Reaching the Crowd with Science & Engineering Informal Education

Created by Kevin McCue on Apr 23, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012 at Room 106, Dirksen Senate Office Building

Starts at 2:00 PM · Ends at 3:30 PM, EDT (America/New_York)

  • Kevin McCue

A special ACS Science in the Congress Briefing for the USA Science and Engineering Festival


USA Science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) education and communication is vital to ensuring a competitive workforce and literate electorate. While formal education is critical, informal programming serves to captivate and retain interest in STEM topics and skillsets. Examples of informal venues and approaches span science/engineering festivals and thematic outreach, museums and science/technology centers, and mass media offerings from children’s shows to “infotainment” in both reality and fiction (e.g. MythBusters, The Big Bang Theory). This panel, all experienced in informal STEM education and communication, will discuss approaches that can support and actualize STEM policies.



James Bell, Association of Science-Technology Centers

Lawrence Bock, USA Science & Engineering Festival

Diane Bunce, Ph.D., Catholic University of America

Bill Nye, The Planetary Society


Refreshments will be served.


A congressional briefing coordinated with the office of Senator Durbin and Honorary Co-Hosts Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and The STEM Education Caucus with Co-Chairs Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) and Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)


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USA Science and Engineering Festival


Room 106, Dirksen Senate Office Building