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AIBS Teams Up with Expanded USA Science & Engineering Festival for 2012 Event in Washington, D.C. to Inspire Next Generation of Innovators

September 28, 2011 USA Science and Engineering Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Diane Bosnjak
703.674.2500 x247
dbos...@aibs.org

WASHINGTON - Sept. 28, 2011 -- The world's largest celebration of science and engineering, the USA Science & Engineering Festival, has announced its return to Washington, D.C., April 28-29, 2012, and AIBS will be an exhibitor. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, hosts of the Discovery Channel's hit TV series MythBusters, and Bill Nye the Science Guy are among the science superstars signed up to join the Festival Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and other key locations in the greater District of Columbia area. The 2012 Festival will include a new book fair and career pavilion as part of the Finale Expo.

The USA Science & Engineering Festival, hosted by Lockheed Martin, aims to encourage the next generation of engineers, scientists and technologists, and to increase public awareness of the importance of science and math education.

"AIBS is excited about our role in the USA Science & Engineering Festival and we expect to help show how science is present in everyone's daily life," said Diane Bosnjak of AIBS. "We participated in the 2010 Festival and cannot wait to be involved in it again."

The highly successful inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival, the Nation's first and only national science festival, included nearly one million participants across the U.S. in the month-long celebration. The culmination of the Festival was a two-day expo on the National Mall in October 2010, and included over 2,000 hands-on activities and 100 live performances, made possible by more than 500 scientific organizations.

"The 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival is already shaping up to be much larger than our inaugural event," said high-tech serial entrepreneur Larry Bock, Executive Director and Festival co-creator. "With nearly eight months before our finale event, we already have more sponsors, partners, performers and exhibitors than we did for our first event. We look forward to bringing even more passion and excitement for the sciences and engineering to children and families across the nation and around the world."

The 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival will include:

Expo Book Fair: The newly-created science and engineering-related book fair will focus on authors with significant works in the science and engineering fields geared toward a K-12 level of scientific understanding.

STEM Career Pavilion: Students and adults will have the opportunity to explore tomorrow's hot careers in areas such as renewable energy, robotics, space tourism, nanotechnology, virtual reality, clean technology, genetics, education, and many other exciting fields.

Science Celebrities: Leading science celebrities like Bill Nye the Science Guy and Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of the MythBusters will appear live during the finale Expo. Also scheduled to appear are Jeff Lieberman from Discovery Channel's series Time Warp and Apollo Robbins, the Gentleman Thief from National Geographic's Brain Games. Science entrepreneurs, who are veritable rock stars in the business world, will participate, including: Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla; renowned video game developer and space tourist Richard Garriott and Kevin Kinsella, founder of more than 60 scientific companies and a Tony Award Winner. These entrepreneurs are sure to inspire today's youth regarding the many opportunities that exist in science careers.

Expanded Expo and Events: Several special events are scheduled for the 2012 Festival, including: The World's Largest Science Cheer, led by Science Cheerleader, Science for Citizens, and Discover Magazine, a Star Gazing Party hosted by Celestron, Ellipse Day with Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), Kavli Foundation Science Video Contest, The Grand Challenges 60 Second Pitch Contest by Engineering.com, in addition to many nationwide contests and satellite events.

Sneak Peek Friday: Friday, April 27, 2012 will be an invitation-only sneak peek for students and teachers from area and underserved schools, home school groups, military families, government officials and media. April 28-29, 2012 will be open to the public.

Nifty Fifty Program: In the days leading up to the Festival finale event, the USA Science & Engineering Festival will connect middle and high school students in the greater Washington, DC area with more than 125 of the nation's most dynamic and influential scientists and engineers through its Nifty Fifty program, sponsored by AT&T.

Lunch with a Laureate: The "Lunch with a Laureate" program is a rare opportunity for a small group of middle and high school students to engage in informal conversations with 15 Nobel Prize winning scientists during a brown bag lunch.


About the USA Science & Engineering Festival:
The USA Science & Engineering Festival is the country's only national science festival, and was developed to increase public awareness of the importance of science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and engineering by celebrating science in much the same way as we celebrate Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and pop stars. Lockheed Martin is again the presenting host of the USA Science & Engineering Festival and is joined by many other Festival sponsors and partners.
The USA Science & Engineering Festival is a grassroots collaboration of over 500 of the United States leading science and engineering organizations. For more information on the USA Science & Engineering Festival, please visit the Festival website.

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