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Explore STEM at USASEF this April

The 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival may be the largest national STEM event ever. Register to attend the free event and be a part of the STEM celebration!

Banner for the USA Science and Engineering Fair in Washington, DC during April 2018

Festival Expo: April 7 & 8, 2018. Presented by Lockheed Martin. See Where STEM Can Take You. April 5-8, 2018: Washington, DC.

Where Can STEM Take You

The USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) is happening soon! The 2018 USASEF will take place in Washington, D.C., April 5-8. The theme for this year's Festival is "See Where STEM Can Take You." Where can STEM take you? This is a great question for students of all ages to contemplate.

Throughout the four-day celebration, which culminates in a massive two-day Expo, USASEF attendees will have plenty of exciting and inspiring opportunities to explore where STEM can take them. In advance of the Festival, educators can download and print the Where Will STEM Take You USASEF poster (shown below) to get students talking about all the places STEM can take them. The poster highlights space, the ocean, nature, the human body, and cyberspace and offers fun statistics to spark discussion as well as highlights STEM careers in each area. Printable bookmarks are also available (from this page) for each of the featured STEM areas.

Tip! Match careers from the poster to Science Career Profiles on the Science Buddies website to learn more about careers of interest.

Celebrating STEM

The following events are scheduled place as part of the 2018 USASEF:

  • X-STEM (April 5, 2018): X-STEM is an "Extreme STEM Symposium" to inspire middle and high school students to consider careers in STEM. X-STEM features demonstrations and storytelling from scientists in a range of STEM fields, including microbiology, astrophysics, space science, robotics, meteorology, oceanography, neurology, engineering, marine biology, computer science, and more. Pre-registration is required.
  • STEM Career Fair (April 6, 2018): The STEM Career Fair gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to meet with potential employers. Pre-registration is required.
  • Sneak Peek Friday (April 6, 2018): Sneak Peek Friday gives students early access to the Expo. Sneak Peek Friday is open to schools, homeschoolers, and military families only. Pre-registration is required.
  • USASEF Expo (April 7-8, 2018): The Festival Expo is a giant showcase of STEM at the heart of USASEF. This year, the Festival Expo will feature more than 3,000 exhibits and 30 stage shows. The Festival Expo has exciting hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for all ages to explore! Download the 2018 Expo Map and start making your plan for exhibits to visit.

    If you will be attending the Festival Expo, be sure to check the schedule of stage shows to see what shows may be happening while you are there. Presenters include "Mathemagician" Art Benjamin, Dr. Kate Biberdorf (known for "explosive" chemistry demonstrations), NASA astronaut Jessica U. Meir, and a Prismatic Magic and SPIE laser show.

    Register for the Festival Expo.

All events at USASEF are free, but registration is required.

Follow the Excitement

Follow along in social media with #scifest for updates as the 2018 USASEF draws near and to share in the excitement during the 2018 Festival.

Science Buddies is proud to be a sponsor of the USA Science and Engineering Festival.


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