonstrate how, through the power of DNA evidence, wrongfully convicted prisoners are being exonerated.
  • Inspiring Young Girls in Science and Engineering: The Expo will also introduce you to innovative women in STEM who are developing creative new ways to encourage young girls to pursue success in such fields. Professionals like:  Engineering professor Karen Panetta, founder of the Nerd Girls movement; Lindsey Shephard of Goldie Blox, an exciting new startup that creates interactive engineering-inspired toys for girls, and Andrea Beaty, noted science book author whose heroine characters in STEM inspire young girls.

For Washingtonians, and those in surrounding states, the Expo is right on the Metro line at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Come for a whole day, the weekend, or as long as you can because IT’S ALL FREE.

Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.   

To learn more about the Expo, go to www.usasciencefestival.org. You can view video trailers here >> 

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