SOURCE: USA Science & Engineering Festival.
Date: April 13, 2016
Contact: Shawn Flaherty, 703-554-3609
APR. 15: Media “Sneak Peek” at USA Science & Engineering Festival; 3,000 Exhibits
Kick-Off Day Early for Media and Field Trips
Festival Opens to Public on April 16-17, Expected to Draw 350K
Sneak Peek Friday—presented by Chevron—for invited press, students and military families will be held Friday, April 15, 2016 for the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, sponsored by Founding and Presenting Host Lockheed Martin. Reporters are invited to get a preview of this free, family-friendly expo which takes place April 16-17 at the convention center and allows kids and adults to participate in more than 3,000 hands-on exhibits, experiments, and incredible live performances by science celebrities-such as Wil Wheaton and They Might Be Giants, explorers, astronauts, physicists, inventors, and experts in fields like cryogenics, bio engineering, genomics, paleontology, and space exploration. Attendees will be able to test a flight simulator, interact with robots, experience Mars, meet astronauts, see how the brain works, analyze their golf swing, and more.
April 15, 8:30am-3pm: Media Sneak Peek Day Highlights:
8:30am Ribbon Cutting with Students, Sponsors, Festival Director (Einstein Stage)
9:15am Special event with Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson to
unveil new virtual reality experiences and technologies, and discuss a new initiative in
STEM and deep space exploration (Lockheed Martin Exhibit)
11:00am Press availability by Dr. Melissa Flagg, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for
Research (DoD Pavilion Hall C)
9am-3pm Chevron spokespeople available to discuss new whitepaper on increasing diversity in
STEM (Chevron’s STEM Zone)
9am-3pm Exhibits open for press and guests, including Career Pavilion, hosted by Booz Allen
Hamilton (Stage shows only open on weekend)
Note: Festival Expo is open to the public April 16-17, 2016 starting at 10am
• 50,000 science students from area schools
• 3,000 exhibitors
• Several hundred military families
• Hundreds of leading scientists and engineers
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C.
Note: Press registration outside Room 101, near L Street entrance in main building
Founded by entrepreneur Larry Bock and Lockheed Martin executives to address the severe shortage in science and tech talent, the USA Science & Engineering Festival is the country’s only national science festival. The Festival was developed to increase public awareness of the importance of science and to ignite youth’s interest in pursuing careers in science and engineering by celebrating science in the same way that Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and pop stars are celebrated.
To cover Sneak Peek, contact Shawn Flaherty at 703-554-3609.
Festival sponsors include: Founding and Presenting Host Lockheed Martin, Chevron, FamilyFun
Magazine, Parents Magazine, Scientific American, American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS), Career Communications Group, U.S. Department of Defense, Discovery &
Astronomy Magazines, Diversity Comm, InfoComm International, MedImmune, Science Buddies,
STEMConnector, Teen Life Media, United States Air Force, 3M, American Chemical Society and
C&EN, American Physical Society, Booz Allen Hamilton, ENGINEERING.COM, Events DC, Farrell
Family Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trust, Howard University, Innovation & Tech
Today, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Physics Today, ResMed Foundation, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society and American Scientist Magazine.