The USA Science & Engineering Festival is going virtual this year in light of the COVID-19 quarantine, creating an interactive and educational STEM event for kids to experience at home.

Students can learn directly from an exclusive group of innovators with careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, including Dr. Anthony Fauci (pictured above) and astronaut Christina H. Koch. The festival’s usual X-STEM Symposium will transform into a virtual format, called X-STEM All Access, which will include a series of free daily livestream events on May 13-15 and May 18-19 from 1-2 p.m. EDT.

Science educator Justin Shaifer is moderating the series, which will focus on these topics: Shattering STEM Stereotypes, Ambassadors of Conservation and the Climate, Exploring Our Planet, Science that Saves Lives, and Life Beyond Our World.

The speakers include:

  • Christina H. Koch, NASA astronaut
  • Dr. Knatokie Ford, biomedical scientist
  • Kim Swennen, Google engineer
  • Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist
  • Dr. Mireya Mayor, primatologist
  • Dr. David Gallo, oceanographer
  • Jill Heinerth, underwater cave explorer
  • Dr. Mika Sovak, medical oncologist and drug discoverer
  • Dr. Greg Gage, neuroscientist
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID director and infectious disease researcher
  • Dr. Francis Collins, NIH director
  • Bobak Ferdowsi, aerospace systems engineer

Speakers will interact with each other and attendees through Q&A sessions. The presentations will be geared toward a middle- and high-school-level audience, and educators are welcome to include X-STEM All Access into their distance learning curriculum.

Registration is free and attendees will receive a link to attend all five livestream events. Click here to register.

For more activities and resources for your family to do while staying safe at home, click here.

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Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco was a Senior Editor of The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She covered toy trends, pop culture, and entertainment news, and made appearances on national and regional outlets, including CBS, WPIX, News 12, and more. Jackie spends her time watching horror movies and working her way through every Stephen King novel out there.