Previous Featured Performers

Our Previous Performers

Stage show performances at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo are sure to dazzle and inspire attendees! Listed below are some of our past performer highlights over the years at the Expo!

NOTE: These are past performances. The 2018 Stage Performances have not been announced.

Bill Nye the Science Guy Takes You Deep Inside the Fascinating and Entertaining World of Science!

Bill Nye – scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor – is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. But making science both understandable and entertaining is something Bill has been doing much of his life, starting with his studying under the great Carl Sagan in college and later working as a stand-up comedian.

 

Curious About Space? With Emily Lakdawalla and Bill Nye the Science Guy!

Is there life out there? Are we alone? How did we get here? Why are Venus and Mars so different from Earth? Could we suffer the fate of the dinosaurs? What are the questions that motivate space exploration, and what are we doing to answer them? Emily Lakdawalla will take you on a tour of Earth’s active missions to the planets, and show you stunning photos that they have sent back in order to answer our questions about our place in the universe.

 

Sleight- of-Hand: Explore the Science of Illusion by Apollo Robbins

His act is so smooth and benign that Forbes magazine calls him the “artful manipulator of awareness.” Adding to the reputation of this maestro of the sleight-of-hand is the fact he once picked the pockets of the Secret Service while he entertained a former President! Known as “The Gentleman Thief” he handles his participants in a non-intrusive way, without embarrassing them, often giving his audience a behind-the-scenes view.

 

The Science of Football: Fascinating Insights From a Scientist Who Studies the Game, and a Mathematics Genius Who Plays It! by Dr. Ainissa Ramirez and John Urschel

In this unforgettable stage show, titled “The Physics of Football,” you’ll discover from Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D., a leading scientist who studies the game, why football is more than just a battle of will. It all boils down to which team uses the science of force, motion, energy and other elements the best, she says!  You’ll also meet and hear Penn State football standout, John Urschel, a first-team All Big Ten lineman –and an NFL draft prospect for 2014 — who is known not only for his prowess on the field, but also for his achievements in the classroom as a phenomenal math scholar. John graduated from Penn State with a degree in mathematics in just 3 years with a perfect 4.0 GPA – and that’s only just one of his rare accomplishments in math!

 

Live from the International Space Station: A Conversation with Astronaut Jeff Williams

NASA Astronaut Jeff Wiliams, who was on the space station in April of 2016, was  joined here on Earth by former astronaut Greg Johnson and special guests Cree Cicchino and Madisyn Shipman from the hit Nickelodeon show Game Shakers. Learn about science and technology research happening right now on the ISS National Laboratory and resources that you can explore at home to connect with space. Watch video here.

 

Mars or Bust – With Former NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan

Will YOU be among the first humans to set foot on Mars? NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan has an overview of NASA’s journey to Mars, with the goal of putting humans on the Red Planet in the 2030s. How will we get there and what are the unique challenges of living on Mars? Will we grow potatoes as Mark Watney did in ‘The Martian?’ Dr. Stofan breaks it down, takes your questions, and explains how YOU can get involved in the mission of a lifetime.

 

Grammy Award-Winners ‘They Might Be Giants’

Not too many bands today can boast a 30-year career, let alone a career that includes 16 studio albums (including four beloved albums for children), two Grammy Awards, and a history of embracing science and other emerging technologies. But that’s the genius and success of the amazing alternative music band, They Might Be Giants, aka TMBG.

 

 

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