Science Spark Joins Forces with Michigan Tech for Mobile Science Festival to Support the USA Science & Engineering Festival

  Science Spark Joins Forces with Michigan Tech for Mobile Science Festival to
  Support the USA Science & Engineering Festival

       Mind Trekkers Partnership to Kick-off at National Scout Jamboree

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- July 15, 2013

Science Spark has teamed with Michigan Technological University (Michigan
Tech) to support the University’s Mind Trekkers traveling science festival as
it heads out across America. The Mind Trekkers tour will culminate at the USA
Science & Engineering Festival, supported by presenting host sponsor Lockheed
Martin. The traveling festival offers children of all ages the opportunity to
engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
activities. The first stop will be the National Scout Jamboree, July 15-24,
2013 at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia.

Mind Trekkers is a traveling scientific roadshow that uncovers the mysteries
of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students of all ages.
Launched four years ago, Mind Trekkers activities and events help children and
young people discover the excitement of interactive learning through dozens of
games, activities, and experiments, including 3d cameras, tesla coils,
hydrogen cars, and even the Diet Coke and Mentos trick.

Support for Mind Trekkers comes from Science Spark, a 501(c)3 non-profit
science and technology outreach organization based in San Diego, California.
Founded by serial entrepreneur Larry Bock, Science Spark creates the most
compelling and well attended science festivals around the country. The
five-stop Mind Trekkers tour will wrap up at the Science Spark created USA
Science & Engineering Festival. The Festival takes place April 25 - 27, 2014
at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. This free,
nonprofit, event is the largest STEM outreach event in the world, and is
filled with hands-on exhibits, experiments, concerts, and talks from leading
technology entrepreneurs, Nobel Prize winning scientists, Hollywood
celebrities, Fortune 500 CEOs, and many others.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to sponsor and partner with Michigan Tech’s
groundbreaking Mind Trekker’s initiative,” said Larry Bock. “Supporting Mind
Trekkers is a unique and positive way of taking the drive and energy of the
USA Science & Engineering Festival directly to young people everywhere,
promoting the importance of STEM for their future and the future of our
nation.”

The Mind Trekkers first stop this summer will be in West Virginia where they
will engage 50,000 Scouts, venturers, volunteers, and staff from all over the
country in the wonders of science, technology and ideas. Held once every four
years, the National Scout Jamboree is a chance for tens of thousands of
scouts, parents and scouting supporters to camp out, try high-adventure
activities, learn new skills, and enjoy the outdoors.

After the Jamboree, Mind Trekkers will travel to the Bay Area Science
Festival, the Philadelphia Science Festival, and make a number of visits to
schools and other key locations in the Washington, D.C. area in advance of the
USA Science & Engineering Festival.

"One of the most important challenges of our time is interesting young people
in pursuing science, technology, engineering and math education and careers,"
said Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz. "Mind Trekkers and the USA Science &
Engineering Festival have developed a winning formula for doing just that and
we're delighted they have decided to partner with our team to extend their
reach nationwide."

ABOUT SCIENCE SPARK

Science Spark, is a 501(c)3 non-profit science and technology outreach
organization based in San Diego, California. Originally founded in 2008 by
serial entrepreneur Larry Bock, Science Spark creates the most compelling and
well attended science festivals around the country, including the USA Science
& Engineering Festival, which will next be held in Washington, DC, April
25-27, 2014.

ABOUT THE USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL:

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is the country’s only national science
festival. It was developed to increase public awareness about the importance
of science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and engineering
by celebrating science in much the same way as we celebrate Hollywood
celebrities, professional athletes and pop stars. Lockheed Martin is the
presenting host sponsor of the Festival, a grassroots collaboration of over
500 of the leading science and engineering corporations in the United States.
For more information, visit www.USAScienceFestival.org, connect with the
Festival on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @USAScienceFest.

ABOUT MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY:

Michigan Technological University (www.mtu.edu) is a leading public research
university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the
future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than
130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest
resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and
environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.

Contact:

USA Science & Engineering Festival
Mark Modzelewski,  617-803-1534
mark@usasciencefestival.org