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  • Get the Dirt on Mike Roweby Mike Rowe Watch Preview Video Bell Stage Saturday, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: Mike Rowe will also perform on the Bell Stage on Sunday at 11:00 AM.  In addition, you might also catch Mike Rowe on the stage in the mikeroweWORKS Foundation Pavillion throughout the weekend.


    People often ask Mike Rowe if he has learned anything from working over 200 dirty jobs.

    His response? Find out at the Expo when this American media personality, actor and amateur comedian dishes on his many job adventures, from roadkill collector to catfish noodle, and his more recent endeavors with his Foundations, mikeroweWORKS and profoundlydisconnected.com.

    As the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel's Emmy-nominated series Dirty Jobs With Mike Rowe, Mike has spent years traveling the country, working as an apprentice on more than 200 jobs that most people would go out of their way to avoid, profiling the unsung American laborers who make their living in the most unthinkable - yet vital - ways.

    mikeroweWORKS was launched in 2008 as a Trade Resource Center for people seeking employment opportunities in the skilled trades. The initiative grew from the hit TV show, Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, and quickly turned into as a grassroots PR Campaign for hard work and skilled labor.

    Most recently, mikeroweWORKS teamed up with Caterpillar to launch profoundlydisconnected.com - a direct challenge to the marketing campaigns that currently promote four-year degrees at the expense of more affordable and more practical trade schools.

    Mike Rowe will give a keynote address surrounding skilled trades and STEM, and will also host the first ever mikeroweWORKS Pavilion at the Festival, aimed at inspiring students interested in pursuing a skilled trade!

  • Grammy Award-Winners 'They Might Be Giants'by They Might Be Giants Watch Preview Video Bell Stage Saturday, 01:00 PM - 01:40 PM 40 Minutes Add to Schedule! Bell Stage Saturday, 04:00 PM - 04:40 PM 40 Minutes Add to Schedule!


    Not too many bands today can boast a 30-year career, let alone a career that includes 16 studio albums (including four beloved albums for children), two Grammy Awards, and a history of embracing science and other emerging technologies. But that's the genius and success of the amazing alternative music band, They Might Be Giants, aka TMBG.

    Formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell (two talented musicians who emerged out of New York City's East Village music scene), They Might Be Giants later honed its unconventional and experimental style of alternative music for which it known today.

    Over the years, the band has found success on the modern rock and college music station charts. More recently, TMBG has also realized success in children's music (including science education with such songs as "Science is Real", "Meet the Elements", "I am a Paleontologist", and "Speed and Velocity"), as well as theme music for several television programs and films.

    TMBG has released 16 studio albums. Their third album, Flood, has been certified platinum, and the group's music albums for children -Here Comes Science, Here Come the ABCs and Here Come the 123s - have all been certified gold.

    The band also has two Grammy Awards to its credit, TMBG received the first one in 2002 for its song "Boss of Me", which served as the them to the TV show, Malcolm in the Middle, and the second in 2009 for the album, Here Come the 123s.

  • Getting the Science Right in Hollywoodby Headliners John Sotos, Donna Nelson, and David Saltzberg - writers, consultants, and advisors to hit TV Series Watch Preview Video Einstein Stage Saturday, 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: John Sotos will be signing his book at book signing table 3 on Saturday at 4:00PM.

    John Sotos, Donna Nelson, and David Saltzberg will also help host the Kavli Science Video Awards Ceremony on the Einstein Stage on Saturday at 3:30 PM.

    Why is it so important to get the science correct in TV and film? Ask that question to organic chemist Donna Nelson, particle physicist David Saltzberg, and physician John Sotos and you'll get valuable insight into why they serve as science advisers to some of the hottest science/medical TV shows on the air today.

    Meet these science celebrities and hear their viewpoints as they participate in "Getting the Science Right in Hollywood", a revealing and insightful panel discussion moderated by Mariette DiChristina, who oversees Scientific American, ScientificAmerican.com, Scientific American Mind and all newsstand special editions.

    John Sotos, M.D. – He’s both a physician (who wrote the definitive book on mysterious medical diagnoses) and a noted computer scientist – which makes him admirably suited for his role as medical technical advisor to the hit TV series, House, MD, and science advisor to the sci-fi show, Torchwood: Miracle Day.

    Donna Nelson, professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma, serves as science advisor to AMC's popular show, Breaking Bad. She was selected for the program after reading an article in Chemical and Engineering News about how the show's producer was seeking ongoing chemistry advice involving the program's main character, Walt (an organic chemistry high school teacher). Says Donna: "I thought, 'I can do this!' Chemists and other scientists are always complaining about poor, inaccurate science that appears in movies and television shows. This is an opportunity to do something about it."

    David Saltzberg, a world-renowned particle physicist at the University of California, Los Angeles, serves as science consultant for CBS TV's The Big Bang Theory, which boasts 12 million viewers each week. David is known for his attention to getting the science right without detracting from the mood and direction of the sitcom. In enhancing the show's script, he says: "I often choose something new, so people can learn about recent science discoveries." For example, he adds, "I've put in references to the CERN super-collider and to recent discoveries relating to dark matter."

  • The Science of Extreme Sportsby Top X-Athletes Chris Lieto, Ironman Triathlon champion; Maya Gabeira, extreme surfing champion; and world-record breaking kayaker Tao Berman Watch Preview Video Einstein Stage Saturday, 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule! Curie Stage Sunday, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    Special Note: Tao Berman will sign books at Book Signing Table 4 on Saturday at 3:00 PM and again on Sunday at 11:00 AM.

    Extreme sports – ranging  from competitive big-wave surfing, downhill skiing and mountain climbing to skydiving and the grueling rigors of the Ironman Triathlon – represent some of the most challenging, intense and risky undertakings around.  What is it that drives some individuals to embrace the dangers of extreme sports, while most of us prefer the safety of the sidelines? And what's behind the success of these amazing X-athletes, including their spectacular performances that leave us in awe, and their rigorous physical and mental training?
    You will get a behind-the-scenes look into the world of X-sports, and the science that in many ways propels it. Our panel members, provided by ZOZI, the leading brand for adventure, will feature sports legends from the ZOZI Guru™ team:
    Maya Gabeira - The LA Times dubbed this Brazilian extreme sports surfer the “Super Woman of Big-Wave Surfing” - and for good reason. Learn the science and physics behind her daring surfing performances - including the 45-foot wave she rode off of South Africa - the biggest wave ever surfed by a female!
    Chris Lieto - In the grueling sport of the Ironman Triathlon, he reigns as one of the world’s best athletes.  Gain insight into the success of this three-time Ironman champion, including the science behind his rigorous physical training and daily diet.
    Tao Berman - This competitive, gutsy extreme kayaker is definitely at the top of his game, so much in fact that Sports Illustrated acclaims him “the best kayaker on the planet”. Gain insight into the science behind his daring kayaking maneuvers that have awed fans worldwide, including earning him the world record in waterfall descent (98.4 feet)!
    These two panel presentations on Saturday and Sunday will be moderated separately by two of Washington, D.C.’s leading TV journalists: Scott Thuman, the Emmy-award winning Senior Political Reporter who covers the White House and Capitol Hill for ABC7 News and News Channel 8; and Lauryn Ricketts, a veteran meteorologist on WJLA's ABC7 Stormwatch 7 team who has more than a decade of experience forecasting in and around the DC area.

    Special Note: Tao Berman will sign books at Book Signing Table 4 on Saturday at 3:00 PM and again on Sunday at 11:00 AM.


    Extreme sports – ranging  from competitive big-wave surfing, downhill skiing and mountain climbing to skydiving and the grueling rigors of the Ironman Triathlon – represent some of the most challenging, intense and risky undertakings around.  What is it that drives some individuals to embrace the dangers of extreme sports, while most of us prefer the safety of the sidelines? And what's behind the success of these amazing X-athletes, including their spectacular performances that leave us in awe, and their rigorous physical and mental training?

    You will get a behind-the-scenes look into the world of X-sports, and the science that in many ways propels it. Our panel members, provided by ZOZI, the leading brand for adventure, will feature sports legends from the ZOZI Guru™ team:

    Maya Gabeira - The LA Times dubbed this Brazilian extreme sports surfer the “Super Woman of Big-Wave Surfing” - and for good reason. Learn the science and physics behind her daring surfing performances - including the 45-foot wave she rode off of South Africa - the biggest wave ever surfed by a female!

    Chris Lieto - In the grueling sport of the Ironman Triathlon, he reigns as one of the world’s best athletes.  Gain insight into the success of this three-time Ironman champion, including the science behind his rigorous physical training and daily diet.


    Tao Berman - This competitive, gutsy extreme kayaker is definitely at the top of his game, so much in fact that Sports Illustrated acclaims him “the best kayaker on the planet”. Gain insight into the science behind his daring kayaking maneuvers that have awed fans worldwide, including earning him the world record in waterfall descent (98.4 feet)!

    These two panel presentations on Saturday and Sunday will be moderated separately by two of Washington, D.C.’s leading TV journalists: Scott Thuman, the Emmy-award winning Senior Political Reporter who covers the White House and Capitol Hill for ABC7 News and News Channel 8; and Lauryn Ricketts, a veteran meteorologist on WJLA's ABC7 Stormwatch 7 team who has more than a decade of experience forecasting in and around the DC area.

     

  • Pack a Punch With Numbersby Mathematics Innovators Paul DePodesta, Mike Aponte and Glen Whitney Watch Preview Video Bell Stage Sunday, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: Paul DePodesta will also perform on the Book Fair stage on Sunday at 4:30 PM and will sign books at Book Signing Table 3 at 4:30 PM.  Mike Aponte will sign books at Book Signing Table 4 on Sunday at 4:30 PM.


    Join us for dynamic hands-on encounters with mathematics superstars, and discover how numbers are used to pack a punch in such areas as decision-making, evaluating human performance, scrutinizing data, following hunches and sizing up situations in sports, scientific research, business and other matters.

    In this unforgettable presentation, Glen Whitney will team up fellow panel members and mathematics legends Paul DePodesta and Mike Aponte.

    Meet the Panelists!

    Mike Aponte studied economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and later reigned as one of the most famous blackjack players in the casino world (a profession in which skills in statistics and probability are paramount) and served as a key inspiration for the best-selling book Bringing Down the House, and the 2008 major motion picture, 21. Both works tell of the fundamentals behind his success as a player: a love of mathematics, hard work and a focused business-like approach to his craft. He went on to win the 2004 World Series of Blackjack, and today tutors students in math and SAT preparation.
    Paul DePodesta graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in economics and is currently Vice President of Player Development and Scouting for the New York Mets baseball team. In the high-stakes world as a baseball executive, he is best known for using statistics and the laws of probability in innovative ways to evaluate, measure, assign value to, and make decisions on player talent and performance. In the process, he has helped revolutionize how winning baseball teams can be built. His successful use of such techniques as Assistant General Manager of the Oakland Athletics from 1999 to 2003 helped to dramatically turn around the struggling A's team -- a feat that was chronicled in the best-selling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, and the 2011 major motion picture, Moneyball.

    Paul DePodesta - The creative approach of this high-powered professional baseball executive in using statistics in revolutionary ways to make winners out of the hapless Oakland Athletics baseball team during 1999-2003 formed the basis of the best-selling book Moneyball, and the subsequent 2011 major motion picture of the same name. Discover his winning strategy behind statistics and the laws of probability that you can use in everyday life! 

    Mike Aponte - This former MIT student used his love and prowess in mathematics to reign as one of the most famous blackjack players in the casino world, inspiring the best-selling book Bringing Down the House, and the 2008 major motion picture, 21. Learn how he now has given up the glitz and glamour of casino life to follow his two other passions: tutoring and mentoring students in mathematics and SAT preparation, and instructing the public in the art of card counting!

    Panel moderator Glen Whitney is known as the mathematician who gave up a lucrative career as a hedge-fund algorithm manager in New York to pursue his dream of establishing the nation's first-ever interactive, hands-on math museum. Under his direction, the National Museum of Mathematics, located in the heart of Manhattan, has made a name for itself in K-12 educational outreach by going the extra mile in showing students how math relates to almost everything we do  - from biology and physics to music, art, finance, photography and sports.
  • Mathemagicianby Art Benjamin, the Mathemagician Watch Preview Video Bell Stage Saturday, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule! Bell Stage Sunday, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    Special Note: Art Benjamin will also perform on the Book Fair stage on Sunday at 12:00 PM and will sign books at Book Signing Table 3 on Sunday at 11:00 AM and Book Signing Table 2 on Sunday at 12:30 PM. 
    Join us for a truly amazing presentation of mental mathematical gymnastics that will seemingly turn math into magic. Watch as mathemagician and math whiz Arthur Benjamin “out-calculates” an electronic calculator and figures out the weekday of any date in history with lightning-fast speed. Discover the fun side of math that’s sometimes easy to forget when doing your homework.

    Special Note: Art Benjamin will also perform on the Book Fair Stage on Sunday at 12:00 PM and will sign books at Book Signing Table 3 at 11:00 AM and Book Signing Table 2 at 12:30 PM. 


    Join us for a truly amazing presentation of mental mathematical gymnastics that will seemingly turn math into magic. Watch as mathemagician and math whiz Arthur Benjamin “out-calculates” an electronic calculator and figures out the weekday of any date in history with lightning-fast speed. Discover the fun side of math that’s sometimes easy to forget when doing your homework.

  • Bubbleologyby Keith Michael Johnson Watch Preview Video Curie Stage Saturday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule! Curie Stage Sunday, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Keith Michael Johnson's "Bubbleology" enchants audiences of all ages with the art and science of soap bubbles. As seen on Discovery Channel's "Time Warp", Keith uses bubbles—large and small—to explain liquids, solids and gasses, geometry, tension and pressure. From encasing a dinosaur and a child in a bubble to crafting a glistening fog-filled Eiffel Tower, Keith builds beautiful sculptural creations with enthusiasm, humor and style.

  • Benjamin Franklin, In Person (Find Him Walking the Expo Floor)by B. Franklin, Printer of Arlington, VA Watch Preview Video

    Benjamin Franklin, printer, diplomat and scientist, will explain the processes and share his secrets with you on some of his experiments and scientific discoveries. If queried, he may well discourse on most any topic of your choosing! Ben Franklin, printer, is a characterization by Barry Stevens.

    Find him walking the Expo floor on Sneak Peek Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

  • Learning Science Through Action and Adventure with a Hollywood Stuntman!by Steve Wolf Watch Preview Video Einstein Stage Saturday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: Steve Wolf will also perform on the Book Fair Stage on Saturday at 2:30 PM and will sign books on Saturday at Book Signing Table 3 at 12:00 PM and Book Signing Table 1 at 3:00 PM.


    Are you looking for real action adventure while boosting your science IQ? Steve Wolf, Hollywood movie stuntman and special effects expert, is your man! During his 20 years in the business, Steve has been shot, set on fire, tossed from buildings, and thrown off mountains. In addition, he’s worked on movies with Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, and dozens of other stars, and has also engineered effects for TV's America's Most Wanted, Law and Order, for David Letterman, and for Whitney Houston.

    Much of his work looks dangerous, but Steve loves using such action to explain how he employs the basics of physics and other areas of science to make these stunts and special effects safe as they are thrilling and realistic.

  • Who Wants to Be a Mathematician?by American Mathematical Society Watch Preview Video

     

    This performance will take place on Sneak Peek Friday.
    Here’s your chance to see the world’s most exciting and fun math contest, cheer on the contestants, and test your wits at the same time. Eight of the area’s sharpest math students will compete in this event sponsored by the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and one of them could win $3000.
    In the AMS game Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, high school students compete for cash and prizes by answering a series of multiple-choice mathematics questions. The cash prize in the game is donated by the AMS.
    Watching the game, and playing along, is a great activity for a math club or for individuals who want to match wits with the contestants, who at the 2014 Festival Expo will include eligible high school students from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia.
    AMS also conducted the contest at the 2012 Festival Expo where Daniel Yang from Urbana High School in Maryland was named winner.

    Special Note: This performance will take place on Sneak Peek Friday.

    Here’s your chance to see the world’s most exciting and fun math contest, cheer on the contestants, and test your wits at the same time. Eight of the area’s sharpest math students will compete in this event sponsored by the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and one of them could win $3000.


    In the AMS game Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, high school students compete for cash and prizes by answering a series of multiple-choice mathematics questions. The cash prize in the game is donated by the AMS.


    Watching the game, and playing along, is a great activity for a math club or for individuals who want to match wits with the contestants, who at the 2014 Festival Expo will include eligible high school students from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia.


    AMS also conducted the contest at the 2012 Festival Expo where Daniel Yang from Urbana High School in Maryland was named winner.

  • Time, Einstein, and the Coldest Stuff in the Universeby Dr. William Phillips, Nobel Prize winning Physicist Watch Preview Video Einstein Stage Saturday, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    How did Einstein view time?  What is an atomic clock?  Why does it work better when its atoms are incredibly cold?  What is the connections between temperature, speed, and Einstein’s theory of relativity?

    Join Dr. William Phillips for an exciting journey to the lowest temperatures ever recorded.  In a presentation punctuated by amazing demonstrations that fizz, crack, float, and explode, learn why shining light on something can make it incredibly cold.  

  • AstroCappella: A Musical Tour of the Universeby The Chromatics Watch Preview Video Bell Stage Saturday, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule! Bell Stage Sunday, 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    The Chromatics will also perform for the Planetary Radio live broadcast on the Einstein stage on Sunday at 12:30 PM.
    It's a scientific Sing-Off when the six high-energy vocalists of The Chromatics present their rocking musical exploration of the cosmos, from our solar system to the edges of space and time.
    With original songs and powerful visuals, the Chromatics (comprised of accomplished high-tech professionals in such fields as astrophysics and data system designing) weave a fascinating, entertaining, humorous -- and always educational -- tapestry of science concepts and discoveries.
    The group has taken their astronomically-inspired a capella songs (a project called AstroCapella) across the country from Palm Springs to Orlando, and from Las Vegas to New York, and their CD has even flown in space! They have performed their repertoire at such venues as the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, the Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes, festivals, concert series and private parties.
    The Chromatics are: Padi Boyd, an astrophysicist and the group's music director; John Meyer, a scientist who designs power systems for astronomy satellites; Deb Nixon, who designs data systems; Scott Rohrbach, a NASA optical engineer; Alan Smale, an astrophysicist, and Karen Smale, astronomer.

    Special Note: The Chromatics will also perform for the Planetary Radio Live Broadcast on the Einstein stage on Sunday at 12:30 PM.

    It's a scientific Sing-Off when the six high-energy vocalists of The Chromatics present their rocking musical exploration of the cosmos, from our solar system to the edges of space and time.


    With original songs and powerful visuals, the Chromatics (comprised of accomplished high-tech professionals in such fields as astrophysics and data system designing) weave a fascinating, entertaining, humorous -- and always educational -- tapestry of science concepts and discoveries.


    The group has taken their astronomically-inspired a capella songs (a project called AstroCapella) across the country from Palm Springs to Orlando, and from Las Vegas to New York, and their CD has even flown in space! They have performed their repertoire at such venues as the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, the Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes, festivals, concert series and private parties.


    The Chromatics are: Padi Boyd, an astrophysicist and the group's music director; John Meyer, a scientist who designs power systems for astronomy satellites; Deb Nixon, who designs data systems; Scott Rohrbach, a NASA optical engineer; Alan Smale, an astrophysicist, and Karen Smale, astronomer.

  • Superhero Engineering and the Science of Beatboxingby Nate Ball: TV Host, Author, Beatboxer, and Engineer for Real-life Superheros Watch Preview Video Curie Stage Saturday, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    Special Note: Nate Ball will sign his book, Alien in My Pocket, on Book Signing Table 2 on Saturday at 2:30 PM. He will also present on the Book Fair stage on Saturday at 2:00 PM.
    The host of PBS's Emmy and Peabody award winning series Design Squad and Design Squad Nation, Nate Ball isn't just any engineer: he's also an All-American pole vaulter, a jazz pianist, a nationally competitive beatboxer, and a co-inventor of the ATLAS Powered Ascender: an actual version of Batman's grappling hook rescue system. 
    With live demos of real-life superhero gear and some of the best beatboxing in the country, Nate's show and the science behind it will rock your world.
    The consummate innovator, Nate -- who as a child growing up in Oregon was building underground forts, bottle-rocket launchers, go carts, hovercraft, and Telsa coils -- brings that same passion and enthusiasm to Design Squad to inspire young learners. ¨"I like to push limits. I like to do stuff that's big and fast and explodes",¨ he admits with a smile.
    Nate is also daredevil. He free-runs up walls and trees because he loves the thrill of doing something scary… and succeeding.
    What attracted him to engineering? ¨The constant challenge of solving cool problems,¨ says Nate, who holds a Bachelor's degree and Master's in mechanical engineering from MIT. Before making it big on Design Squad as host, he served as co-host on the show while serving as a mentor to eight budding engineers.

    Special Note: Nate Ball will also perform on the Book Fair stage on Saturday at 2:00 PM and will sign books on Book Signing Table 2 on Saturday at 2:30 PM.

    The host of PBS's Emmy and Peabody award winning series Design Squad and Design Squad Nation, Nate Ball isn't just any engineer: he's also an All-American pole vaulter, a jazz pianist, a nationally competitive beatboxer, and a co-inventor of the ATLAS Powered Ascender: an actual version of Batman's grappling hook rescue system. 

    With live demos of real-life superhero gear and some of the best beatboxing in the country, Nate's show and the science behind it will rock your world.

    The consummate innovator, Nate -- who as a child growing up in Oregon was building underground forts, bottle-rocket launchers, go carts, hovercraft, and Telsa coils -- brings that same passion and enthusiasm to Design Squad to inspire young learners. ¨"I like to push limits. I like to do stuff that's big and fast and explodes",¨ he admits with a smile.

    Nate is also daredevil. He free-runs up walls and trees because he loves the thrill of doing something scary… and succeeding.

    What attracted him to engineering? ¨The constant challenge of solving cool problems,¨ says Nate, who holds a Bachelor's degree and Master's in mechanical engineering from MIT. Before making it big on Design Squad as host, he served as co-host on the show while serving as a mentor to eight budding engineers.

  • It's Okay to Be Smart - And Cool - About Science!by Joe Hanson, host/writer of PBS Digital Studios' 'It's Okay to Be Smart' Watch Preview Video Einstein Stage Saturday, 04:30 PM - 05:00 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule! Curie Stage Sunday, 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Joe Hanson, Ph.D. biologist and uber cool, erudite host/writer of PBS Digital Studios' “It's Okay to Be Smart” science show on YouTube, will bring his down-to-earth, hip style of science to the Festival Expo, shedding light on a wide array of topics, from microbes and the solar system, in unforgettable, exciting ways! On stage, Joe will explain that we don’t need to open a comic book to find interesting superpowers. Evolution has created wonders that even Krypton couldn’t dream up.

    For more information on Joe, visit http://www.youtube.com/itsokaytobesmart and http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com

  • Science Showdown!by The Franklin Institute Watch Preview Video Einstein Stage Saturday, 05:30 PM - 06:00 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule! Curie Stage Sunday, 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Science Showdown is an interactive tour-de-force with two sci-athletes engaging in a battle for science supremacy. From the opening bell, our sci-athletes will explain the science behind a series of demonstrations.

    The referee will keep everything in line and administer fouls as necessary.

    Topics are chosen from a hat and each participant is asked to perform a demonstration based on the selected topic. Topics include, but are not limited to: air pressure, liquid nitrogen, rocketry, and combustion.

    Volunteers are brought onstage to assist us in performing the demos with the entire audience acting as the judges to help determine who reigns supreme in this science showdown.

    New for this year we have an ending so big, we really can't discuss it any further. 

  • Science of the Paranormalby Dr. Joe Schwarcz -- McGill University Watch Preview Video Curie Stage Saturday, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: Joe Schwarcz will sign books at Book Signing Table 3 on Saturday at 11:00 AM.

    Since the dawn of civilization humans have been fascinated by phenomena which appear to lie outside the scope of science. Our history is peppered with accounts of psychics predicting the future, mediums conversing with the dead, and aliens in UFO's abducting earthlings. Today, there is widespread belief that the moon and planets influence our behavior, that "psychic surgeons" can remove tumors without making incisions and that Uri Geller bends spoons with the power of his mind.

     

    In a must-see presentation covering paranormal phenomena, Dr. Joe Schwarcz, a noted chemist and Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science & Society, explores if these effects really lie outside the scope of modern day science. He demonstrates how many of the effects can be explained by perfectly "natural" means. His presentation will also be highlighted by a number of interactive activities aimed at increasing the awareness of the need to evaluate "paranormal" phenomena by critical scientific methods.

     

    Dr. Joe (as he is known by his students and fans in Canada) is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. The recipient of numerous honors for his work, he is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry. He hosts "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal's CJAD and has appeared many times on The Discovery Channel, CTV, CBC, TV Ontario and Global Television.  

  • Meet Edgy and Exciting NOVA ScienceNow Host and Yahoo's Technology Evangelist David Pogueby David Pogue, NOVA ScienceNow Host Watch Preview Video Bell Stage Sunday, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: David Pogue will sign books on Book Signing Table 3 on Sunday at 2:00 PM.

    His high-profile credentials include hosting the popular NOVA ScienceNow series on PBS, writing tech columns for the New York Times and Scientific American,  serving as an Emmy Award-winning technology correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning - and even conducting Broadway musicals!

    You'll get the chance to meet and hear David Pogue next April when he brings his versatile and edgy style of science journalism and high-tech expertise to the Festival Expo.

    In addition to his posts at the New York Times, Scientific American, NOVA and CBS Morning News, David (with more than 3 million books in print), is one of the world's best-selling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the For Dummies series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music).

    In 1999, he even launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called The Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.

    Of all his roles in the media, David, who originally trained in music, is perhaps more immediately known as the host of NOVA ScienceNow where he offers an edgy take on science as he is immersed in hilarious and dangerous situations. (The previous host was the venerated astrophysicist and science communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson.)

  • Be Inspired By Miss California and Runner-Up Miss America!by Crystal Lee - Miss California and Stanford University Science Graduate Standout Watch Preview Video Einstein Stage Saturday, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: Crystal Lee will sign autographs directly after her performance.

    Crystal Lee's dream to succeed in the higher echelons of pageants began when she was 15 years old and reached a dramatic pinnacle this year when she was crowned Miss California and this fall named first runner-up of the 2013 Miss America Pageant.

    But beauty, poise and grace are not the only qualities that make this 22 year-old Stanford University graduate a standout: She's also a burgeoning talent in the field of high-tech, displaying a particular passion for entrepreneurial startups and furthering the role of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

    You'll get the opportunity to learn more about Crystal - including how she is using her recent pageant successes to inspire others in STEM -when she appears next April as part of the Festival Expo's stellar lineup of science celebrity performers at the Washington, DC Convention Center. 

    So passionate is she about science and technology, particularly the need for more women in fields of STEM, that she used it as her platform issue for the Miss America competition.

    In addition, last year, Crystal got involved with a startup, called Nanoly, a female-led startup based in Boulder, Colorado that uses nanotechnology to enable vaccines to be transported and delivered without the need for refrigeration to rural and impoverished areas of the world. Coincidentally, she was introduced to the startup by Miss Oakland 2011, the company's lead researcher.

    Find out more at the 2014 Expo!

  • Surviving an Apocalypse or Zombie Invasionby Chris Hackett Watch Preview Video Einstein Stage Saturday, 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule! Curie Stage Sunday, 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    He's often called America's consummate DIYer - a professional tinkerer and Road Warrior-like recycler with a passion (even obsession) for teaching others how to turn forgotten items of junk into ingenious tools of survival just in case the unthinkable happens.  The unthinkable? Yes, man-made or natural apocalyptic disasters, or even an invasion by zombies!
    Don't miss the opportunity to meet and hear Chris Hackett, co-founder of Brooklyn, New York's noted Madagascar Institute and host of the Science Channel's wildly popular DIY show, “Stuck With Hackett”, when he brings his unforgettable gonzo-style approach to tinkering to the Festival Expo next April as a stage show performer!
    Chris will be particularly showing off his “scientifically redeeming zombie-killing techniques." 

    He's often called America's consummate DIYer - a professional tinkerer and Road Warrior-like recycler with a passion (even obsession) for teaching others how to turn forgotten items of junk into ingenious tools of survival just in case the unthinkable happens.  The unthinkable? Yes, man-made or natural apocalyptic disasters, or even an invasion by zombies!

    Don't miss the opportunity to meet and hear Chris Hackett, co-founder of Brooklyn, New York's noted Madagascar Institute and host of the Science Channel's wildly popular DIY show, “Stuck With Hackett”, when he brings his unforgettable gonzo-style approach to tinkering to the Festival Expo next April as a stage show performer!

    Chris will be particularly showing off his “scientifically redeeming zombie-killing techniques." 

  • Sleight- of-Hand: Explore the Science of Illusionby Apollo Robbins Watch Preview Video Bell Stage Sunday, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    His act is so smooth and benign that Forbes magazine calls him the "artful manipulator of awareness." Adding to the reputation of this maestro of the sleight-of-hand is the fact he once picked the pockets of the Secret Service while he entertained a former President!

    Be in the audience when Apollo Robbins brings his amazing array of illusionary skills to the Festival’s finale Expo next April, giving audiences an unforgettable look inside the "Science of Illusion".

    His talents as a performer – especially his skill as a master pickpocket -- have made him a favorite with such media outlets as ABC, Fox, CBS and Discovery Channel, in addition to making him in demand by an A-List clientele for which he travels the world performing.

    Apollo’s performances utilize pick-pocketing and sleight-of-hand to demonstrate proximity manipulation, diversion techniques, and how easily our awareness and attention control can be manipulated.

    Known as “The Gentleman Thief” he handles his participants in a non-intrusive way, without embarrassing them, often giving his audience a behind-the-scenes view.

    Apollo’s trademark is his unique ability to tell his “target” that he is about to steal from them, before he does it, right under their nose.

    He has also collaborated with academics in his quest to understand how awareness and attention can be manipulated. He's co-author of a paper published in 2011 in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience that explores something he noticed in his countless hours of practice: people's eyes are more easily misdirected to follow a curve than a straight line.

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