Host a Nifty Fifty Speaker! Registration Now Open!
Sponsored by InfoComm International, the Nifty Fifty (times 4) program is back for the 2015/2016 school year! Beginning today, teachers can now apply to host a noted science and engineering professional in their classrooms! Click here for more details.
Teachers and students alike will be inspired by our amazing list of STEM professionals. We receive tons of positive feedback from schools and speakers describing their experience with the Nifty Fifty Program including:
School Host Amrita Madabushi: "There were many fun moments, a particularly awesome moment was when Dr. Frederick Bertley showed series of pictures of two similar looking people, one a celebrity and one a scientist. All students and even teachers realized that they only knew the celebrity and not any scientist. It made us all think, how we should focus and try to know about people who made a real difference in our lives not just what is shown to us by social media. It certainly was a wow moment for many of us."
Speaker Tyler DeWitt: "I was speaking at a school assembly that was the last thing scheduled on a Friday before Spring Break. And the kids had so many questions, and so many of them wanted to talk to me one-on-one, that the teachers actually had to round them up and take them back to the classrooms to be dismissed for vacation. That was awesome!"
School Host Haydee Cooper: "Tyler (DeWitt) gave a talk about microbes and explained that lactic acid was essentially the "pee" produced by happily sated bacteria that had just feasted on lactose. He then proceeded to make a batch of yogurt from scratch, and ate a big spoonful of it. Predictably, the kids went wild... "
Speakers will include renowned scientist and engineers like:
Deborah Bass, Ph.D. -- The next Mars Rover mission scheduled for 2020 by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be one of the most comprehensive explorations to date of the Red Planet, including answering key questions about the potential of life on Mars. Learn from the mission's Deputy Science Lead how she and her colleagues at JPL are gearing up for the challenges of this historic rover expedition!
Darren Higgins, Ph.D.-- You'll marvel at this young Harvard microbiologist, who is already known for developing a viable vaccine for the deadly bacteria, Listeria, and co-founding the amazing startup Genocea Biosciences!
Rush Holt, Ph.D. -- In his formidable career as a U.S. Congressman, this physicist was one Congress's strongest advocates for science research and STEM education. Learn how he is using that same passion as CEO of the the renowned AAAS society!
Peter Norvig, Ph.D. -- What is the future of Google, and what are some of its next 'big think' ideas that stand to revolutionize our experiences on the internet? Get ready as Google's Director of Research gives you the inside story, plus the status of Google's current innovations ranging from Google Search and Google Glass, to Voice Search and Google Translation!
Sarah Das, Ph.D.-- Let this renowned climatologist from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution take you inside her groundbreaking research in frigid Greenland where she is gaining remarkable insights into the mysteries of glacier melting and climate change.
And new this year, the program is expanding to Northern California! Classrooms in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties will now be able to apply to host a top STEM professional, in addition to teachers in the D.C. Metro area!
To apply please visit this link.