Big name scientists and engineers will be visiting Anne Arundel County and other Washington D.C. area schools to pique students’ interest as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty (times 3) Program.
The program is presented by InfoComm International and will send more than 150 top scientists and engineers into area schools in advance of the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. to ignite students’ passion for science and engineering.
The festival, hosted by Lockheed Martin April 26-27, 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. Called the Superbowl of STEM, the USA Science & Engineering Festival 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 entrepreneurs and financiers, policy makers, actors, journalists, educators, researchers, explorers, video game developers, alien hunters, astronauts and brain surgeons.
Visitors to Anne Arundel County schools include Angela Moran who is a professor of materials engineering at the US Naval Academy. On Feb. 20 at Magothy Middle School she will discuss her passion for building and understanding things and how it shapes her work. On April 7, Shon Isenhour who is a reliability engineer with GPAllied and is a high-tech troubleshooter, will discuss engineering in the world of manufacturing at George Fox Middle School in Pasadena.
Schools interested in hosting one of the Nifty Fifty should visit the USA Science & Engineering Festival website.