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Media Advisory 13-014

Change the World: Science & Engineering Careers Fair to be held at Dulles Town Center Mall

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics innovators to exhibit at event sponsored by Congressman Frank Wolf and the National Science Foundation September 27-28

Illustration showing a globe and the text STEM Careers Fair Sept. 27-28, 2013.

More than 50 exhibitors to provide hands-on experiences for middle- and high-school students.

September 17, 2013

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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics--the so-called STEM fields--are the foremost drivers of American competitiveness in an increasingly global economy. Research shows that more than half of U.S. economic growth during the last 50 years has resulted from improved productivity brought about by STEM-led innovations.

But making students aware of the interesting research and broad range of career options associated with STEM education can be challenging. That's why on Sept. 27-28 at the Dulles Town Center in Loudoun County, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are hosting a free event--Change the World: Science & Engineering Careers Fair for Middle and High School Students and Their Families.

More than 50 exhibitors will be there, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Institutes of Health, NASA, the Friends of the National Zoo and others.

Through interactive exhibits, students and parents can get hands-on experience: moving FIRST Tech Robots around a competition field, negotiating obstacles and solving simple challenges; collecting data in real time from some of the ocean's unexplored and most challenging depths; meeting researchers who chase storms and researchers who discover new dinosaur species; creating an earthquake; building a rollercoaster and much more.

An opening ceremony will take place on Friday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. Speaking at the ceremony will be Congressman Wolf, NSF Acting Director Cora Marrett, NSF's Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Story Pirates storyteller Sam Reiff and storm chaser Josh Wurman.

Details are below:


Middle school and high school students, teachers and families


Change the World: STEM Careers Fair


Sept. 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Dulles Town Center, 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Dulles, Va. 20166

Media are encouraged to direct questions to Bobbie Mixon in NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at 703-292-8485, or Media can also contact Jill Shatzen in Congressman Wolf's office at 202-225-5136.


Media Contacts
Bobbie Mixon, NSF, (703) 292-8485, email:

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