The noted physician who became the first African American to walk in space. The avant garde neuroscientist and electrical engineer who founded the highly popular Backyard Brains neuroscience website network. The groundbreaking marine scientist-conservationist who is on a passionate, global mission to save the endangered humpback whale!
These are only a few of the fascinating minds and innovators you will meet in April 2014 when the Festival convenes the X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium in Washington, DC. This unforgettable all day gathering, presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune on Thursday, April 24, will give visitors the opportunity to hear and interact with some of the most prominent visionaries in science, technology, engineering and mathematics today.
Which is why we want to be sure you don't miss out on this exciting "limited tickets only" event set for the Washington, DC Convention Center.
Note: Act now to obtain your 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 you:
Bernard 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 Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm focused on early-stage companies in medical informatics and technology.
Nancy Conrad -- Learn how her Conrad Foundation (named for her late husband Apollo astronaut Pete Conrad) is making a dramatic impact in inspiring young students to use science, engineering and entrepreneurship to find viable solutions to some of the most daunting challenges facing us today -- from bioscience and renewable energy to aerospace engineering!
Greg Gage, Ph.D. -- Before earning his Ph.D. in Neuroscience, this noted brain scientist was an electrical engineer who loved tinkering with all things electric. Discover how he's molded this passion into "Backyard Brains" -- an exciting service in education which provides everyone from kids to grad students in science with cool neuroscience experiment kits and tools to help them better understand the electrophysiology workings of the brain and nervous system!
Nan Hauser, Ph.D. -- Hear how the work of this passionate scientist-conservationist in the remote tropical region of the Cook Islands is leading to promising inroads to study and save the endangered humpback whale!
Thomas D. Jones, Ph.D. -- What's it like to liftoff ona Shuttle mission bound for the International Space Station with 6 million pounds of thrust beneath you? Hang on for the ride of your life as this noted planetary scientist and former NASA astronaut takes you deep inside his 11-year career as a leading space explorer!
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.