Here is a roundup of some the latest stories in science that are making headlines:

Science At The Oscars

This coming weekend is the 87th Academy Awards and this year, science fans have something to be excited about. In this article from Space.com, read about the two space-themed movies up for 10 Oscars.

In this Google+ Hangout, science bloggers from Festival Sponsor the Kavli Foundation, discuss the three Oscar-nominated films—The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Interstellar.

What do frog legs and science have to do with the Golden Oscar Statues? Find out more from Materials Scientist and Festival Nifty Fifty Speaker, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez as she explains the correlation between science and the coveted Oscar trophy by clicking here

Encouraging More Girls To Pursue Computer Science & Engineering

Together with the Festival Youth Advisory Board, we are excited to bring you the ENIAC Classroom Design Prize, a prize competition challenging students to design creative alterations to classroom environments in order to engage more women in computer science. This contest is open to high school students and is aimed at fostering innovations that excite girls and women about computer science, was announced by the White House in December. Named after the six women inventors of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), thefirst general purpose computer, the ENIAC Classroom Design Prize will seek to redress the shortage of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Although not prominent in the history books, the ENIAC women played a crucial role during World War II, by enacting a secret project to speed up the tedious mathematical calculations needed to produce artillery firing tables for the US Army. Read more about the ENIAC contest click here. 

How To Interest Girls In Computer Science And Engineering? Shift The Stereotypes

The Youth Advisors partnered with Dr. Sapna Cheryan of the University of Washington, to create the ENIAC Classroom Design Prize and in this article, Dr. Cheryan and fellow researchers identify why women are not pursuing careers in computer science and engineering. They determine “a main culprit for that disparity: inaccurate stereotypes depicting computer scientists and engineers as geeky, brilliant and socially awkward males. And they say broadening those stereotypes is key to attracting more girls to the two fields.”

Registration For The X-Stem Symposium Is Now Open To Middle & High School Students

Registration is now open for the Festival’s fascinating all-day X-STEM Extreme Symposium, presented by MedImmune and we are quickly reaching capacity. Be sure to bring your students to the ultimate STEM Experience on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center.

Get ready for hands-on interaction excitement when this unforgettable event, which wowed audiences at the 2014 Festival Expo, returns again to feature interactive presentations and workshops by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower and inspire middle school and high school students and others about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

These high-profile role models and industry leaders — representing top universities, corporations, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies — are sure to ignite your students’ curiosity through storytelling and live demonstrations in a wide range of STEM areas, including space exploration, paleontology, bio-inspired robotics, nanotechnology, marine biology, mathematics of orgami, eco-friendly vehicle innovation and much, much more! Click here to register TODAY!