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The Expo will feature a whole range of workshops, symposia and conferences for students, teachers, and the general public.

Here is a list of all Organizations hosting events in conjunction with the Festival at the Convention Center (details will be posted as we get them from the organizers):

  1. ACT
  2. America21
  3. American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  4. BOSE
  5. Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
  6. Department of Defense - STEM2Stern Coordination Office
  7. Girls in Technology
  8. Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  9. InfoComm
  10. Innovate Our World, Inc.
  11. International Association for STEM Leaders
  12. Microsoft Hackathon
  13. National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (NCSSSMST)
  14. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  15. National Math and Science Initiative
  16. National Minority Technology Council
  17. Sally Ride Science
  18. Science Festival Alliance
  19. Spark 101
  20. SparkFun
  21. Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization
  22. United Negro College Fund

Partner Events and Workshops - Information


Students!! Join ACT in Conference Room #140 A to find out what STEM Career You're Ready For!

USA Science and engineering festival sponsor ACTHosted by: ACT
Target Group: Students and Parents
Date: April 26 & 27, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m
Where: Conference Room #140 A

Meet with ACT STEM Experts and learn about STEM Careers.

Enter for a chance to win ACT Registrations, ACT Scholarships, gift cards, and STEM Premier Memberships!*

ACT Profile provides students with a free and powerful tool to derive the insights you need to make smarter decisions throughout life's key transition points.

Drawings every two hours! (11:00, 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00)
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Click here to view complete Official Rules.


AP Biology, AP Stats and AP Calculus Study Sessions


Hosted by: National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)
Who Should Attend: Students
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – AP Biology Saturday Study Session - Exact Location TBD
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – AP Statistics Saturday Study Session - Exact Location TBD
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM – AP Calculus Saturday Study Session - Exact Location TBD

Ready to see how DC public school students can go from good to better? The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) will be hosting live Saturday Study Sessions for students at the USA Science & Engineering Festival. The interactive sessions will give students the opportunity to review for the AP Biology, AP Stats and AP Calculus exams and to be introduced to key strategies for success. Sessions will be taught by nationally renowned NMSI AP teachers who are dedicated to motivate, engage and encourage students through rigorous NMSI lessons and activities. 


Communicating Nanostuff

SNOLogoHosted by: Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization
Target Group: Teachers, scientists and people interested in communicating about nanotechnology
Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This workshop will provide targeted communications training to teacher, scientists, and the public in general interested in nanotechnology and will enable them to more clearly convey concepts of nanotechnology and the broader scope of nanoscience to public audiences, including the news media.

Registration information: Please visit


K12 Teacher, Counselor, Administrator, and Parent Workshops

BY LOGOHosted by: American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Target Group: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators, Parents
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 8:00 registration opens; Workshops run 8:30-3:15 with a break for lunch

This daylong program for teachers, counselors, parents, and administrators from the DC Metro area will provide an energizing, interactive overview of successful engineering education instruction for the K-12 classroom. Attendees will: learn engaging hands-on lessons and interactive activities to share with students, receive takeaway materials ready for use in the classroom, and have opportunities to network with other engineering educators.  Upon registration, attendees will choose from one of four tracks during the day: elementary teachers, middle school teachers, high school teachers, and counselors/parents/administrators.  Each track will contain three 1.5 hour workshops and a 45 minute break for lunch.

Registration information: Please visit:


Educator Development with Sally Ride Science: "Igniting Student Interest in STEM"

SallyRideScience logo jpgHosted by: Sally Ride Science

Target Group: Educators, Teachers, Counselors, Administrators
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Enjoy a full-day of professional development—and a set of Cool Careers print books—from the team at Sally Ride Science.

This one-day training is based on a proven program made in concert with ExxonMobil that has already reached approximately 10,000 educators and 1 million students. Learn how to keep students engaged with STEM topics and fields by making connections to the rewarding careers available to them in STEM, and to the diverse women and men working in STEM.

The cost of this one-day training is $39, which includes a complete set of Sally Ride Science’s Cool Careers books for you and your students. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

This will fill up as there are only 50 seats are available!

Sign up and reserve your spot today.


Come Meet an Astronaut and Find Out What’s New on the International Space Station

casis logoHosted by: Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

Target Group: Kids, Families, Teachers
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Room: West Overlook

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program - Time: 9:00 am - 9:50 am

SSEP-w-ISS best image copyThe Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a remarkable national Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education initiative that immerses hundreds of grade 5-12 students across a community in authentic research.  Student teams across a district or cluster of schools design, propose, and fly real microgravity experiments to the International Space Station. Come learn how your community can get involved! The next opportunity is Mission 7, which starts in September 2014, and with a projected launch in late Spring 2015.

Windows on Earth – Astronauts take GREAT photos of Earth! -  Times:  10:00 am-10:50 am 

WinEarth Mission Patch jpgAstronauts love to photograph Earth.  Beautiful, mysterious and familiar, these images help us see home planet Earth as it truly is – an oasis in space.  In this session, you will see some of the most compelling images of Earth, and learn how to access and explore them on your own, at home, in school or on the job, through the CASIS-sponsored web site:




Story Time From Space

Children's Session -  Time:  11:00 am – 11:50 am 

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Imagine astronauts reading stories from the International Space Station to school children and families around the world, in an exciting new program that combines literature with science education... Now stop imagining, because it's already happening! Bring your children to meet astronaut Alvin Drew, retired astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason, and award winnning children's author Jeffrey Bennett for a presentation based on the first book read for the program, Max Goes to the Space Station.


General Session -  Time:  1:00 pm – 1:50 pm 

Imagine astronauts reading stories from the International Space Station to school children and families around the world, in an exciting new program that combines literature with science education… Now stop imagining, because it's already happening! Come meet astronaut Alvin Drew and other members of the Story Time From Space team as they discuss how you can become a part of this free, educational program. 

Write Code to Command Robots in Space! Free Robotics Programming Competition offered by Zero Robotics

Time:  2:00 pm – 2:30 pm 

zr logo logos copyZero Robotics is a free robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES satellites inside the International Space Station.  High School and Middle School participants create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a web browser.  After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the International Space Station! 

Meet an Astronaut and Find Out What’s New on the International Space Station

Time:  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Space Station CASISCome hear former astronaut Gregory H. Johnson share his experiences as the pilot of two Space Shuttle missions, STS-123 and STS-134, aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour.  Learn about his current role as President and Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space and find out about the latest research being conducted in the nation’s most unique national laboratory on the International Space Station—250 miles straight up! 

Autograph session to follow!

To register for any sessions, visit:


NMTC Student Leadership Forum (SLF)

nmtclogo1 copyHosted by: National Minority Technology Council

Target Group: Minority middle school, high school and undergraduate students

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

NMTC Student Leadership Forum (SLF) - The mission of the SLF is to increase the number of minority youths entering STEM careers within the minority technology industry.  Our goal is to recruit promising minority middle school, high school and undergraduate students and increase their awareness of industry related opportunities while simultaneously providing industry, community and education leaders an opportunity to assist in the personal and professional development of future STEM leaders, employees, contractors and entrepreneurs.  

To find out more and register:

Contact Brenda Cureton, National STEM Director, National Minority Technology Council, ,  804 677-8615


Shooting for the Moon - The Moon Mission Challenge and More!

logo2863068 lgHosted by: Innovate Our World
Target Group: Students and Teachers Grades 6-12

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Room: 152 B

Interested in exploring the possibilities of space exploration as an interest for college and career? Come to Shooting for the Moon and learn about how you can design a payload for an actual planned robotic Moon mission, see advanced robotics in action, play a Moonbase game at one of our 12 stations, hear from teams planning lunar missions such as Penn State Lunar Lion, Astrobotic, and Synergy Moon, talk one-on-one with lunar scientists and engineers, learn how you can have a career in aerospace as an scientist, engineer, designer, or artist, participate in our scavenger hunt for cool prizes, and more. All participants are eligible to sign up for the Moon Mission Challenge starting next fall.

Come on by, the event is open to the public and is free. For more information on this event, see starting in late February.


STEM Leadership Summit

IASL LOGOHosted by: International Association for STEM Leaders

Target Group: STEM Leaders


  • Thursday April 24, 2014 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and a reception from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Friday - April 25, 2014 8:00 a.m.- 5p.m.

Room: 152 B

The STEM Leadership Summit is the only STEM event focused on the development of STEM leaders and quality STEM programs and schools.  Our invitees include STEM leaders at the school building level, central office school district level, state STEM leadership representatives (state departments of education), international STEM education leaders, STEM business foundation leaders, university STEM outreach leaders and anyone interested in "best-in-class" STEM programming.

The International Association for STEM Leaders is an organization dedicated to identifying the best STEM leaders in the world.  This invitation only event will launch the first STEM leadership cohort, and these select individuals, will serve as the first members to establish an International STEM certification process.  The event will host an awards ceremony that identifies and applauds school leaders for their efforts in leading major STEM programs.  Attendees will learn about funding for STEM education, gain insights from the leading STEM futurists, and share knowledge about STEM certification plans.

For more information and to register, contact Tina Canez (540) 837-2175


Spark 101 Teacher Training —Free Resource To Bring Real-World STEM Challenges into Classroom

Spark101logoHosted by: 114th Partnership
Target Group: Secondary STEM Teachers (grades 7-12)

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Room: 148

Looking for ways to ignite student interest in STEM?  Or bring real-world applications from industry into your lessons?  Look no further than Spark 101—a free resource designed by teachers for teachers.  Ten-minute, scenario-based videos from industry--directly aligned to national curriculum programs such as the College Board’s Advanced Placement, Project Lead the Way, and National Academy Foundation programs—can help you facilitate student problem solving in almost any STEM classroom.  Join us to learn how to use Spark 101’s interactive videos and instructional resources to engage students in inquiry-based learning—integrated directly to your course’s curriculum—to build key 21st century skills like critical-thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. Learn how to use one video, and you are ready to use them all! To find out more and register:

Event 2:

Spark 101 For Industry: An Easy Way to Help Inspire Tomorrow’s Innovators  

Hosted by: 114th Partnership
Target Group: 

STEM Employers and Champions (Education and STEM Organizations)

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Room: 148

Are you working to inspire students to consider STEM-related coursework and careers? Or hire the next generation of STEM professionals? Look no further than Spark 101—a new online resource that helps teachers bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world applications and ignite interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Using Spark 101’s scenario-based videos in the classroom, secondary teachers leverage real-world problems from industry and inquiry-based learning —integrated directly to national STEM curriculum—to help students build key 21st century skills like critical-thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. Join other industry professionals—from business, academic, non-profit and government sectors, as well as STEM Champions—to learn how Spark 101 can support your organizational objectives.

Registration information: 


3 Robotics Events: SparkFun, Drag and Drop Programming for Robotics, Arduino Basics, and Robotics Social Time

Hosted by: SparkFun Electronics

Target Group: Teachers



SparkFun, Drag and Drop Programming for Robotics 

Thursday, April 24, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Room 140 B)

Come and learn the basics of programming Microcontrollers (Robot brains!) using drag and drop programming so easy that anyone can learn the basics in a short amount of time! During this workshop we’ll be using ArduBlocks, which is very similar to Scratch, to explore the six most important concepts for beginning roboticists.  LEDs will be blinked and twinkled to explore outputs, light sensors and button inputs will be read and we will even tie it all to a buzzer to make the world’s worst dub-step instrument. All of the hardware we will use is part of SparkFun’s LilyPad line and can be sewn into any fabric after programming. 

Learn More and Register:


SparkFun, Arduino Basics

Thursday, April 24, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Room 140 B)

Learn how to blink LEDs, read inputs and use a breadboard, all in four hours! This class is for anyone who has never played around with Arduino before and those who have played around a little bit but aren't entirely sure about how the basics work. It's easier than you think! We will put together basic single component electrical circuits, learn about analog and digital, input and output, as well as basic programming concepts. In case you haven't noticed the key word here is basic. Attendees will create three simple circuits highlighting analog and digital forms of input and output. 

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SparkFun, Robotics Social Time

Friday, April 25, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Room 150 B)

In this self guided workshop SparkFun will supply a number of stations that participants can use to explore the basic concepts of Arduino in a variety of formats. We will have step by step guides to help beginners learn how to move characters in Scratch, blink an LED, take a sensor reading, communicate between robots and computers and create "if" statements. Each concept will be presented in three different ways, showing how this technology can be a part of any classroom, regardless of the age of the students. Participants are encouraged to migrate between stations as they like and SparkFunions will be on hand to answer questions as they arise. SparkFun will also have teacher friendly resources on hand to illustrate a small portion of the enormous wealth of Open Source educational materials available to teachers for free.

Learn More and Register:


Free Classroom Resources to Teach Evolution and Environmental Science

biointeractive logoHosted by: Howard Hughes Medical Institute 

Target Group: Middle and High School Science Teachers (Biology, Life Science, Environmental Science, and Earth Science Educators.)

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Room: 140 AB

Workshop A: HHMI’s Free Classroom Resources for Teaching Evolution
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Workshop B: Free STEM Resources for Teaching Climate Change
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 3:00PM – 4:30PM

Discover classroom-ready lessons, hands-on activities, animations, short films, and interactive modules to use in your science classrooms. These FREE multimedia resources bring science to life through compelling scientific stories and engage students through real scientific data and inquiry-based exercises. In our hands-on workshop we will guide you through resources designed to help you teach key concepts in evolution (Workshop A) and climate change (Workshop B). Each workshop will be offered twice – once in the morning and again in the afternoon. In each workshop, you will receive ready-to-use classroom resources, including DVDs, posters, and worksheets!

Register for the workshops here:


The AV Experience Lab

IC 75th Anniversary LogoHosted by: InfoComm International

Target Group: Students, Teachers, Parents


Friday, Classes start at 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. every half-hour, on the hour and half-hour; Saturday and Sunday, Classes held at 9:00 a.m.-5:30, every half-hour, on the hour and half-hour.

Don’t miss InfoComm International’s AV Experience Lab in Room 304! Students can learn the math and science behind creating the ideal video game set up and experiment in our hands-on audio sound lab. For the first 15 minutes you’ll learn how to design a video game setup that provides an exceptional experience for all, using AV standards and best practices. We’ll show you how to determine the overall viewing area, calculate image parameters, select a screen, verify that the screen meets all of the image parameters, plan the seating area and more. All using math and science!

Next you’ll learn how to select microphones, use an audio mixer, graph voices as sound waves and more. We'll even show you how to optimize the acoustics settings on your personal device. Pick up lesson plans and learn about careers. Brought to you by InfoComm International, the association representing the commercial audiovisual industry.

Registration: First come, first served. For more information contact