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K-12 classroom teachers: Imagine having convenient and free online access to a video library collection featuring some of the nation's most exciting, high-profile role models in STEM-- ranging from amazing space exploration heroes and heroines to phenomenal inventors and entrepreneurial startup geniuses.

Well, imagine no more! The USA Science & Engineering Festival is making this new collection, compiled from its recent 2014 X-STEM Symposium speaker presentations, available to teachers everywhere, giving K-12 educators the opportunity to bring leading scientists, engineers and innovators into the classroom to inspire students in STEM!

X-STEM -- a major component of the Festival Expo and presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune -- is an Extreme STEM Symposium for middle through high school students featuring interactive presentations and workshops by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower and motivate kids about careers in STEM. (Note: Don't forget to mark your calendar for the next X-STEM gatherings in Washington, D.C. in April of 2015 and 2016). 

Francis Collins USASEFThe video collection, the latest exciting teacher resource launched by the Festival, brings these unforgettable X-STEM speaker presentations together at one online location. The collection consists of individual 15-20 minute videos featuring a wide array of X-STEM speakers covering such timely and dynamic subject areas as space exploration, storm chasing, oceanography, the science of social networks, the physics of superheroes, mathematical puzzles and much, much more!

These videos are geared for elementary through high school students, and include talks by such inspiring STEM role models such as:

--Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins 
--Hollywood Stunt Scientist, Steve Wolf
--Futuristic-thinking bioengineer, Dr. Angela Belcher
--Oceanographer and Titanic Explorer, Dr. David Gallo
--Former NASA astronaut and the first African American to walk in space, Dr. Bernard Harris
--Phenomenal cancer research innovator, teenager Jack Andraka

And many, many more!

We invite you to visit our new video library by clicking here, filter the videos by subject matter, age group and/or speaker name, and locate topics and speakers that fit your lesson plans.

Additional videos will be added each week – so please check back often and like us on Facebook to be notified when new speakers become available.

Please share this exciting news with your colleagues and help us spread the word about this great teacher resource!