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They do the work – the gritty work – that keeps America moving. No doubt, skilled laborers such as mechanics, electricians, welders, bricklayers, plumbers, and air conditioning technicians are essential. But did you also know that these skilled trades, despite the grime and grease, represent some of today's most in-demand, high-paying positions in the nation? They are also among the fastest-growing jobs requiring training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Which is why students and others will not want to miss learning more about the burgeoning field of high-tech skilled labor April 26-27 at the Festival Expo set for the Washington, D.C. Convention Center! Our lineup of leading exhibitors in these in-demand careers will not only inspire you but give important insight into how these jobs use the latest technology, in addition to STEM training required, salary ranges, and what the future holds for skilled trades.

mikeroweKC-1206And to add to the excitement, don't miss America's most celebrated skilled worker advocate Mike Rowe, creator and host of the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs series and CEO of mikeroweWORKS. Mike will host the exciting "mikeroweWORKS Pavilion" at the Expo (with Caterpillar and other mikeroweWORKS partners) to encourage young people to explore a wide range of trade school and career options in the latest skilled trade industries.

Keep in mind, the upcoming Expo is shaping up to be our most active Festival Expo ever – so we strongly urge potential exhibitors in all STEM categories to act NOW to reserve your exhibit booth before space is completely sold out!

If you are a STEM institution, organization or K-12 school and have never participated in the Expo as an exhibitor, don't miss this unique opportunity to showcase your extraordinary work and programs in STEM through the high-profile venue of the Expo -- where your hands-on, interactive exhibit activities will be featured at an event to be attended by more than 250,000 visitors from around the world!

You'll also not want to miss the following high-profile event especially for Expo exhibitors:

VIP Preview hosted by Chevron --This special event, set for April 25, puts exhibitors in the spotlight during Expo Week by honoring them and their exhibits at an affair attended by prominent supporters of the Festival and industry leaders from the STEM Solutions Conference, a national confab sponsored by the Festival with U.S. News & World Report that will be taking place simultaneously that week at the Convention Center. Stay tuned for details!

So act now to reserve your Exhibit Booth by clicking here (space is running out).

Here are just a few exciting organizations (with their exhibits), which have signed up already in the field of skilled labor:

women in constructionWomen in Construction – Discover with The Professional Women in Construction (Washington DC Chapter) how women in diverse STEM fields are making a difference in the construction industry – from 3-D image technology and soil analysis to building and testing bridges.



tulsaYour Future in Electronics and Welding – Learn as experts from the Tulsa Welding School demonstrate how high-tech electronics and welding are playing vital roles in everything from shipbuilding to solar energy and refrigeration. In addition, get hands-on experience in welding with pros from Reality Works as they instruct you on their interactive Welding Simulator!


ashreHeating and Air Conditioning Engineering – Gain exciting insights into these fields with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) while participating in an ASHRAE experiment to explore the concept of hot air buoyancy!




Other Exciting Skilled Labor Exhibits – You'll also be inspired by demonstrations from such experts as: the American Society of Plumbing Engineers; American Society for Nondestructive Testing; American Welding Society Foundation; Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE); ASTM International; and the International Society of Explosives Engineers.

See more exciting Exhibitors by clicking here. Join us as a Festival Exhibitor by following this link!