Actor Wil Wheaton and They Might Be Giants Headline USA Science & Engineering Festival, Free Expo with 3,000 Hands-on Activities, Shows and Celebs

Super Bowl of STEM to Draw 350,000 to D.C. Convention Center

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Big Bang Theory’s Wil Wheaton and Grammy Award-winning band They
Might Be Giants
are among an all-star line-up of science celebrities
that are performing at the free 4th USA
Science & Engineering Festival Expo
, sponsored by Founding and
Presenting Host Lockheed
. Expected to draw 350,000 attendees, the Festival takes place
on April 16th and 17th at the Walter E. Washington
Convention Center in Washington, D.C. to inspire the next generation of
inventors and innovators.

“We are what we celebrate. If we want to compete better in the global
economy, we need to ignite young people’s interest in STEM careers. At
this national festival, we are celebrating and elevating STEM in an
unbelievable way,” explained Larry Bock, Festival founder.

Taking over the entire convention center, the family-friendly event
allows kids and adults to participate in more than 3,000 hands-on
exhibits, experiments, and incredible live performances by science
celebrities, explorers, astronauts, athletes, physicists, musicians,
authors, inventors, and experts in fields like cryogenics, robotics,
genomics, paleontology, space exploration, 3D printing and more. The
Festival also features a Career
, hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton.

In addition to Wheaton and They Might Be Giants, other featured stage
show science
performers and speakers

  • Sick Science’s Steve Spangler
  • Doktor Kaboom, Science Comedian
  • Tyraine Ragsdale (a.k.a. Grand Hank), presents the Superpowers of Hip
  • “Science Bob,” Teacher appearing on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live and
    Dr. Oz
  • Paleontologist Scott Sampson, Host of PBS Kids’ Dinosaur Train
  • Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist
  • Erik Weihenmayer, blind adventurer who climbed Mount Everest
  • Science Cheerleaders
  • Art Benjamin, Mathemagician
  • Dr. William Phillips, Nobel Prize-winning Physicist
  • Keith Michael Johnson, Bubbleologist
  • Deanne Bell, Founder & CEO, Future Engineers, and Co-Host, CNBC’s Make
    Me a Millionaire
  • Blair Bigelow, Business Development, Bigelow Aerospace

The Festival Expo is open to the public on April 16-17 from 10am-6pm
(closes at 4pm on Sunday). The Festival kicks off on April 14th with the X-STEM
, featuring “TED-style” talks for kids by science
visionaries presented by MedImmune. In addition, “Sneak Peek Friday”
hosted by Chevron takes place on April 15th to give press as well as
about 50,000 students from area schools an early look at the Festival.

To find interesting ways to cover the Festival or to sign up for media
Sneak Peek Friday, contact Shawn Flaherty at 703-554-3609. Learn more at


The USA Science & Engineering Festival is the only national science
festival. It was developed to increase public awareness about the
importance of science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in
science and engineering by celebrating science in much the same way as
society celebrates Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and pop
stars. Lockheed Martin is the founding and presenting host of the
festival, with important support from Chevron. Visit,
connect on Facebook, and follow on Twitter @USAScienceFest.


USA Science & Engineering Festival
Shawn Flaherty, 703-554-3609