Extreme STEM Symposium for Students
"Celebrating Diversity in STEM?"
Sneak Peak Friday, April 25 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Presented by the Department of Defense
Grand Finale Expo
April 26 - 27, 2014
New this year
First Robot Zoo!
The 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival will feature over 3,000 fun, interactive exhibits, more than 100 stage shows and 33 Author Presentations. Last year, major Science Celebrities including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Mayim Bialik from the Big Bang Theory, Sid the Science Kid, and Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from the hit TV Series the MythBusters performed on stage. We attended the Sunday events and we really needed two days to see and participate in all the events. Both my older son and 4 year old daughter found the festival exciting, and participated in as many events as possible from building a kaleidoscope water tube to operating robotic vehicles in a game of basketball. It seemed like there were hundreds of booths with hands-on activities in biology, anatomy, microbiology, space exploration, solar technology, wind power and more. We watched several of the live shows including an awesome bubble making demonstration, Sid the Science Kid and the director of NIH singing science songs to classic Beatles' tunes (My favorite). There were many booths for young children to create unique arts of work, math clubs for girls and even a large area dedicated to building blocks. Our only negative experience was the 45 minute wait to tour the Magic School Bus.
Additional events include the USA Science & Engineering Festival Book Fair, and a Career Pavilion for high-school students that includes a College Fair, a Job Fair and a Meet the Scientists and Engineers Networking area. This site was very busy with high school and college students and adults.
Adults and children collected free Lockheed Martin slap bracelets in vivid metallic colors with science slogans (ex. Engineers Rock, Full of Potential Energy). Some of the children (and adults) began looking like transformers with bracelets from their wrists to their shoulders.
We took Metro to the Convention Center (Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center) which made the trip very easy with no parking worries. Week day parking is good, but weekend difficult. Refreshments were available, but lines were long. Come prepared with snacks and drinks. We brought a light weight stroller, and it became useful in carrying around all the art projects, flyers and freebies the kids received.
First meeting February 2, 2014
Students, professionals, teachers, parents, engineers, scientists and more
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC 20001