RICHARDSON, TX (PRWEB) April 23, 2014
Anousheh Ansari, CEO and co-founder of Prodea Systems, is a featured speaker during the first ever X-STEM: Extreme STEM Symposium—presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune. The symposium kicks-off the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo and Book Fair, hosted by founding and presenting sponsor Lockheed Martin. Being held on April 24th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC, X-STEM is a “TED-style” event for kids with talks by 50 of the nation's most noted science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals representing top universities, corporations, non-profits, and governmental agencies.
“X-STEM is the perfect start for the Festival as we work to spark kids’ interest in STEM careers. Opening students’ minds to all the possibilities that science creates is critical to ensuring our nation’s progress,” explained Larry Bock, Festival co-founder.
Geared towards middle and high-school students, X-STEM features interactive presentations and workshops by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower and inspire kids about STEM careers. Throughout the day, top STEM role models and industry leaders will ignite students’ curiosity through storytelling and live demonstrations. Sessions will cover a wide array of subject areas including space exploration, storm chasing, oceanography, the science of social networks, the physics of superheroes, mathematical puzzles and more.
Ansari will be speaking to the power and importance of imagination in a world of exponential technological change. A serial entrepreneur, Ansari is co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, her latest endeavor to address the challenges of the Internet of Things (IoT) by combining state of the art technology and simplicity in a single solution for the everyday consumer. Ansari became the fourth ever, and first female, private spaceflight participant when she flew to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2006. During her eight-day stay onboard the ISS, Ansari performed a series of experiments on behalf of the European Space Agency, including consequences of space radiation on crew members and different species of microbes on the ISS. Ansari is now a “Space Ambassador,” seeking to create public awareness for space exploration and promote peace and exploration among nations.
In addition to Anousheh Ansari, here is a sampling of scheduled X-STEM speakers and their topics:
X-STEM runs from 9am-5pm and has a nominal cost of $15 per person for students and educators and $25 for others. Space is limited to the first 3,000 registrants. Schools and individuals interested in attending should sign up at: http://www.usasciencefestival.org/schoolprograms/x-stem-extreme-stem-symposium/x-stem-registration-form.html.
The symposium is part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, which culminates with the Festival Expo on April 26-27 from 9am-6pm. The Festival Expo is a free, family-friendly event with more than 3,000 hands-on activities and 100 live stage performances. Taking over the entire convention center, the Festival Expo will also have a Career Pavilion, Book Fair —complete with signings by well-known science authors, and multiple workshops and competitions such as EPA P3’s sustainability challenge, making it the Super Bowl of STEM. In all, the Festival expects more than 250,000 people to participate.
Founded by serial entrepreneur Larry Bock and Lockheed Martin CTO Ray O Johnson to address the severe shortage in science and tech talent, the USA Science & Engineering Festival is the nation’s largest science festival. To learn more, visit http://www.USAScienceFestival.org or watch the video at http://www.usasciencefestival.org/festival-highlight-video.