Visions of Exploration Joins USA Science and Engineering Festival

Oct 05, 2010, 12:14 ET from Air Force Association

AFA and USA TODAY Program to Provide Hands-on Activity at Festival Expo

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Visions of Exploration, a program created by AFA and USA TODAY Education, will be joining the Inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall on October 23 and 24, 2010, to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines among today's youth.

Visions of Exploration was created to inspire students to explore careers in the fields of STEM disciplines while also raising awareness of the importance of aerospace technology. Since its establishment, the Visions program has impacted nearly 13 million students guided by approximately 24,000 teachers who enhance students' skills in STEM and aerospace education.

In addition, the Visions program looks to prepare students for the world beyond the classroom by developing critical-thinking and communications skills.

To further its mission, the Visions program will be participating in the exposition that is to culminate the first annual USA Science and Engineering Festival, hosted by Lockheed Martin. The festival, which begins October 10, 2010, promises to be the ultimate multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary celebration of science in the United States.

The agenda of the two-week festival will include daytime, evening and weekend events filled with workshops, lectures and performances throughout the Greater DC Area. The two-day expo will include more than 1500 hands-on activities and more than 75 stage shows, featuring science celebrities, magicians, jugglers, rappers and more. Exhibits for all ages and scientific knowledge will be available.

The expo is free to the public and will be open October 23 and 24, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No tickets or pre-registration required.

For additional information on Visions of Exploration, visit  For additional information on the Inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival, visit

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