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How would you like to interact for an entire day with some of the most fascinating minds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)? You'll get to do just that on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC when the Festival presents the X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium.

Experience the extreme side of science when this all-day event, presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune, takes you up close and personal with innovators who are not only at the cutting edge of their field, but in many cases, setting the direction of where science and technology is going tomorrow!

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, teachers and others will have the opportunity to sit in on multiple engaging presentations, live demonstrations and hands-on workshops with leaders in such fields as space exploration, green technology, storm chasing, the science behind Hollywood TV and film stunts, oceanography, genetics, science policy making, nanotechnology, computer science, biomimicry, and biotech start up companies.

Here are just several exciting symposium presenters who are sure to inspire audiences:

francis collinsFrancis Collins, Ph.D. – He's known for his landmark discoveries in genetics and for leading the Human Genome Project to completion. Now discover the challenges he faces as he heads the prestigious National Institutes of Health!


Lori Garver PhotoLori Beth Garver – She became interested in space while working for former Senator John Glenn and served as the lead civil space policy advisor for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign before being appointed to her current post of Deputy Administrator of NASA. Learn from this leading space policy expert about the future direction of NASA as it charts a new course in both the governmental and commercial sectors!



Saul Griffith 2014 X-STEM Presenter RSSaul Griffith, Ph.D. – This noted inventor and entrepreneur focuses on creating practical things we all can use – from low-cost eyeglasses and cartoons that teach kids science, to a kite that tows boats, and new ways to generate power. You'll be blown away by what he's thinking of next!

tjianRobert Tjian, Ph.D. – Learn 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 the president of the powerful Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), one of the world's largest private funders of biomedical research!

west jamesJames West, Ph.D. – This acoustical scientist is world-known for his invention of the groundbreaking foil electret microphone, which became the most common type of condenser microphone used in sound recording, telephones and other applications. Learn how he turned his childhood fascination with electricity into a career as a world-class innovator in acoustics!








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 are limited and offered by invitation only)
--General Admission: $25 per person (early bird rate)
-- K-12 Students and Educators: $15 per person (early bird rate)
Note: The X-STEM Ticket Purchase Form is coming soon! Please sign up here to be notified when registration opens..

Option 2 – Start an X-STEM School Ambassador Team for your school and come to the X-STEM Symposium for FREE!
Registering your school as an X-STEM School allows students on the X-STEM Ambassador Team to become student STEM Leaders for their school and community. Ambassadors to the 3rd USA Science and Engineering Festival play a critical role in increasing awareness for the 2014 Festival through marketing and outreach efforts. In exchange for their efforts, Ambassadors are invited to attend the Festival's special X-STEM event on April 24, 2014 at no cost, in addition to earning valuable community service credits for college applications and resumes. X-STEM Schools get their own Festival web page, preferential registration for the Nifty Fifty program, reduced School exhibitor fees, and preferred School Bus Grant applications.

For more information on the X-STEM Ambassador program, and to register click here

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