In case you missed the email, the 2nd annual USA Science & Engineering Festival will take place this weekend, April 28-29, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Billed as the “largest celebration of science in the US,” the Festival will feature over 3,000 interactive exhibits, more than 100 stage shows, and 33 author presentations at a science and engineering “Book Fair.” In addition, high school students will find special exhibits contained within a “Career Pavilion” that will include a college fair, a job fair, and a “meet the scientist/engineer” networking area.
“One of the focuses of the Festival is to impress upon students and their families the many exciting career opportunities available with the best job prospects for the future in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields,” said Larry Bock, Executive Director of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. “Many of the top employers in the U.S. are participating in our Career Pavilion to engage with prospective future employees and tell them about the wide array of great jobs available to them if they pursue a career in one of the STEM fields.”
The CareerPavilion also includes opportunities for students to learn about degree programs and meet representatives from colleges including Johns HopkinsUniversity Applied Physics Laboratory, Purdue University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Michigan Technological University, The Pennsylvania State University, George Washington University – School of Engineering and AppliedSciences, University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Vanderbilt University, VCU School of Engineering, and many more.
And in the STEM Programs Exposition, students can learn about scholarships, internships, mentorships, as well as after-school programs targeted to building a science and research resume before they even get to college.
A few major “science celebrities” will also be on hand at the Festival including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Mayim Bialak from the Big Bang Theory, and Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from “MythBusters.” Book Fair authors include Robin Cook, Joel Auchenbach, William Gurstelle, Homer Hickam, Ken Denmead, Theodore Gray, Lisa Randall, and many more.
It’s all free and open to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged but not necessary.