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TODAY is the X-STEM Symposium!
Sponsored by MedImmune, students in grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to engage in workshops and hear presentations from some of the most innovative STEM luminaries today at the X-STEM Symposium! Follow us on social media for live coverage of today's event. (NOTE: registration for this event has closed)

Download the Expo Map & Create Your Own Schedule
With almost 2 million square feet of STEMtastic activities, it helps to come to the Festival prepared!   t o create your own personal schedule and interactive map. And print our Expo Map ahead of time so you are ready to explore over 3,000 hands-on STEM activities!  

Remember to Show us How YOU Fueled Your Curiosity at #SciFest!
Snap a photo checking out the surface of Mars in the Lockheed Martin Pavilion, grab a selfie in the Air Force Rapid Air Strike and capture NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams LIVE from Space on social media (remember to tweet questions using #SciFest & #askNASA)! Share your favorite Festival experiences and be sure to tag us and use #SciFest for a chance to win a Festival T-shirt! 
Lockheed Martin Pavilion 

Lockheed Martin, Founding and Presenting Host of the Festival, will have hands-on, high-tech exhibits to engage the minds of future scientists and engineers. Using the theme "This Science Isn't Fiction", participants will be able to interact with robots, see a flight simulator, and marvel at Mars vehicles, all demonstrating that deep space travel may not be as far off as we think.
Turning Discovery Into Health!
Learn from scientists and health professionals at the renowned National Institutes of Health (NIH) how they are using the latest in STEM to advance health in a wide range of frontiers -- ranging from improving the basic health of children, families and communities, to conducting clinical and translational research that transforms scientific discoveries into medical practice. 
Mars or Bust with NASA's Ellen Stofan
When will the first humans set foot on Mars? Get ready for amazing insights as NASA's Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan provides an overview of NASA's journey to Mars, with the goal of putting humans on the Red Planet in the 2030s. She also how YOU can get involved in the mission of a lifetime!
Rock Out to the Science-Inspired Sounds of They Might Be Giants!  
A crowd favorite at the 2014 Festival Expo, this Grammy Award-winning band returns to wow crowds with its electrifying pop melodies and vivid lyrics inspired by science and technology! TMBG returns to the #SciFest stage show on Saturday for 2 FREE shows! 
Think Differently and Change the World: Calling all innovators, makers, creative thinkers and doers! Do you have clever, creative science-fiction ideas or other futuristic brainchilds that can change the world? If you're ready to think differently, join Dr. Reginald Brothers, Under Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, and other innovators in an exciting presentation about how to turn your STEM ideas into reality!
Science Showdown 
Join Paul Taylor, Traveling Science Show and Community Outreach Manager of the Franklin Institute, for his Science Showdown -- an interactive tour-de-force with two sci-athletes who will engage in a battle for science supremacy! From the opening bell, these sci-athletes will demonstrate the science behind a series of unforgettable demonstrations!
Diversity in STEM
Discover the dynamic organizations who are reaching out to girls and minorities in fascinating and effective ways to attract and retain them in the STEM careers of tomorrow. Organizations such as: The Society of Women Engineers; Women of InfoComm Network; Black Girls Code; Cyberjutsu Girls; Association for Women in Mathematics; National Science Foundation; Society of Black Engineers; National Society of Hispanic Physicists; and Benignant STEM Innovation Foundation.
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Take a Journey to Space 
Expect high tech, virtual reality, models, and cool photo op at NASA, experience the thrill of space exploration and aeronautic engineering in a big way with SpaceX, launch a rocket with Orbital ATK and get an infrared picture of yourself! Plus, stop in and see the 40-foot rocket and play with STEMbots at the STEMship Discovery Center! 
Meet the Scientists at AAAS
AAAS Expo Photo What is the future of science? How can you become a part of it? Come meet and learn from scientists representing many different fields at the  American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS) and find your place in the STEM frontiers of tomorrow.
Do it Yourself & Maker Movement 
Through a bevy of fascinating exhibits, discover why the Do It Yourself, or Maker Movement is revolutionizing technology by putting the power of innovation into the hands of the average person. Get on board the Movement with such leaders as Tech Shop DC - Arlington, Rogue Making, Black Girls CODE, and Cornell University to learn how they are transforming such fields as robotics, computer science, 3D printing and electronics!
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Thank you to our Sponsors! 
Our Sponsors are essential in reaching our mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers! We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to our very special Sponsors who have signed up to support the 4th Festival to date.  See all of our Sponsors here.
Thank You to our Palladium Sponsors! 
American Mathematical Society
American Society for Microbiology 
Bose Corporation
Dassault Systèmes 
ISS Casis 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
Oracle Academy
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Private Internet Access 
Space Camp & Aviation Challenge
Toy Industry Association
U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO)
University of Massachusetts Lowell 
Thank You to our Titanium Sponsors! 
Aerospace Corporation
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)  
American Water Works Association (AWWA)
Big Kid Science
Bricks 4 Kidz 
Bucknell University  College of Engineering
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 
C2 Education
College of Science at George Mason University
DJI Innovations
Epilog Laser
James Madison University
New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering 
The Optical Society
Penn State University
STEM Premier 
Stemtree Education Center
Software Engineering Institute Carnegie Mellon University 
Tau Beta Pi
U.S. Food and Drug Association
United States Naval Academy
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
University of Florida
University of Rochester
VCU School of Engineering 

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