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ScienceFest-6885In commenting on the critical need to expose young learners to hands-on interaction in and outside the classroom, John Goodland, the famous educational researcher and theorist, once said. "Students need to see, touch and smell what they read and write about."

Kids will definitely have the chance to do just that -- and more -- at Festival Expo 2014 this month through an exciting array of interactive, world-class exhibits. These hands-on experiences will not only pique curious minds, but give young students and others a chance to delve into the mysteries of our natural world with STEM experts, solve problems with others and learn how science is applied to real-life situations.
So get set to be inspired at the Expo, scheduled April 26-27 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center! Here, for example, are some of the dynamic hands-on exhibits and stage presentations that are sure to wow children between the ages of 6 through 10 and older:

Kids! Discover the World of Lockheed Martin -- With more than 35 presentations at its various stage and exhibit venues, Lockheed Martin, the Festival's founding and presenting host, offers myriad opportunities for STEM discovery. For instance: Try on cold weather gear and learn what it's like to live and work in Antarctica (the coldest place on Earth); see the amazing cheetah-inspired robot; find out about the Mars One missions based on the Lockheed Martin Phoenix Mars Lander design; use an iPad genome browser to learn how genomics is personalizing medicine; pilot the Orion Human Space Flight simulator -- and more!

GoldieBlox: Inspiring Future Women Innovators -- Learn how GoldieBlox, the dynamic new toy designing startup company founded by Stanford engineering grad Debbie Sterling, is gaining national attention by creating innovative construction kits and toys that encourage girls to develop an early interest and skill set in engineering.

Out of This World Fun! -- Let Activity Rocket be your guide to introducing you to exciting resources and venues where you can experience your favorite activities in STEM -- from science camps and Legos, to robotics and much more!

Where Science Meets Art -- Just for young boys and girls: Don't miss Texas A&M University's Visualization Lab where fun, interactive IPad experiences help learners explore the worlds where art, design and engineering intersect.

ScienceFest-7125Step Into the Girl Zone-- You'll discover why the Girl Zone is the place to be for some of the most inspirational and exciting STEM activities around -- with girls in mind! There will also be information for parents and educators on ways to get girls more involved in science and engineering.

Through My Window -- This is a thrilling vista through which children and young teens encounter engineering in a brand new way -- through a multimedia educational website that grabs you by the hand and pulls you into a world filled with stories, mysteries, explorations, and adventures!

The Mystery of Cells -- Discover in unforgettable hands-on activities how the trillions of cells that make up our body function and repair themselves daily. This exhibit is sponsored by the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM), California Institute for Regenerative Medicine( CIRM), and International Society for Stem Cell Research(ISSCR).

Science of Our Senses -- Come stimulate your senses at the AAAS exhibit and stage! Test how your brain processes how you see, smell, hear, taste and touch. Discover what the fly can teach us on how human sight evolved, and what we can learn from the bark beetle on the evolution of communication. Fun games and activities for the whole family!

Check out more exciting Festival Expo exhibits by clicking here.