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What two noted scientists at Northrop Grumman are spearheading efforts to usher in the amazing new high-tech space telescope to replace Hubble? Who was the first African American to walk in space? What famous molecular biologist now heads the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)?

You'll find out by meeting these exciting visionaries at the Festival Expo's X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium set for April 24 at the Washington D.C. Convention Center.

This unforgettable all-day event, presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune, will give students, teachers and others the opportunity to interact with a host of prominent leaders and pioneers in STEM, including 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. The deadline to register for the X-STEM Symposium is April 11. 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, middle through high school students, teachers and others will have the chance 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 inspire you at X-STEM Extreme:

09 GCEC SpeakBernardHarrisBernard Harris, M.D. – This physician served as a NASA astronaut from 1990 to 1996, including flying aboard STS-55 (Spacelab D-2), Columbia, and as Payload Commander on STS-63 in 1995 (in which he became the first African American to walk in space). Learn of his perspective on the future of space flight, and of his career transition to CEO of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm focused on early-stage companies in medical informatics and technology.

joe schwarcz reszeJoseph Schwarcz, Ph.D.– Meet Dr. Joe! Learn about the science of paranormal from this noted professor of chemistry from Canada's McGill University and how he uses his multi-faceted skills as a chemical scientist, magician, author, food expert and motivational speaker to inspire kids in science in fascinating ways!

tjianRobert Tjian, Ph.D.– Discover from this preeminent molecular biologist what is happening across a broad spectrum in the exciting world of life sciences research. He should know: Dr. Tjian is president of the powerful Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), one of the world's largest private funders of biomedical research!

Wendy-Jan2013Wendy A. Rogers, Ph.D.– Recent statistics reveal what most of us already knew: We as a population are living longer, and the generations after us will stand to live longer yet. Explore with this leading researcher how her lab is studying technologies, including assistive robotics, to help older individuals maintain their independent lives, and to age successfully.

paul-anastasPaul Anastas, Ph.D.– He's known as the "Father of Green Chemistry." Learn of the tireless and groundbreaking efforts of this leading chemist to create a more sustainable society.

Blake Bullock Image 2014 XSTEM SpeakerBlake Bullock and Scott Willoughby -- As high-tech professionals at Northrop Grumman, Blake, an astronomer, and Scott, an engineer, are spearheading efforts to usher in the James Webb Space Telescope, the next-generation space telescope replacing Hubble that is being developed for NASA.







Scott Willoughby 2014 xstem speaker


Register now to attend a full day dedicated to celebrating STEM! Click here to purchase your tickets! Remember the deadline is April 11 to register. 

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

(Teachers- contact us for a chance to obtain free tickets)

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