STEM Stage Events

2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival

Danica McKellar: Breaking the “Math Nerd” Stereotype Among Girls

Danica McKellar, presently seen on the newest season of the ABC juggernaut Dancing With The Stars, is best known as “Winnie Cooper” on The Wonder Years and “Elsie Snuffin” on The West Wing, is now a three-time New York Times bestselling author with her groundbreaking books, Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed and her newest and  fourth book, Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape. Tackling math education and simultaneously breaking the stereotype of the “math nerd,” Danica was named “Person of the Week” by ABC World News with Charles Gibson at her debut as the author of these highly entertaining and illuminating math books. Danica shows girls how to master many of the tough math concepts that are introduced in middle school and high school, the time when young girls begin to shy away from math. And Danica’s message to girls?  Smart is sexy!

Travis Mills: A Soldier's Story


On the Lockheed Martin stage, the audience will hear the inspiring story of wounded warrior and motivational speaker, retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne. Travis is one of only five quadruple amputees who served in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive such injuries. Travis’ larger-than-life personality, sense of humor and incredible spirit for life is sure to be infectious as he shares his past, present and hope for the future. His “never give up, never quit” attitude will be an ongoing theme throughout the presentation. He will also speak about the modern medical advancements that saved his life and the engineering behind his prosthetics that allow him to pursue his daily endeavors – highlighting key areas of STEM. Travis’ story inspired the creation of the documentary: Travis: A Soldier’s Story, which will be included in his talk during the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival.

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Saturday, April 26

A.M.

  • STEM in Basketball with former NBA Professional Theo Ratliff and friends
  • Nature + Engineering = Biomimetics with MIT
    Professor Sangbae Kim
  • Behind the Film “Sphereland” with Flatland Filmmakers and Actress-Mathematician Danica McKellar

P.M.

  • Breaking the “Math Nerd” Stereotype Among Girls with Danica McKellar
  • A Soldier’s Story with Travis Mills
  • Women in Tech with Tracy Chou (Pinterest),
    Kat Calvin (Michelle in Training) and Girls Who Code
  • Using Technology to Save Endangered Species with Smithsonian Research Scientist Peter Leimgruber
  • Laugh and Explore with Science Comedian Brian Malow

Sunday, April 27

A.M.

  • STEM in Basketball with former NBA Professional Theo Ratliff and Friends
  • A Soldier’s Story with Travis Mills
  • Nature + Engineering = Biomimetics with MIT
    Professor Sangbae Kim


P.M

  • NASCAR Next
  • Women in Tech with Tracy Chou (Pinterest),
    Kat Calvin (Michelle in Training) and Girls Who Code
  • Laugh and Explore with Science Comedian Brian Malow
  • Teen Inventors with Jack Andraka, Jonny Cohen, Ritankar Das, Adora Svitak and Param Jaggi
  • Cryogenics with Mr. Freeze