The first ever X-STEM:
Extreme STEM Symposium-presented by Northrop
Grumman Foundation and MedImmune-kicks-off
the 3rd USA
Science & Engineering Festival Expo and Book Fair, hosted by
founding and presenting sponsor Lockheed
Martin. Being held on April 24th at the Walter E.
Washington Convention Center in D.C., X-STEM is a "TED-style" event for
kids with talks by 50 of the nation's most noted science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals representing top
universities, corporations, non-profits, and governmental agencies.
"X-STEM is the perfect start for the Festival as we work to spark kids'
interest in STEM careers. Opening students' minds to all the
possibilities that science creates is critical to ensuring our nation's
progress," explained Larry Bock, Festival co-founder.
Geared towards middle and high-school students, X-STEM features
interactive presentations and workshops by an exclusive
group of visionaries who aim to
empower and inspire kids about STEM careers. Throughout the day, top
STEM role models and industry leaders will ignite students' curiosity
through storytelling and live demonstrations. Sessions will cover a wide
array of subject areas including space exploration, storm chasing,
oceanography, the science of social networks, the physics of
superheroes, mathematical puzzles and more.
"The Northrop Grumman Foundation and the employees of Northrop Grumman
are excited to be part of the Festival and to support the X-STEM
Symposium. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to hear from
great speakers, participate in workshops that explore the wonders of
science and ignite their interest in STEM and STEM careers," Sandra
Evers-Manly, president, Northrop Grumman Foundation, and vice president,
Global Corporate Responsibility, Northrop Grumman.
Here is a sampling of scheduled X-STEM speakers and their topics:
Jack Andraka - This Baltimore high school student developed
a diagnostic test that detects pancreatic cancer more accurately,
quicker and cheaper than existing tests.
Anousheh Ansari - She made headlines as the first female
private space explorer and astronaut of Iranian descent. Now she
is helping drive space industry commercialization.
Blake Bullock - This exciting, plain-speaking
astrophysicist from Northrop Grumman will discuss the
next-generation telescope being developed to replace Hubble.
Francis Collins, Ph.D. - He's known for his landmark
discoveries in genetics and for leading the Human Genome Project.
He now heads the National Institutes of Health.
Sylvia Earle, Ph.D. - This legendary oceanographer has been
dubbed "Her Deepness" by the New York Times and a "Hero for
the Planet" by Time Magazine.
David Gallo, Ph.D. - Find out what life is like deep below
the ocean from this renowned oceanographer (who co-led the Titanic
Bernard Harris, M.D. - This physician and entrepreneur was
an NASA astronaut and the first African American to walk in space.
Nan Hauser, Ph.D. - Profiled on 60 Minutes, this
scientist-conservationist's work in the remote tropical region of
the Cook Islands may help save the endangered humpback whale!
John Holdren, Ph.D. -Gain perspective from this noted
aeronautics and plasma physics researcher who works as the senior
advisor to President Obama on science and technology!
Barrington Irving - He made history in 2007 by becoming the
youngest person and the first African American to pilot a plane
solo around the world.
Laura Richman, DVM, Ph.D. - This MedImmune veterinarian
scientist and molecular virologist launched her career by
identifying a mysterious virus that was killing elephants.
Michael Shermer, Ph.D. - Author and Skeptic Magazine
publisher says human's tendency to believe strange things boils
down to the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills.
J. Craig Venter, Ph.D. - The scientist who led the first
sequencing of the human genome has plenty to say about the future
of DNA research discovery.
James West, Ph.D. - An acoustical scientist world-known for
his invention of the foil electret microphone.
Josh Wurman, Ph.D. - Discover first-hand from this original
storm chaser what it is like to track and study deadly tornadoes.
"We are excited to sponsor the first-ever X-STEM symposium, with its
focus on engaging students in the exciting and important work being done
in the STEM fields," stated Dr. Bahija Jallal, executive vice president,
MedImmune. "I am hopeful this accomplished group of speakers will
inspire many of our young participants to learn more about pursuing
careers in STEM."
X-STEM runs from 9am-5pm and has a nominal cost of $15 per person for
students and educators and $25 for others. Space is limited to the first
3,000 registrants. Schools and individuals interested in attending
up at: www.usasciencefestival.org/schoolprograms/x-stem-extreme-stem-symposium/x-stem-registration-form.html.
The symposium is part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, which
culminates with the Festival
Expo on April 26-27 from 9am-6pm. The Festival Expo is a free,
family-friendly event with more than 3,000 hands-on activities and 100
live stage performances. Taking over the entire convention center, the
Festival Expo will also have a Career
Fair-complete with signings by well-known science authors, and
multiple workshops and competitions such as EPA P3's sustainability
challenge, making it the Super Bowl of STEM. In all, the Festival
expects more than 250,000 people to participate.
Founded by serial entrepreneur Larry Bock and Lockheed Martin CTO Ray O
Johnson to address the severe shortage in science and tech talent, the
USA Science & Engineering Festival is the nation's largest science
festival. To learn more, visit www.USAScienceFestival.org
or watch the video at www.usasciencefestival.org/festival-highlight-video.
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