WIRED NextFest 2007 Education Day to Inspire 9,000 Students to Embrace Math, Science and Technology

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Special guests include Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, astronaut Barbara Morgan and the Endeavor space shuttle crew.

WIRED NextFest 2007 Education Day will open its doors free-of-charge to nearly 9,000 4th-12th graders and their teachers on September 13th. By providing a glimpse of more than 150 future technologies in entertainment, sustainability, healthcare, transportation and more, Education Day will inspire students to pursue careers in math, science and technology when building their futures.

The Opening Ceremony will be hosted by WIRED Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson and Publisher Drew Schutte. Special guests will include astronaut Barbara Morgan, the first teacher in space, and the entire STS-188 Endeavor space shuttle crew, which completed NASA’s most recent mission to the International Space Station in August 2007. The astronauts will interact with the students, answer questions and encourage them to reach for the moon. In addition, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to appear to emphasize the importance of science and technology to students’ futures.

The Opening Ceremony will be followed by an X PRIZE Foundation announcement of its largest prize yet. Joining with an internationally-recognized partner, this "New X PRIZE" will motivate and inspire new generations, much like the previous ANSARI X PRIZE. For more information, please visit http://www.xprize.org.

Education Day is made possible by sponsor Northrop Grumman Foundation, partnering with LA Unified School District, Los Angeles County Office of Education, LA’s BEST and After School All–Stars program.

WHEN: Thursday, September 13th, 2007
Education Day / 9:00am – 1:00pm / LA Convention Center
Opening Ceremony / 10:00am – 10:30am / South Hall Plaza (outside)
X PRIZE Announcement / 10:30am – 11:00am / South Halls, J&K

WHERE: WIRED NextFest
Los Angeles Convention Center
1202 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

For more information, please contact: Asa Fenton at +1 415-365-0482 or asa.fenton @ bitepr.com

To register for WIRED NextFest 2007, please visit: http://www.wirednextfest.com/inform/press_registration.php

ABOUT WIRED NextFest 2007
WIRED NextFest 2007 builds on the success of the previous three years, where the four-day festival attracted more than 100,000 attendees combined in New York (2006), Chicago (2005) and San Francisco (2004). The event brings together innovations from inventors and research and development labs from around the world for both children and adults alike. Staged in thematic pavilions covering more than 150,000 square feet in the Los Angeles Convention Center, the exhibition will feature advances in communication, design, entertainment, energy, the environment, exploration, medicine/health, robotics, security and transportation. Please visit: http://www.wirednextfest.com.

ABOUT the Northrop Grumman Foundation
The Northrop Grumman Foundation is primarily focused on supporting diverse and sustainable programs that improve the educational experience for students, especially in the subjects of literacy, math, science and technology. Please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com or call 1 888-478-5478.

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