SAN DIEGO – March 5, 2014 – NanoTecNexus (NTN) will be participating in the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo and Book Fair, hosted by founding and presenting sponsor Lockheed Martin. Designed to inspire the next generation of innovators, the Festival Expo is a free, family-friendly expo that allows kids and adults to participate in more than 3,000 hands-on activities and see more than 100 live stage performances.
“We are proud to be an exhibitor and official partner of this national scale educational event referred to as ‘Superbowl of STEM’ and do our part in getting kids excited about nanoscience and nanotechnology.” said Adriana Vela, Founder of NanoTecNexus. “The team has been working very hard to design educational content and we thank our sponsors who are helping us make this outreach program a reality.”
The Festival Expo, which takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC on April 26 and 27th from 9am-6pm, is the free grand finale of the Festival’s year-long science celebration. Taking 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 competitions such as EPA P3’s sustainability challenge. In all, the Festival expects more than 250,000 people to participate.
NanoTecNexus debuts the ‘Do you Nano?’ booth #2927 joining forces with the Graduate Society of Nanoengineers at the Department of NanoEngineering, UC, San Diego to expand on its educational content and create an array of fun, hands-on activities and demonstrations that will spark the imagination of attendees of all ages. Supporting the effort as a Platinum sponsor is PerkinElmer Inc. whose analytical Instruments enable engineers and scientists to measure and better understand nanomaterials and their diverse applications.
“At this year’s USASEF, we are excited to partner with Department of Nano Engineering at UCSD to grow awareness of nano enabled science and engineering projects. We look forward to helping educate and support new nano-engineers as they pursue the exciting world of nano materials.” said Heidi Grecsek, National Account Manager, Environmental Health, PerkinElmer.
The Festival features science celebrities, explorers, astronauts, athletes, authors, and experts in fields like robotics, genomics, medicine, advanced manufacturing, nanotechnology and even 3D printing. Participating celebrities include:
- Dirty Job’s Mike Rowe (Discovery Channel)
- Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- Bill Nye the Science Guy
- Grammy Award-Winners “They Might Be Giants”
- Author and Illustrator David Macaulay
- Author and Actress (Wonder Years) Danica McKeller
- Miss California Crystal Lee (Stanford grad, Miss USA Runner Up, and STEM advocate)
- Design Squad’s Nate Bell (PBS)
- Illusionist Apollo Robbins
- Stuck with Hackett’s Chris Hackett (Science Channel)
- “Super Woman of Big-Wave Surfing” Maya Gabeira
- MoneyBall’s Paul Depodesta
- Cast and crew from TV Shows like Big Bang Theory, House and Breaking Bad
Among its themes this year is a focus on encouraging diversity in STEM careers. Also with more than three million unfilled jobs that require STEM experience, the event is highlighting skills based and “do-it-yourself” professions— with the help of Mike Rowe—to emphasize the dire need for skilled workers. In addition, the Festival is showcasing new technologies and their applications.
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 and was developed to ignite the next generation’s interest in considering careers in science and engineering. In recognition of the Festival’s role in making STEM a national priority, Congress recently designated the last week in April as “National Science Week” and made the Festival a focal point.
“Science is amazing…that’s our message to kids and adults attending the Festival. Staying competitive as a nation means we have to encourage more kids to think about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). What better way to capture their imaginations than gathering the rock stars of science in one place and providing activities they can really do?” explained Larry Bock, Festival co-founder.
NanoTecNexus (NTN) has traditionally focused on the business-education ecosystem specializing in the field of nanotechnology and its impact on industry, academia and society. Founded in 2004, it is acclaimed as a leading non-profit organization dedicated to achieving meaningful change in how society learns about nanoscience and inspire K-12 students to pursue STEM education and careers.. NTN was originally founded as NanoBioNexus in 2004 and dedicated the first five years to the intersection of nanotechnology and biotechnology. In 2009, the organization expanded to other sectors and continues to evolve to meet the ever changing needs of its target market.
PerkinElmer is dedicated to supporting the growing needs of the nano material testing world and committed to investment in and development of advanced analytical technologies, complemented by our comprehensive service offerings. This commitment enables nano researchers and industry users to maximize the understanding of nano materials, track the changes in nano enabled products and supports consistent manufacturing. PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment. The Company reported revenue of approximately $2.2 billion in 2013, has about 7,600 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, and is a component of the S&P 500 Index. Additional information is available through 1-877-PKI-NYSE, or at www.perkinelmer.com.