Top Scientists Visit City of Alexandria Schools as Part of USA Science and Engineering Festival's Efforts to Ignite Interest in Math and Sciences

Schools and Libraries

February 14, 2016

Anthropologist and Artist Inspire Students


A variety of scientists will be visiting City of Alexandria-area schools as guest lecturers, providing insights about their careers and work as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival's Nifty Fifty (times 4) Program presented by InfoComm International which sends more than 200 top scientists and engineers into area schools in advance of the Festival to ignite students' passion for science and engineering. Taking place April 16-17 in DC, the Festival, sponsored by Founding and Presenting Host Lockheed Martin, is a free expo 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 14 with X-STEM: Extreme STEM Symposium presented by MedImmune a "TED-style" event for youth featuring interactive presentations and workshops by STEM visionaries.

February 18, 1:30pm
Joshua Bell, Smithsonian anthropologist, will discuss how cell phones are changing humans and the world.
St. Agnes and St. Stephens Middle School Campus, Alexandria, VA
March 30, 10:30am
Rebecca Kamen, NVCC professor and artist, will explore the intersection of art and science.
TC Williams High School, Alexandria, VA


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's 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 until mid-April. To cover this Nifty Fifty event or to find other interesting ways to cover the Festival, please contact Shawn Flaherty at 703-554-3609.