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History-making achievers have a fascinating way of motivating and inspiring us by their stories of perseverance, determination and courage against great obstacles. That's why we are sure you're going to love the history-makers and trailblazers in science we have assembled for you next April at the Festival Expo's X-STEM Extreme Symposium in Washington, D.C.! Tickets are on sale now for this extraordinary opportunity! 

Consider: Barrington Irving, the aeronautical scientist who made history in 2007 by becoming the youngest person (and the first African American) to pilot a plane solo around the world; and J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., the famous researcher who led the first sequencing of the human genome!

You'll meet these pioneers and more at X-STEM Symposium on April 24 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center where we've assembled some of the nation's foremost innovators and achievers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to inspire you and your students like never before! 

This unforgettable all-day event, presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune, will give you the unforgettable opportunity to interact with a host of prominent leaders and pioneers 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 some of the trailblazers who are sure to motivate you at X-STEM Extreme:

John Grunsfeld PhotoJohn Mace Grunsfeld, Ph.D. – Learn first-hand from this five-time Space Shuttle crew member what goes on at liftoff and in other critical areas of a Shuttle mission!

michael-shermerMichael Shermer, Ph.D. – Why do humans tend to believe myths, conspiracies and the like? This noted author and publisher of Skeptic Magazine says the human tendency to believe strange things -- from alien abductions to dowsing rods -- boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills. Learn what they are, and how they get us into trouble!

Barrington Irving 2014 X-STEM Speaker RSBarrington Irving – In addition to his history-making flight (described above), discover how this trailblazer is now inspiring kids in aeronautical science by developing the first-ever flying classroom through his non-profit organization, Experience Aviation!

Nifty Fifty STEM speaker J Craig Venter 2014 USA Science  Engineering FestivalJ. Craig Venter, Ph.D. – Learn not only how he spearheaded the sequencing of the human genome, but also his thoughts on the future of DNA research, and his insights into what is needed today to really excite students about science (since he was once a bored science student himself)!

Karen Kosiba 2014 Nifty Fifty Speaker USA Science and Engineering Festivaljosh-wurman 2014 Nifty Fifty Speaker USA Science and Engineering Festival RSKaren Kosiba, Ph.D. and Josh Wurman, Ph.D. – Discover from these modern-day storm chasers what it is like to face down a killer tornado, and also about their groundbreaking research as participants in VORTEX2, the largest-ever study to explore what causes devastating storms and tornadoes.







Registration is now officially open to attend a full day dedicated to celebrating STEM! Click here to purchase your tickets! 

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

For more information on the X-STEM Symposium including the agenda for April 24, 2014 visit this link.