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Imagine meeting these amazing science heroes and trailblazers: the geneticist who led the groundbreaking Human Genome Project to completion; the venture capital startup genius who launched more than 100 successful high-tech enterprises, including Zynga – the makers of the phenomenal video game FarmVille; and the scientists who are spearheading the massive undertaking to develop the next-generation space telescope to replace Hubble!

You'll get to know these phenomenal innovators and more at the Festival Expo's X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium on April 24 in Washington, D.C. where some of the nation's foremost achievers and motivators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be assembled to inspire you and your students like never before! Sign Up Now to Attend!

At the symposium, you'll experience the hands-on excitement from such leading experts as: renowned geneticist and current director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.; venture capital powerhouse Kevin Kinsella; surgical robotics developer Catherine Mohr, M.D.; and scientists Blake Bullock and Scott Willoughby who are heading Northrop Grumman's ambitious plans to introduce the exciting new James Webb Telescope by the end of the decade.

This unforgettable all-day event, presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune, will not only give you the opportunity to interact with these visionaries, but also with other prominent leaders in space exploration, green technology, storm chasing, the science behind Hollywood TV and film stunts, oceanography, science policy making, nanotechnology, computer science, biomimicry, and biotech entrepreneurship pursuits.

Which is why we want to be sure you don't miss out on this exciting "limited tickets only" event set for the Washington, D.C. Convention Center! Note: Act now to obtain your tickets to the symposium by reading information at the bottom of this article.

Throughout the day at the symposium, elementary through high school students, teachers and others will have the opportunity to sit in on multiple engaging presentations, live demonstrations and hands-on workshops with experts.

Here is further information on just several trailblazers who are sure to wow you at X-STEM Extreme:

francis collinsFrancis Collins, Ph.D. – He's known for his landmark discoveries in genetics and for leading the Human Genome Project to completion. Now discover the challenges he faces as he heads the prestigious National Institutes of Health and join in as he sings science rock songs!

2011-Speaker-DavidSchenoneDavid Schenone – Discover how this innovative leader at NIKE, Inc. is using the emerging science field of biomimicry to help Nike create some of the lightest and fastest sports footwear on the planet!

Kevin-2010-2Kevin J. Kinsella – This powerhouse on the venture capital start-up scene will show you the power of thinking big in launching promising businesses in life sciences and technology! He should know: he's started more than 100 such enterprises, including Zynga – the makers of the phenomenal video game FarmVille. He is also known for using his business acumen in producing the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys (and for co-producing the Grammy Award-winning Original Cast Recording of that production. 

Catherine Mohr PhotoCatherine Mohr, M.D. – She began her career developing alternative-energy vehicles and high-altitude aircraft, but discover why she is known today for a different high-tech pursuit: creating the next generation of surgical robots and robotic procedures!

Blake Bullock Image 2014 XSTEM SpeakerScott Willoughby 2014 xstem speakerBlake Bullock and Scott Willoughby -- What's involved in the massive undertaking to develop the next-generation space telescope to replace Hubble? Find out from this plain-speaking astronomer, Blake Bullock, and noted engineer, Scott Willoughby, who are heading Northrop Grumman's ambitious plans to introduce the James Webb Telescope by the end of the decade to capture images of the Big Bang as they appeared more than 13.7 billion years ago!




For a rundown on all X-STEM presenters, click here


How to Attend the X-STEM Symposium:

Interested in attending an extreme day of STEM? Students, educators and STEM enthusiasts can participate by:

Option 1 – Buy a ticket (seats are limited and offered by invitation only)

  • General Admission: $25 per person (early bird rate)
  • K-12 Students and Educators: $15 per person (early bird rate)

Note: The X-STEM Ticket Purchase Form is coming soon! Please sign up here to be notified when registration opens (opening very soon).

Option 2 – Start an X-STEM School Ambassador Team for your school and come to the X-STEM Symposium for FREE!

Registering your school as an X-STEM School allows students on the X-STEM Ambassador Team to become student STEM Leaders for their school and community. Ambassadors to the 3rd USA Science and Engineering Festival play a critical role in increasing awareness for the 2014 Festival through marketing and outreach efforts. In exchange for their efforts, Ambassadors are invited to attend the Festival's special X-STEM event on April 24, 2014 at no cost, in addition to earning valuable community service credits for college applications and resumes. X-STEM Schools get their own Festival web page, preferential registration for the Nifty Fifty program, reduced School exhibitor fees, and preferred School Bus Grant applications.

For more information on the X-STEM Ambassador program, and to register click here.

For more information on the X-STEM program and symposium follow this link.