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XSTEM logo final tagThe excitement and anticipation for the 2014 Festival Expo continues to mount as some of the most inspiring and engaging minds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sign on to wow students and others at the X-STEM Extreme Symposium, a program of Science Spark, on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.

Get ready for an unforgettable day of inspiration and education as this event brings you up close and personal with leading STEM professionals in such cutting-edge fields as space exploration, green technology, storm chasing, the science behind Hollywood stunts, oceanography, nanotechnology, computer science, biomimicry, and biotech start up companies.

Note: Act now to obtain limited tickets to the symposium by reading information at the bottom of this article.

Throughout the day, elementary through high school students will have the opportunity to sit in on multiple engaging presentations, live demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Here are just several exciting symposium presenters who are sure to inspire audiences:

Anousheh Ansari PhotopsdAnousheh Ansari – She captured headlines around the world in 2006 as the first female private space explorer, and also earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent. Discover how this serial entrepreneur is now helping to drive commercialization of the space industry.

alvin drew 2014 Nifty Fifty Speaker USA Science and Engineering FestivalAlvin Drew – This United States Air Force officer and former combat pilot is one of the last NASA astronauts to perform a spacewalk as part of the Shuttle Discovery's mission to the International Space Station. Learn while in space, he started the "Storytime in Space" reading program for children!

james kakaliosJames Kakalios, Ph.D. – What can we learn about physics from super heroes such as Spiderman the Flash? Plenty, says this noted researcher and author of "The Physics of Superheroes". Discover what he means!

2011-Speaker-DavidSchenoneDavid Schenone – Discover how this innovative leader at NIKE, Inc. is using the emerging science field of biomimicry to help Nike create some of the lightest and fastest sports footwear on the planet.

Karen Kosiba Photojosh-wurman 2014 Nifty Fifty Speaker USA Science and Engineering Festival RSKaren Kosiba, Ph.D. and Josh Wurman, Ph.D. – Learn first-hand from this storm chasing team what it was like to participate in VORTEX2, the largest-ever research project to explore what causes devastating tornadoes.





For a rundown on all X-STEM presenters, visit here. 

How to Attend the X-STEM Symposium:

Interested in attending an extreme day of STEM? Students, educators and STEM enthusiasts can participate by:

Option 1 – Buy a ticket (seats available for purchase are limited and will be offered by invitation only)
--General Admission: $25 per person (early bird rate)
-- K-12 Students and Educators: $15 per person (early bird rate)
Please sign up here to be notified when registration for paid tickets opens.

Option 2 – Sign on to be an X-STEM Ambassador to the Festival and attend at no cost!
The Ambassador program is appropriate for middle and high school-level students and their educators, as well as for STEM professionals. Ambassadors play a critical role in increasing awareness for the 2014 Festival through marketing and outreach efforts.

For more information and to sign up for the X-STEM Ambassador program click here. 

For more information on the X-STEM program and symposium follow this link.