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USA Science & Engineering Festival: Washn., DC, FREE

[ 0 ] Apr. 2, 2012 | SBO Editor

The USA Science & Engineering Festival hosted by Lockheed Martin will set the stage for attendees to meet some of the biggest celebrities in the science world on April 28-29 in Washington, D.C. Whether you’re a fan of Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, hosts of the Discovery Channel’s hit TV series the MythBusters, Bill Nye the Science Guy, the Big Bang Theory or the many entrepreneurs who are leading the charge in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) fields, the stars will be out in full force at the Festival – the nation’s largest celebration of science and engineering.
“The Festival is extremely fortunate to have very strong relationships with some of the most famous science celebrities, performers and entrepreneurs who will join us for the festival this year,” said Larry Bock, Executive Director of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. “We believe that these high profile personalities of the science world have a profound impact on increasing the knowledge of, and interest in, science for both adults and children, and we’re proud to have so many fantastic ambassadors.”
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman – hosts of the Discovery Channel’s hit TV series MythBusters – are scheduled to perform at the Festival. During their performance, Adam and Jamie will talk about their favorite myths in the world of science, technology, movies, the Internet, history, news stories and other topics they’ve tested on the show.
“The Festival gives us a great opportunity to bring our take on science into an arena where everyone can truly appreciate and enjoy it,” said Adam Savage. “To be able to bring our show in front of a live audience adds extra energy to what we do, which further convinces us that science is indeed cool and meaningful.”
Mayim Bialik, the talented actress-scientist who plays the brainy Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS TV hit comedy The Big Bang Theory will also perform during the Festival. Now a married mother of two, the actress who played the title character on NBC’s Blossom, has not only made a name for herself in the entertainment industry, but she has also earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has written a book on parenting based on the science of hormones involved in parent-child bonding that is scheduled for release later this year. She is also conducting her research toward her Ph.D. in neuroscience at UCLA that focuses on obsessive- compulsive disorder among people with Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare condition in which the hypothalamus malfunctions.
“As an actress, scientist and parent, I feel that I bring a unique perspective to the Festival,” said Bialik. “I look forward to discussing my experiences and accomplishments with children to inspire them to reach their potential and get excited about science and STEM fields.”
Festival favorite, Bill Nye the Science Guy, will demonstrate the Passion, Beauty and Joy – or, as he calls it, the P.B. and J. – of Science by talking about our planet’s place in the cosmos.
“This is our second year of involvement at the USA Science & Engineering Festival,” said Nye. “We want to get kids excited about science, especially space exploration and understanding the Earth as a planet. We want the U.S. to be able to compete on the world stage, address climate change and improve the quality of life for people everywhere We need creative math and science students, and especially, we need engineers.”

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