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The Expo Finale is just 43 days away! Here are some friendly reminders to plan for the largest celebration of STEM:

Dates: April 26 & 27, 2014
Times both days: 9am-6pm

The Expo is free of charge and open to all ages, however you can pre-register here for a chance to win big prizes. Do you have questions about what to expect, how to get to the Expo and more? Visit our FAQ Section by clicking this link. Are you coming from out of town? Book a hotel room at one of our Partner Hotels.

EXHIBITORS: Please note that we recently sent you an email warning of a hotel scam targeting our exhibitors. The scam includes phone calls and emails directly to our Festival contacts promising low hotel rates. DO NOT BOOK HOTELS through this organization. Please see the recent email for more information or contact us if you have any issues – exhibitors@usasciencefestival.org. 

HOW TO GET THERE:

The Expo will take place at the
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place (between 9th and 7th Streets NW on L Street NW)

We strongly suggest to use public transportation:
The Green and Yellow line Mt. Vernon Square/7th St Convention Center Metro Stop exits into the Convention Center. Click here to view interactive Metro map.

Please RVSP and share the event of Facebook following this link

Kavli Video Contest ImageKavli "Science in Fiction" Video Contest

The Kavli "Science in Fiction" video contest is calling on students in grades 6-12 to investigate how science is portrayed in TV, films, and games. The competition is now open to accept entries and closes on March 21, 2014. Click here for more information. 

Exhibitors: Create your own trading cards for the Expo! 

We came up with an inexpensive fun giveaway that Exhibitors can all participate in! Create a baseball style trading card with your organization's scientists and engineers. Then print out as many or few as you desire to give out in your booths. Watch the kids learn about your team members, trade the cards and have fun with STEM!

The template (and a pdf sample card) is downloadable from the Exhibitor Resources page here. It is the last item under Downloadable Materials.

The template is in a zip file which has the original artwork in Adobe Illustrator CS6 and the images and fonts. All you need to do on the front of the card is to drop in your organization's logo, a headshot of the scientist or engineer you wish to feature and their name. On the back, you can add a bunch of fun facts and info about featured scientist. If you have questions about how to use these files to create your own card(s), feel free to email Jenny Barnes at jennybarnes44@gmail.com

Last chance to Get your X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium Tickets!

Our X-STEM Symposium is nearly sold out! Students have the unique opportunity to view interactive presentations from some of the most innovative and inspiring STEM professionals in the country! Please urge your child's school to attend this new school tradition! Click here to view the agenda for Thursday, April 24, 2014 and read more about this amazing program highlighting our speakers in the X-STEM article below. 

Sneak peek Friday registration is open!

Is your child's school registered for "Sneak Peek" Friday? Be sure to let the teachers and administrators know about this unique opportunity to get a "Sneak Peek" of the Finale Expo on April 25, 2014! "Sneak Peek" Friday, sponsored by the Department of Defense, is opened only to schools, homeschoolers and Military Families we already have over 25,000 participants signed up! Click here to register today! 

Are you traveling from out of town to attend the largest celebration of STEM? Book a hotel room NOW at one of our Partner hotels through this link. Rooms will fill up fast since it's the busiest time of year in D.C.!  NOTE- please be aware of scammers calling and emailng about discounted rates. 

Show your support for the Festival! 

sid the science kidLooking for something for that budding scientist? Or what about that girl that loves to tinker? Future Scientist and Future Engineer t-shirts, baby onesies, water bottles, coffee mugs, pins, and phone covers are now available on the USA Science & Engineering Festival Online Store! Click here to help bring MORE kids to the Expo by purchasing super cool Festival merchandise! 

U.S. SENATE APPROVES "NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK"!

We are thrilled to announce that the Senate has backed the creation of "National Science Week" and acknowledged the efforts and ideals of the USA Science & Engineering Festival! [Sen. Res. 329] Thank you all so much for supporting the mission of the USA Science & Engineering Festival and spreading the word about National Science Week! Read more by clicking here

Help us spread the word on Social Media 

We encourage exhibitors, sponsors, X-STEM Schools Ambassadors, Volunteers, Parents, STEM enthusiasts and anyone associated with the Festival to help us spread the word by following our social media sites! Join us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and now Google + and Pinterest!

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