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Special Edition: April 21, 2016

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Amazing, STEMtastic, Inspiring, Spectacular, Incredible, Historical: Thank you for Attending the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival!
Thank You Attendees!
Over the span of the Festival weekend, 365,000 people attended the FREE USA Science & Engineering Festival! Once again, the largest celebration of STEM was a HUGE success thanks to our amazing sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and performers!

Attendees had the opportunity to engage in presentations with some of the biggest names in science and engineering, hear stories of inspiration and courage and rock out to science during our incredible stage show performances featuring a LIVE from Space Downlink with NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams, They Might Be Giants, Steve Spangler, Science Bob, The Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show, NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan  and many, many more! We hope you had as much fun as we did! 

Please Donate to the Festival
Did you love attending the 2016 Festival? Please help us keep this event free by donating here

We Want Your Feedback!
Thank you again for your support and we hope to see you in 2018! Please  and take just a moment to  offer your feedback to help us improve your experience at the next Festival. 
Thank You to our Sponsors! 
We want to thank our incredibly supportive sponsors, including our Founding and Presenting Host Lockheed Martin, for helping us to once again deliver a FREE event to the public. The majority of our sponsors also participated as Festival exhibitors and created some truly unforgettable moments for our attendees! Your support has made a lasting impact on so many people, including children who will remember the Festival as an introduction into the vast and exciting world of STEM. Thank you sponsors! View our entire sponsor list here
Thank You to our Exhibitors! 
And to our exhibitors-- we have received an enormous amount of positive feedback from our attendees about your remarkable exhibit booths and your patient and knowledgable staff. The countless hours spent creating extraordinary activities was evident. Please know that you brought joy to so many people this weekend! Thank you!  
Thank you to our Stage Show Performers! 
NASA Astronauts, Grammy Award Winners They Might Be Giants, Science TV Stars Science Bob & Steve Spangler, Blind Adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, Actor Wil Wheaton, and more STEM Superstars were all under one roof at the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival! We were just as thrilled as our attendees to see and learn from the world's most remarkable and notable figures in science and engineering! Thank you for being a part of history and for making STEM cool and exciting in the eyes of the attendees! Stay tuned for videos of the performances. 

Thank You X-STEM Speakers and Workshop Presenters! 
On Thursday April 14, thousands of students visited the Washington D.C. Convention Center to participate in the   X-STEM Symposium which offered engaging presentations from an exclusive group of visionaries who aimed to empower and inspire kids about careers in STEM. Thank you to MedImmune for returning to sponsor the event and thank you to our phenomenal speakers and workshop presenters including Dr. David Berman, Dr. Jo Handelsman, Dr. Jessica Meir, Dr. Chris Emdin, Festo and much, much more! View all of our X-STEM Symposium photos here. Stay tuned for videos the of X-STEM presentations. 

Sneak Peek Friday Draws 60,000 Students!!
Sponsored by Chevron, over 60,000 students from school groups, homeschoolers and military families attended Sneak Peek Friday! Students previewed and experienced the EXPO exhibits and fantastic hands-on STEM activities before the general public! Thank you to Chevron for sponsoring and thank you to our wonderful exhibitors for spending quality one on one time with the students! View photos from Sneak Peek Friday here. 

Leading up to the Festival, Nifty Fifty Speakers Inspired Thousands!
Sponsored once again by InfoComm International, our Nifty Fifty Program (times 4) sent over 200 STEM professionals to schools across the Mid-Atlantic and even to a few schools in California! Speakers presented to thousands of students and inspired kids with their personal achievements in STEM including the the roads taken on the path to success! Thank you to our Nifty Fifty Speakers and our Nifty Fifty Sponsor InfoComm International! For a sampling of Nifty Fifty photos, visit this link
Thank You Volunteers! 

Of course we must thank our wonderful volunteers for dedicating their time to helping us create one of largest celebrations of STEM in history! Over 500 volunteers spent countless hours attending training meetings AND helping us spread the word to their local communities about the Festival. View photos of our volunteers using this link. Thank you Volunteers!

Unforgettable Moments Captured at the USA Science & Engineering Festival!!
We captured some incredible moments of wonder, joy and excitement at the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival! You can visit more photos on our Facebook Page by following this link and more of our social media coverage of #SciFest on Instagram by clicking here and twitter by clicking here. Stay tuned this week for a recap video of the 4th Festival. 

Below is just a snapshot of our favorite images capturing STEM Celebration:  

Thank You to our Palladium Sponsors! 
American Mathematical Society
American Society for Microbiology 
Bose Corporation
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space- CASIS
Dassault Systèmes 
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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