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Our Nifty Fifty speakers are primed and ready, and apparently so are many K-12 teachers as requests continue to be received from classrooms to bring members of this elite group of scientists, engineers and innovators to schools in the Washington, DC Metro region for presentations during the 2013/2014 academic year.

If you are a school in the DC region, click here to apply NOW to have a Nifty Fifty program scientist, engineer or innovator come and speak at your institution. Also, see below for additional program details.

From space explorers, storm chasers and atom-smashing physicists to groundbreaking roboticists, science entrepreneurs and young innovators below the age of 30, the Festival's Nifty Fifty (times 3) represents 150 of the nation's leading professionals in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Through engaging hands-on interaction with students, these speakers are ready to give unforgettable insight into their work, how they chose their profession, the challenges they faced,opportunities available in the hot fields of tomorrow in STEM, and how to prepare.

Nifty Fifty presentations are not only highly informative and motivational, but add excitement and momentum to Festival activities leading up to the event's massive finale Expo celebration set for the weekend of April 26-27, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Here's just a brief look at the high-profile Nifty Fifty speakers who are primed and ready to present at your school:

2014 NF Bio Photo -- Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado2 rsAlejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Ph.D. – Discover how this researcher is using the planarian -- a flatworm with remarkable regenerative powers -- to study better ways in which physicians can repair human tissue, organs and body parts that cannot be naturally replaced when damaged by trauma or disease!

Bara Cola 2014 Nifty fifty speaker RSBaratunde "Bara" Cola, Ph.D. – This professor of Mechanical Engineering and former college football star was recently honored by President Obama as one of the nation's promising young innovators for his groundbreaking work in the emerging scientific field of exploiting energy transport processes at the nanoscale. Discover why he feels nano-engineered energy technology is the next exciting frontier!

2014 nf bio photo --Morton Ann GernsbacherMorton Ann Gernsbacher, Ph.D. – Discover how this leading cognitive neuroscientist went against prevailing theories in science to demonstrate that speech difficulty in some autistic children stems from motor planning deficits, not from intellectual limitations or social impairment in such children!

Hayat-Sindi-PhotoHayat Sindi, Ph.D. – Striving to overcome cultural and gender barriers in her native country, discover how this prominent researcher and entrepreneur came to co-found a biotech company that is changing the face of how developing countries diagnose disease.

Dennis vanEngelsdorp PhotoDennis vanEngelsdorp, Ph.D. – Hear the latest from this highly acclaimed bee researcher what science is uncovering about the mysterious death and disappearance of the world's honey bee population, and what impact this phenomenon is having on the globe's ecosystem.



And many, many more!




You can view all of our 2013/2014 speakers by clicking here. Space is VERY limited! We encourage you to submit an application TODAY to host one of these dynamic Nifty Fifty speakers at your school during the upcoming school year!

Click here to submit an online application and to access additional program details.