Visit to White House/Performers Wanted

From: Lawrence B.
Sent on: Monday, November 30, 2009 3:09 AM
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Newsletter No. 6 - November 30, 2009     Forward to a Friend
Festival Dates:                             Expo on the National Mall:
10/10/10 - 10/24/10          10/23 & 10/24

Science Performers Wanted:
Calling Magicians, Jugglers, Musicians and others to perform on one of three Expo stages. Fill out our online form or read more below!

Wait a minute!
Is that Larry with President Obama???

The USA Science & Engineering Festival got national attention last week when President Obama announced his major Science Education Initiative. In a Forrest Gump like moment, the LA Times caught a glimpse of Larry Bock in this photo with President Obama.

Larry Bock with President Barack Obama

Last Monday, a select group of leaders in science education were invited to join President Obama as he announced the government's new "Educate to Innovate" initiative, designed to move our country from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math education over the next decade.

"The key to meeting these challenges -- to improving our health and well-being, to harnessing clean energy, to protecting our security, and succeeding in the global economy -- will be reaffirming and strengthening America's role as the world's engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation.  And that leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today, especially in those fields that hold the promise of producing future innovations and innovators.  And that's why education in math and science is so important," explained President Obama as he launched this historic effort to inspire and educate a new generation in math and science.

Among the invitees were the founder of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, Larry Bock, as well as many of the Festival's exhibitors, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Chemical Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Science Foundation, the National Society of Black Engineers, FIRST Robotics and many others.

The entire text of the president's inspiring "Educate to Innovate" speech is available here.
What do Comedians, Magicians, Cheerleaders,
Musicians, Jugglers, Rappers and Actors have to do with Science?

Find out for yourself at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall, which features over 40 stages shows on three different stages!
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One highlight not to be missed will be the TalkingScience Cabaret, which combines scientist-musicians and stage acts that illustrate scientific principles. The nationally popular Cabaret, a project of the Science Friday Initiative (the nonprofit partner of Science Friday - host Ira Flatow - on National Public Radio, NPR), includes a science quiz show with prizes and other chances for the audience to contribute to the performance.  A hit at clubs, schools, and science institutions, "the Cabaret can't wait to come to Washington for the Festival!" exclaims Ann Marie Cunningham, Executive Director, Science Friday Initiative. TalkingScience Cabaret acts will include The Amygdaloids - a rock band of four neuroscientists from New York University; and The Jersey Guys - two Broadway-bound physicists from Rutgers University who perform physics demos.


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Then
tap your feet to the tunes of the popular eco-band Banana Slug String Band. "Music creates a hook and a rhythm which serve to highlight the wonder of science and the world around us," says singer-songwriter Steve Van Zandt.  Dubbed the premier eco-band in the country by Chicago Parent Magazine, the Banana Slug String Band will be performing a wide range of their environmentally-themed tunes -- from "Water Cycle Boogie" to "Ruminant Chew" to "Dirt Made My Lunch" -- all with scientifically accurate lyrics to teach youngsters to understand and care for our precious Earth.

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Science at the Expo will take on an athletic theme when Darlene Cavalier, an academic professional from the University of Pennsylvania and former cheerleader for the Philadelphia 76er's basketball team, partners with Going Pro Entertainment, a nationwide network of cheerleading and dance consultants, to showcase professional cheerleaders-turned scientists.  Their performance is designed "to make science sexy, engaging and just plain awesome...and to get people pumped up for science as they a
re for sports!" says Cavalier.

Be sure to check out these cool performances as well:

JoeSchwarzc-The Comedy of Science
by Norman Goldblatt

-The Magic of Chemistry
by Joe Schwarcz

-Science Comedy Central
by Brian Malow

-Quantum Theatre
by University of Texas El Paso

-The Versatile Mr. Freeze
by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 

-Magic Tricks-Science Facts
by Prof. Bob Friedhoffer

If you know of other science performers we should invite to the Expo, please email Ruth Kiefer at [address removed]

Making Math Cool for Kids

(Okay, we are NOT renaming the Festival the USA Science, Engineering & MATH Festival, but Math will play a major part in the event!)

There is not a school year that goes by that K-12 teachers aren't asked this question by students:  "Why do I need to study math anyway?"


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To be sure, mathematics has long been the academic nemesis and source of anxiety for many a student. In an effort to change students' perceptions of math, we are assembling some of the leading math organizations in the nation to show Expo-goers that math is both exciting and relevant.

"Those of us who chose mathematics as our career know that math is fun"  says Tina Straley, Executive Director of the Mathematical Association of America. "It is fascinating to find that mathematics is everywhere.  We know it is used in rocket science, but it is also found in juggling and computer circuitry.  Mathematics uncovers patterns where there seem to be none such as in the distribution of snowflakes or the organization of the universe."

Experts will tell you math is important because it is the most widely used subject in the world.  Every career uses some sort of math, and more important, none of us would be able to function effectively in everyday living without it.  


ExpandIn essence, math is about problem solving, and learning math teaches us to be better problem solvers and analytical thinkers. What's more, in the increasingly technical and complicated world in which we live, problem solvers are highly desirable in the competitive, high-paying careers of tomorrow, such as science and engineering.

But try telling all this to a high school sophomore who seriously questions the importance of knowing how to use the quadratic equation or find the volume of a cone. 


The key for math teachers is showing in concrete terms how math and problem solving is intricately interwoven and relevant to everyday life. Kichoon Yang, Executive Director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, agrees: "Math teachers are always looking for interesting and current contexts to engage students in their learning, reasoning, and sense making of mathematics. An event like the Science & Engineering Festival can get students excited about math by showing them how relevant and exciting math can be."


And when it comes to careers in mathematics (or in professions that use a great deal of critical thinking), the future is indeed bright, especially its potential to help develop new technologies and solve societal problems.

 
"Mathematics underpins many technologies such as: artificial heart values, arterial stents, speech recognition, fingerprint storage, weather forecasting and internet communication," says Samuel M. Rankin, Associate Executive Director of the American Mathematical Society.

Mathematics will also play a significant role in addressing climate change, finding new sustainable energy sources, and addressing problems in ecology, genetics and in the social sciences, including political science, law and criminology. "I would encourage any young girl with an interest in math to explore it as a career option" says Maeve McCarthy, Executive Director of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

 
Here's a brief rundown of some of the exciting hands-on math activities these participating organizations have planned:  
 

SIAMSociety for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Math Alive:Come and experience living mathematics. The engaging activities will demonstrate how mathematics connects with many aspects of real life including science and technology, medicine and health, sports and entertainment.
 
NCTM
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Teen Talk Barbie: Teen Talk Barbie may have thought "math class is tough," but Bungee Barbie thinks math is cool! She also thinks that jumping from tall structures while connected to an elastic cord is exhilarating! Join us for an experiment and help us figure out how to give Barbie an awesome, yet safe, thrill ride.
 
AWM
Association for Women in Mathematics

Who was Sonia K? Come learn about how Sonia Kovalevsky challenged the mathematical community to accept women and how we celebrate her life today.
 

AMS
American Mathematical Society

Powered by Math: Explore the intrinsic power, patterns and passion of mathematics!
 


MathematicalAssociationofAmericaMathematical Association of America
Math is Everywhere: Explore math in the world through fun interactive activities such as card shuffling, magic tricks, juggling, origami, and more!


Sign Up!  We are looking for additional math organizations with interactive presentations that show the importance and relevance of math.

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