Eco-Schools Checks Out the USA Science and Engineering Festival

Mendenhall Glacier Berg
The Author and the 1500 lb Mendenhall Glacier Berg

President Barack Obama recently hosted the White House Science Fair to celebrate winners of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competitions from across the country.

The president has identified STEM education as a necessary component to the success of America’s economy.   It is fitting that the Obama administration welcomed the Inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival to the nation’s capital.

The expo, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, transformed the National Mall, Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium and Freedom Plaza into havens for innovation, exploration, and experimentation.

In a time where students in America rank 17th in the world in science and math—whereas once they ranked 3rd—there’s no better time to provide such a robust arena as this past weekend’s event in order to get students interested in STEM disciplines.

I was happy to attend with my family, and everywhere we looked were scientists, mathematicians and engineers eager to share their knowledge and inspire people of all ages.

From Robotics to Nanotechnologies, Mutant Pathogens to Solar Technologies, and an actual piece of glacier from the Mendenhall Glacier Berg, there was definitely something for everyone.

Adults and children engaged in hands-on learning and discussions with scientists from various organizations including NASA, NOAA, the Department of Energy, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, National Science Foundation, National Academy of Engineering and the National Science Teachers Association.

Through the Eco-Schools USA framework, students take charge of their learning and are motivated to put action behind their thoughts and words.  Eco-Schools is a proven leader in environmental education, placing emphasis on STEM subjects and educating the whole student through strategic partnerships formed around the country.

If you didn’t have a chance to make the USA Science & Engineering Festival this time around, join us next year for what is sure to be one “STEM”tastic time!