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Imagine your students meeting and learning from these unforgettable high-profile role models in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics): the engineer who is heading the renowned Asteroid Initiative at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); the physician-scientist who developed the vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV) -- the infection at the root of nearly all cases of cervical cancer in women worldwide; the leading cognitive-neuroscientist whose research is shedding light on how optical illusions trick the eye; and the Chief Scientist of NASA!

Expect this and more beginning early next year as 200 of the most fascinating and innovative scientists and engineers in the country -- called the Nifty Fifty (times 4), a program of Science Spark -- fan out across middle and high schools to demonstrate aspects of their work in the months leading up to the next USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo set for April 16-17, 2016!

Prepare to be amazed once again as this elite group of science speakers returns to the Festival more thrilling and in-demand than ever, bringing its special brand of stimulating and motivational hands-on presentations to middle and high schools in the Washington, D.C. metro region.

This is why schools in the area are encouraged to submit an application by clicking here to apply to host a Nifty Fifty speaker for their students for this school year! Apply by November 21st to host a speaker for Nifty Fifty talks due to start in February, March and April of next year. 

From space explorers, storm chasers and atom-smashing physicists to groundbreaking roboticists, science entrepreneurs and young innovators below the age of 30, the Nifty Fifty represents 200 of the nation's leading professionals in STEM.

Through interactive presentations with students, 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.

Here's a brief look at just some of the exciting Nifty Fifty speakers who are ready to present at your school:

Frederic Bertley 2015 Nifty Fifty Speaker 2 rsFrederic Bertley, Ph.D. – In his career, he helped develop an HIV vaccine at Harvard and led life-saving health improvements in Haiti and The Sudan. Now discover how he is using that same spirit to ignite science discovery excitement at the renowned Franklin Institute!

John Brophy 2015 Nifty Fifty SpeakerJohn Brophy, Ph.D. – As a propulsion technology expert for the renowned Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), this engineer has worked on some of the nation's most ambitious space exploration projects. Learn about his current project -- the Asteroid Initiative which is using a robotic spacecraft to capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it safely to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system!



Andrew Clark 2015 Nifty Fifty Speaker rsAndrew Clark, Ph.D. – He designed some of the most sophisticated deep-sea exploration vehicles. Now discover how he, as president of Harris Maritime Communication Services, is bringing ocean technology to some of the world's most underserved areas.


Jennifer Ouellette 2015 Nifty Fifty SpeakerJennifer Ouellette – Intimidated by science and math as a student, she has since risen to become one of the nation's most noted science writers and authors. Discover her unique and intriguing writing style of communicating that science is indeed everywhere!


To view more information on these and other Nifty Fifty speakers, click here.