Wendy Rogers to Represent FABBS Foundation at USASEF's Inaugural X-STEM Event

Dr. Wendy Rogers of Georgia Institute of Technology and a member of the FABBS Foundation Board, is a featured speaker during the first ever X-STEM: Extreme STEM Symposium—presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune.  The symposium kicks-off the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo and Book Fair, hosted by founding and presenting sponsor Lockheed Martin.  Held in Washington DC, X-STEM is a “TED-style” event for kids with talks by 50 of the nation's most noted science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals representing top universities, corporations, non-profits, and governmental agencies.

“X-STEM is the perfect start for the Festival as we work to spark kids’ interest in STEM careers.  Opening students’ minds to all the possibilities that science creates is critical to ensuring our nation’s progress,” explained Larry Bock, Festival co-founder. 

Geared towards middle and high-school students, X-STEM features interactive presentations and workshops by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower and inspire kids about STEM careers. Throughout the day, top STEM role models and industry leaders will ignite students’ curiosity through storytelling and live demonstrations.  Sessions will cover a wide array of subject areas including space exploration, storm chasing, oceanography, the science of social networks, the physics of superheroes, mathematical puzzles and more.

Rogers will present on "Using the Power of Research to Help us Age Successfully," based on her research in human factors and aging. Rogers and her team at Georgia Tech use their scientific knowledge to better design products, environments, and training programs to facilitate quality of life. They have been focused on technology and robotics to enhance activities of daily living and she will present examples from their human-robot interaction research.

"Through application of our scientific data we hope to accomplish the goal of helping people enjoy the added longevity that they experience in today's world," says Rogers.

Other notable speakers include Dr. Francis Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The symposium is part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, which culminates with the Festival Expo on April 26-27.  The Festival Expo is a free, family-friendly event with more than 3,000 hands-on activities and 100 live stage performances.  In all, the Festival expects more than 250,000 people to participate.

Founded by serial entrepreneur Larry Bock and Lockheed Martin CTO Ray O Johnson to address the severe shortage in science and tech talent, the USA Science & Engineering Festival is the nation’s largest science festival.  To learn more, visit www.USAScienceFestival.org or watch the video at www.usasciencefestival.org/festival-highlight-video.