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The Nifty Fifty Program is back with an elite group of researchers and professionals in science and engineering who wowed students during the last year's Festival with their inspirational school visits and talks!

But, more good news: We're tripling the number of participating Nifty Fifty speakers to 150 so that more schools and classrooms can experience these fascinating renowned experts during the 2013-2014 school year! The "Nifty Fifty (times 3)", as these noted science and engineering professionals are called, will soon be preparing to fan out across the Washington, DC area to speak about their work and careers at various middle and high schools.

Nifty FiftyTo help make this happen, we are asking Festival Partners to nominate at least one of their scientists, engineers or related professionals to be considered for this elite cadre of professionals. We are especially looking for nominees who are passionate about what they do – and have the proven experience and desire to communicate that passion to young students in engaging and interactive ways.

And, if you are a school in the greater Washington D.C. area with interest in having a Nifty Fifty speaker come to your school, please fill out this brief interest form so that we can notify you when we begin accepting applications for the program.

Featuring some of the most inspiring role models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM), the Nifty Fifty is a signature program of the USA Science and Engineering Festival. It is dedicated to presenting students hands-on information on some of the most exciting fields and careers in STEM, including: green technology, robotics, human health and medicine, astronomy and space exploration, nanotechnology, computer science, and science related to business startups, law, public policy, and more!

Here is just a "sneak peek" at some of the Nifty Fifty speakers that have been selected so far:

jack andrakaJack Andraka – This 15 year-old high school freshman from Baltimore has set the medical science community abuzz by developing an innovative diagnostic test that detects pancreatic cancer more accurately, quicker and cheaper than existing tests. Discover how he did it!


2014 NF BIO -- ROBERT CAREYRobert Carey – He's the U.S. Defense Department's Principal Chief Information Officer. Learn how this key official at the Pentagon is leading the effort to consolidate and standardize America's Defense information technology and strengthen its cyber security!


Mary Cleave PhotoMary Cleave, Ph.D. – She's ranked with Sally Ride and others for her pioneering achievements in space flight as a NASA Shuttle astronaut and scientist. Discover how the two Shuttle missions of this environmental engineer reinvigorated her efforts to protect the Earth and its atmosphere!


Alfredo-Quinones-HinojosaAlfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D. – This eminent neurosurgeon and researcher at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine says: "My hands used to pick weeds as an immigrant in this country. Now they perform brain surgery." Hear his amazing story!


Susan-SolomonSusan Solomon – Discover how this successful attorney and health care advocate became inspired to establish the New York Stem Cell Foundation in her apartment and nurture this organization to where it is one of the world's leading non-profit entities in stem cell research today!





View all of our exciting Nifty Fifty Speakers here.