2016 U.S. Science and Engineering Festival

Monday, April 11, 2016
Philip Casey

The U.S. Science and Engineering Festival kicks off this weekend in Washington, D.C. The event, which will feature more than 3,000 hands-on exhibits, experiments, and performances is a great opportunity for students and parents to explore the multitude of fields in science. The STEM Food & Ag Council is looking forward to having representation from the American Society of Plant Biologists, National 4-H Council, National FFA Organization, Soil Science Society of America, United States Department of Agriculture and University of California-Davis.

One goal of the STEM Food & Ag Council is to provide awareness to those making career decisions, a large audience of the Festival, about the exciting, well-paying STEM jobs in food and agriculture. By participating in the Festival, Council members will engage with students, teachers, parents and others directly, and raise the profile of food and agriculture in STEM.

Exposure to science is one of the best ways to get students engaged and interested. The Council is excited to have our members at the festival with the opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists with their programs and experiments.

The event kicks off on April 14th with the X-STEM Symposium, featuring “TED-style” talks for kids by science visionaries. The Festival Expo, which takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC on April 16 from 10am-6pm and 17th from 10am-4pm, is the grand finale of the Festival’s year-long science celebration. Taking the entire convention center, the Festival Expo will have a Career Pavilion hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton, where students can meet with scientists, representatives from leading universities, and corporate recruiters and learn about internships, mentorships, scholarships and after-school programs. In addition, the Festival is showcasing space exploration and new technologies and their applications. In all, the Festival expects to draw about 350,000 people.

Founded by serial entrepreneur Larry Bock and Lockheed Martin executives to address the severe shortage in science and tech talent, the USA Science & Engineering Festival is the nation’s largest science festival and was developed to ignite the next generation’s interest in considering careers in science and engineering.

“Science is amazing. Staying competitive as a nation means we have to encourage more kids to think about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). What better way to capture their imaginations than gathering the rock stars of science in one place and providing activities they can really do?” explained Larry Bock, Festival co-founder.

To learn more about the Festival, visit www.USAScienceFestival.org

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