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2014 Stage Shows

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  • Some Very Cool Hands-on Scienceby Interactive Science Programs Watch Preview Video Curie Stage Saturday, 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Most people have seen the movie Terminator II where the T-1000 terminator becomes frozen in liquid nitrogen. In this chilling performance your students will explore what would happen if the liquid nitrogen fell on them.

    As one of ISP's most popular programs, it involves experiments that look at the various industrial uses of liquid nitrogen and other cryogenic techniques.

    This program also involves an examination of everyday uses of very cold material, what happens to things in cold environments and there by products such as carbon dioxide.

    This program would not be complete without both students and teacher's participation. Both are invited to come on stage and assist in selected experiments. There's never a shortage of volunteers. Maybe you will be the lucky one to help us with that part of the program.

    ISP tells the students to question, read and most of all listen and learn; and then like all good action movies, this one ends with a bang. Don't miss this engaging performance, you won't only learn about science; you'll learn you are already a scientist. 

  • The Very Cool Mr. Freezeby Fermilab Lockheed Martin stage Sunday, 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note:
    This presentation begins at 3:!5pm

     

    In an exciting and explosive presentation, learn the basics of gases, liquids and solids using cryogenics -- a branch of physics that deals with the production and effects of very low temperatures. In demonstrations with liquid nitrogen, (which is used, among other things, in science to keep particle excelerators cool), Mr. Freeze helps bring cryogenics down to Earth in unforgettable ways!

    Mr. Freeze is engineer Jerry Zimmerman of the Fermilab where he works on new detector research and machine design. He has been doing cryogenic shows for schools for the past 20 years, and has been Mr. Freeze for the last 15 years. He conducts approximately 40 performances annually at schools and organizations before 4,000 to 5,000 kids, encouraging them to get excited about science.

    Jerry went to college at Northern Illinois University, and before coming to Fermilab, he worked ten years in the Aerospace Industry at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado. For his work as Mr. Freeze, he was presented in 2007 with the Fermilab's prestigious Director's Award for advancing science education.

    Mr. Freeze demonstrations have been a voluntary outreach initiative by Fermilab since the 1970’s. 

  • Discover From the 3M Visiting Wizards That Science IS Fun!by 3M Visiting Wizards Bell Stage Saturday, 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule! Bell Stage Sunday, 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    Explore the mysteries of chemistry, air pressure, sound and music, and the science of the ultra-cold with the amazing 3M Visiting Wizards, whose unforgettable hands-on demonstrations and experiments will show that science is truly FUN!
    Using exciting interactive activities from science learning kits developed especially for classrooms and the Visiting Wizards by 3M scientists, the Wizards will bring their special style of STEM discovery to wow young visitors at the Expo!
    The Visiting Wizards have used its science activities and learning kits, covering 29 different topics, successfully in classrooms throughout the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) metro area. The program's learning kits were developed by three 3M scientists: analytical chemists Gary Korba and Jeff Payne, and health physicist Mike Lewandowski.
    Widely known in K-12 outreach circles, the Visiting Wizards show elementary and middle school students how to have fun while learning first-hand about the scientific principles behind the program's' demonstrations. Its hands-on educational and fun interactions  -- ranging from catapults, to crime mystery experiments, creating slime, cryogenics and unmasking the secrets of color and light -- have dazzled countless students since the program's inception in 1985.
    In addition, other national corporations have modeled their own outreach programs after the Visiting Wizards.

    Explore the mysteries of chemistry, air pressure, sound and music, and the science of the ultra-cold with the amazing 3M Visiting Wizards, whose unforgettable hands-on demonstrations and experiments will show that science is truly FUN!

    Using exciting interactive activities from science learning kits developed especially for classrooms by 3M scientists, the 3M Visiting Wizards will bring their special style of STEM discovery to wow young visitors!

    The 3M Visiting Wizards have used its science activities and learning kits, covering 29 different topics, successfully in classrooms throughout the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) metro area. The presentations at the Expo will be performed by analytical chemists Gary Korba and Jeff Payne, and health physicist Mike Lewandowski.

    Widely known in K-12 outreach circles, the 3M Visiting Wizards show elementary and middle school students how to have fun while learning first-hand about the scientific principles behind the program's' demonstrations. Its hands-on educational and fun interactions  -- ranging from catapults, to crime mystery experiments, creating slime, cryogenics and unmasking the secrets of color and light -- have dazzled countless students since the program's inception in 1985. In addition, other national corporations have modeled their own outreach programs after the 3M Visiting Wizards.

  • Meet our Emcees: Autria Godfrey, Anchor of Good Morning Washington and ABC7 News at Noonby Autria Godfrey

    Autria Godfrey and Jummy Olabanji will be Emceeing at the Chevron Preview Event.

    Autria Godfrey is anchor of Good Morning Washington and ABC7 News at Noon. She came to WJLA in 2011 from CBS Newspath and Fox News Edge where she was a freelance reporter and producer. Before moving to mornings, Autria served as weekend anchor and reporter where her major stories included anchoring ABC7’s continuous coverage during the Navy Yard Shooting, and her political reporting during Vote 2012 earned her an Emmy nomination. A graduate of Texas A&M University, she has also served as White House/Congressional correspondent for the Tribune Broadcasting Washington D.C. Bureau.

  • Meet our Emcees: Jummy Olabanji, Anchor of Good Morning Washington and ABC7 News at Noonby Jummy Olabanji

    Jummy Olabanji and Autria Godfrey will be Emceeing at the Chevron Preview Event.

    Jummy Olabanji is an Emmy award-winning reporter and anchor who joined ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8 in 2011. She currently anchors Good Morning Washington and ABC7 News at Noon alongside her colleague Autria Godfrey. Jummy, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Virginia Tech and a Master’s in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University, has also served as a reporter and anchor at WTKR-TV in Norfolk and WCAV-TV in Charlottesville, and started her career as a news assistant at CNN’s Washington DC bureau. 

  • Meet our Emcees: Jacqui Jeras, Meteorologist for ABC7 and Good Morning Americaby Jacqui Jeras

    Jacqui Jeras will be Emceeing on the Bell Stage on Friday for the Opening Ceremony.

    Jacqui Jeras is the meteorologist for ABC7’s Good Morning, Washington and can be seen weekdays from 4:30-7:00 a.m. and during Good Morning America. Jacqui joined WJLA from CNN where she was a meteorologist and weather reporter for more than a decade. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina helped the network earn a Peabody Award. A graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in journalism, Jacqui is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist with the American Meteorological Society, and has also earned the seal of approval from the National Weather Association. 

  • From the DIY Movement to Saving Lives -- Skilled Trades Pack a Powerful Punch!by Mike Rowe Watch Preview Video Bell Stage Sunday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: Mike Rowe will perform on the Bell Stage on Saturday at 3:00 PM.  In addition, you might also catch Mike Rowe on the stage in the mikeroweWORKS Foundation Pavillion throughout the weekend.


    Skilled trade jobs rock! In a powerful panel presentation conducted by Mike Rowe, star of TV's Dirty Jobs series and founder and CEO of the mikeroweWorks Foundation, you'll discover how skilled trades are making a difference in myriad sectors of the real world -- from agriculture science and farming to the Maker/DIY movement and even in marine exploration by developing life-saving suits of armor that protect divers against sharks!

    Don't miss this unforgettable presentation whose panel members will include these skilled trade notables:

    --Mark Hatch, Chief Executive Officer of TechShop, a global leader in the Maker/DIY movement. Under Mark's leadership, TechShop's revenue has grown twentyfold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. In 2013, his book, The Maker Movement Manifesto, was released by McGraw-Hill Education, and San Francisco Business Times recognized Mark as one of “Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs.” Mark has spoken at industry and leading events like Techonomy, TEDx, and The Clinton Global Initiative.

    --Sue McCloskey, along with her husband, Mike, are owners of Fair Oaks Dairy Farms in Indiana, one of the largest dairy farms in the United States that uses both commercial and organic farming practices. They milk over 15,000 cows on a farm that creates its own energy through manure digesters. Through innovative use of skilled trade technology, Sue and her husband are also breaking down walls between farmers and consumers to increase education and dialogue about the food production industry, including powering their agritourism buses by a mix of cow and pig manure, and building high-tech facilities at their locations that afford visitors an interactive view of farming practices in action.

    --Brian Huff, CEO, Midwest Technical Institute (MTI). A former pipe welder, Brian co-founded MTI trade school in 1995 (the school was then known as the Midwest School of Welding). Today the school, headquartered in Springfield, ILL -- and having 7 campuses in 4 states -- is known as a leader in training skill trade professionals in such sectors as mechanical trades, allied health, and transportation.

    --Jeremiah Sullivan, a noted inventor and marine biologist, is founder of SharkArmor Tech and creator and technical innovator of the Neptunic Brand and products. In the late 1970's, he developed a flexible suit of armor for divers to wear while working around sharks. Today, under his new brand called SharkArmor Tech, he continues using the latest in skilled labor talent to manufacture new ways to advance his shark suits. These inventions have become the world standard among those who must work under hazardous circumstances with sharks in the open sea.

    --Matt Freund is a second-generation dairy farmer in Connecticut. He has always looked for opportunities to add innovation to his farm, including through skilled trade technology. These innovations have included: building a methane digester to create biofuel on their farm, installing 500-plus solar panels to generate enough solar energy needed to run the dairy farm, and inventing and marketing a product called CowPots, using a a by-product of dairy farming- cow manure. Through these initiatives, Matt has received regional and national awards in conservation.

  • Einstein Alive! (Find Him Walking the Expo Floor) by Marc Spiegel Watch Preview Video

    Albert Einstein was the most famous scientist of the 20th Century. Now actor/storyteller Marc Spiegel brings Einstein Alive! Using song and audience participation Einstein talks about his life and the adventures in his mind. Learn about how "strange" motion is, what "relative" really means, and why there are two parts to the Theory of Relativity. Families, adults and children of all ages from kindergarten to college, now is your chance to meet Professor Einstein, understand his theories and ask him questions as Marc Spiegel brings his award winning Einstein to life.

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

  • Meet our Emcees: Dave Mosher, Projects Editor, Popular Scienceby Dave Mosher

    Dave Mosher will be Emceeing on the Einstein Stage on Sunday.

    Whether its informing readers about the latest in gadgets, cars, DIY, science, or technology, Dave Mosher -- as Projects Editor of Popular Science -- is on it with a passion!
    As Projects Editor, he oversees the magazine's Manual section (formerly called How 2.0), in addition to covering the DIY, maker and hacker worlds, and helping develop PopSci.com's premier network of science and tech blogs.
    A self-described DIY geek, Dave grew up in his dad's automotive repair center in Ohio and later gravitated to science and technology journalism, covering physics, space, biology, the Maker Movement and more.  
    ¨I combine my passions for science, journalism and the do-it-yourself ethos to craft clear, accessible, and thought-provoking content across print, web, tablet, video, and whatever's next,¨ says Dave, who like the publication he works for, is infinitely curious.
    In addition to his post at Popular Science, Dave in his young career as a science and technology journalist has: launched and produced Discovery Space -- the Discovery Channel's first exclusive multimedia content hub focused on space and astronomy which is now part of Discovery News; covered NASA's robotic spaceflight programs, developed multimedia content as a staff writer for SPACE;com and LiveScience.com, served as a freelance writer for such publications as National Geographic News, and Scientific American, and contributed to Wired.com.
    He is a graduate of Ohio State University where he earned a B.S. and B.A. in Biology and Journalism respectively.

    Whether its informing readers about the latest in gadgets, cars, DIY, science, or technology, Dave Mosher -- as Projects Editor of Popular Science -- is on it with a passion!

    As Projects Editor, he oversees the magazine's Manual section (formerly called How 2.0), in addition to covering the DIY, maker and hacker worlds, and helping develop PopSci.com's premier network of science and tech blogs.

    A self-described DIY geek, Dave grew up in his dad's automotive repair center in Ohio and later gravitated to science and technology journalism, covering physics, space, biology, the Maker Movement and more.  

    ¨I combine my passions for science, journalism and the do-it-yourself ethos to craft clear, accessible, and thought-provoking content across print, web, tablet, video, and whatever's next,¨ says Dave, who like the publication he works for, is infinitely curious.

    In addition to his post at Popular Science, Dave in his young career as a science and technology journalist has: launched and produced Discovery Space -- the Discovery Channel's first exclusive multimedia content hub focused on space and astronomy which is now part of Discovery News; covered NASA's robotic spaceflight programs, developed multimedia content as a staff writer for SPACE;com and LiveScience.com, served as a freelance writer for such publications as National Geographic News, and Scientific American, and contributed to Wired.com.

    He is a graduate of Ohio State University where he earned a B.S. and B.A. in Biology and Journalism respectively.

  • Jon Scieszka - Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka Watch Preview Video
    Book Fair stage Sunday, 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule! Book Signing Table 1 Sunday, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    Special Note: Jon Scieszka will talk about Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor on the Curie stage on Sunday at 3:30 PM.
    Jon Scieszka has sold more than 11 million books, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, the Time Warp Trio series, Guys Read, Spaceheadz, and most recently, Battle Bunny with Mac Barnett. Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor, the first title in Jon’s new middle-grade science-themed series, illustrated by Brian Biggs, launches in August 2014.  He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    Special Note: Jon Scieszka will perform on the Curie Stage on Sunday at 3:30 PM.

    Jon Scieszka has sold more than 11 million books, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, the Time Warp Trio series, Guys Read, Spaceheadz, and most recently, Battle Bunny with Mac Barnett. Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor, the first title in Jon’s new middle-grade science-themed series, illustrated by Brian Biggs, launches in August 2014.  He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

  • The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Bodyby David Macaulay, author of Building Big Watch Preview Video Curie Stage Saturday, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Special Note: David Macaulay will sign books at Book Signing Table 3 on Saturday at 3:00 PM.

    Ever wondered how we breathe, or why? Or what happens to broccoli once your teeth have finished with it? Or how your eyes turn at the same time and in the same direction? Most of us don't stop to think about the countless everyday tasks our bodies perform automatically while we get on with our lives. And yet of all the complex things we encounter as we go through life, our bodies are probably the most remarkable of all...Explore everything from bones to bronchioles, noses to neurons in this clear, comprehensive and utterly engaging guide to the human body from award-winning author-illustrator David Macaulay, creator of the bestselling "The New Way Things Work". David Macaulay's research took several years, during which he sat in on anatomy classes, dissections and numerous operations. "The New Way Things Work" has enjoyed phenomenal global success, selling millions of copies worldwide, spending fifty weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list, and being translated into dozens of languages.:

  • Meet Our Student Emcees: Grayce Angle, Junior at West Springfield High Schoolby Grayce Angle

    Grayce Angle will be Emceeing on the Bell Stage on Friday.

    Grayce Angle is 16 years old and a Junior at West Springfield high school. She has participated in Speech competitions across the country, competing the events of Declamation, Impromptu, and Original Oratory. In 2011, she earned 5th Place at the George Mason University Patriot Games National Speech Tournament in Declamation, and in 2012 she earned 1st place in same event. She plays the violin as well, and has found that music and public speaking are her passions. She won 9th place in the Nation for her Individual Performance about the role of music in history at 2013 National History Day competition.  Grayce has volunteered for all three festivals at all levels with duties including rolling posters, packaging bookmarks and assisting with volunteer meetings.  She was an emcee for the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival at Sneak Peek Friday and for the Book Fair at the age of 14.

  • Meet Our Student Emcees: Kevin Baker, High School Freshmanby Kevin Baker

    Kevin Baker will be Emceeing on the Einstein Stage on Saturday.

    Kevin Baker is a freshman currently attending high school in Howard County, Maryland.  He's passionate about STEM initiatives and high tech careers.  He also is interested in a future career in medicine and primary care.  In his spare time, Kevin loves to read and volunteer for a variety of organizations (including the Festival).

  • Meet Our Student Emcees: Larry Davis, Future Environmental Engineerby Larry Davis

    Larry Davis will be Emceeing on the Curie Stage on Saturday.

    I look back at my seventeen years of existence and realize that I haven't always been the STEM advocate that I am today. When I was ten, I wanted to be a judge; I suppose the symbolic power of a gavel was very alluring to me at the time. Then one day in my environmental science class, my teacher taught the class about global warming and how it will impact present and future generations. A little thought cloud began to float around my head stating, “Wow…that sucks…”. Afterwards, my drive for saving the environment increased exponentially. Now after 7 years from that class lecture; I know what I want to be: an Environmental Engineer!

  • William Gurstelle - Backyard Ballisticsby William Gurstelle Watch Preview Video
    Book Fair stage Saturday, 04:30 PM - 05:00 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule! Book Signing Table 1 Saturday, 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule! Book Fair stage Sunday, 12:30 PM - 01:00 PM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule! Book Signing Table 1 Sunday, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    William Gurstelle is an engineer, award winning writer, and inventor. He is best known as an author of science and technology books such as Backyard Ballistics. He currently has 12 books in print. Over 500,000 copies of his books have been sold worldwide and his publishers include the Chicago Review Press in the USA, Goldmann and Rogner-Bernhard in Germany, and Sterling in Great Britain. William is among the most prolific do-it-yourself technology writers in the world having published hundreds of articles on that subject. In addition to being a contributing editor at Make Magazine and Popular Mechanics, his work has appeared in Popular Science, Wired, The Atlantic, and the Wall Street Journal. Through his on-air roles at the national PBS television show Make: Television, Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet show, and The Teaching Company’s Great Courses, he has been influential in science and technology education.  William Gurstelle earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He holds a professional engineering license from the state of Minnesota and worked in various engineering and management positions prior to becoming a full time writer.

  • Andrea Beaty - Rosie Revere, Engineerby Andrea Beaty
    Book Fair stage Saturday, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule! Book Signing Table 2 Saturday, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule! Book Fair stage Sunday, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule! Book Signing Table 1 Sunday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

     

    Special Note: Andrea Beaty will be part of the Meet the Women Leaders Spearheading Cool and Fascinating Ways to Inspire Girls in STEM! Panel on the Curie stage on Sunday at 2:30 PM.

    Special Note: Andrea Beaty will perform on the Curie Stage on Sunday at 2:30 PM.

    Andrea Beaty is the author of many books for children, including the New York Times bestselling picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; Secrets of the Cicada Summer; and Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies. Andrea was raised in a small southern Illinois town, where her family ran a tiny grocery store. When she wasn’t roaming the nearby fields with her brothers and sisters, she was reading Nancy Drew mysteries up in the branches of a maple tree. Andrea now lives outside Chicago with her family.

  • Loralee Leavitt - Candy Experimentsby Loralee Leavitt Watch Preview Video
    Book Fair stage Saturday, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM 30 Minutes Add to Schedule! Book Signing Table 2 Saturday, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Loralee Leavitt destroys candy for the
    sake of science in her book Candy Experiments with bubbling Warheads, giant gummi worms, M&M comets, and candy crystals.  Her next candy
    experiments book will be published in 2015. This is her third appearance at the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

  • Meet the Scientists/Engineers - Safeguarding America's Nuclear Materialby U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Career Pavilion Sunday, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulates nuclear power plants and regulates nuclear material that is used in science, medicine and industry. Come talk to our experts to find out that Nuclear material is used for many things besides nuclear power such as detecting and treating certain illnesses to locating cracks in steel to even measuring the amount of air whipped into ice cream!

  • Meet the Scientists/Engineers - Behind the Scenes of Pharmacyby American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Career Pavilion Sunday, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    Ever wonder what pharmacy can do outside the drug store or supermarket? Come meet pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists working in fields you’d never expect: infectious disease research, neuropharmacology, drug development, medicinal chemistry and more!

  • Meet the Scientists/Engineers - Discovering the Forefront of Space Explorationby National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Career Pavilion Saturday, 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!

    At NASA, our mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.  To do that, thousands of people have been working around the world – and in space – for more than 50 years to answer some basic questions.  What's out there in space?  How do we get there?  What will we find?  What can we learn there — or learn just by trying to get there — that will make life better here on Earth?  Come meet with the scientists and engineers that are working to answer these questions – and learn more about what NASA is doing NOW!

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