Washington, D.C. Metro area schools: Kick off the new school year on a high note with the Festival by signing up TODAY to bring an exciting, high-profile Nifty Fifty speaker to your institution! Yes the Nifty Fifty (times 3) -- the Festival's elite group of scientists, engineers and innovators -- are primed and ready to wow your middle and high school students during the 2013/2014 school year.
Applications from D.C.-area schools for Nifty Fifty visits are now being accepted, so apply now to reserve your top speaker choices!
Click here to sign up, and see the bottom of this article for additional program details.
Also note: October 11, 2013 is the deadline to apply to host a Nifty Fifty speaker during the 2013/2014 school year.
From space explorers, storm chasers and atom-smashing physicists to groundbreaking roboticists, science entrepreneurs and young innovators below the age of 30, the Festival's Nifty Fifty represents 150 of the nation's leading professionals in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Through exciting hands-on interaction with students, these speakers are ready to give unforgettable insight into their work, how they chose their profession, the challenges they faced, and opportunities available in the hot fields of tomorrow in STEM, and how to prepare.
Nifty Fifty presentations are not only highly informative and motivational, but add excitement and momentum to Festival activities in the weeks leading up to the event's massive finale Expo celebration set for the weekend of April 26-27, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
Here's a brief look at just some of the high-profile Nifty Fifty speakers who are primed and ready to present at your school:
Kipp Bradford – If you ever wondered about the power and direction of the Maker Movement, you only have to look at the young career of this biomedical engineer and inventor. In the past decade he has founded or co-founded 3 key high tech startup companies in the fields of medical devices, transportation and consumer products. Discover what drives him, and why he believes Makers are poised to solve some of the globe's most pressing challenges in high technology!
Reginald Brothers, Ph.D. – At a time when the nation stands ready to respond swiftly and effectively to military and security threats around the world at moment's notice, his position as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research at the U.S. Department of Defense is critical in assuring that we have the necessary science and technological innovation to accomplish the mission!
Ruthe Farmer – This leader at the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) was recently honored by the White House for her work to increase female participation in technology and engineering. Learn how she also launched technological initiatives with such powerhouses as Intel, Lego Robotics and FIRST Robotics to heighten motivation in STEM.
Padhu Seshaiyer, Ph.D. – This professor of Mathematical Sciences is on a personal mission to change the often-negative perception young students have about math. Discover the motivating techniques he uses to turn math haters into math lovers!
Don Thomas, Ph.D. – He's been an astronaut on four different Space Shuttle missions, but discover why this engineer says his most rewarding job is the one he has now – motivating the next generation of young scientists as director of Towson University's Hackerman Academy of Mathematics and Science!