Top Scientist Visits Alexandria School as Part of USA Science and Engineering Festival

Arts and Entertainment

February 22, 2018

A top scientist will be visiting a City of Alexandria-area school as a guest lecturer, providing insights about their careers and work as part USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty Program which sends more than 200 top scientists and engineers into schools around the country in advance of the Festival to ignite students’ passion for science and engineering.  Taking place April 7-8 in DC, the Festival’s Expo, presented by Lockheed Martin, is a free event that allows kids and adults to participate in over 3,000 hands-on activities and see live performances by science celebrities and experts. The Festival will kick off on April 5 with the X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium—presented by PwC and NCR—a “TED-style” event for youth featuring interactive presentations and workshops by STEM visionaries.

Nancy Knowlton, Smithsonian Coral Reef Biologist, will discuss the importance of the disappearing coral reefs.

Founded by serial entrepreneur Larry Bock and Lockheed Martin executives to address the severe shortage in science and tech talent, the USA Science & Engineering Festival is the Super Bowl of STEM, 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 the way we celebrate Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and pop stars.  To support this effort, the Nifty Fifty are science stars carefully chosen for their differing fields, talents, divergent backgrounds and ages and include inventors, policy makers, actors, educators, researchers, explorers, video game developers, alien hunters, astronauts, doctors, and more.

The Festival’s Nifty Fifty events are taking place throughout the region through the Festival.

Date: February 28, 2018

Time: 12:30pm

Location: Riverside Elementary School