Join Us At Science EXPO Day!

June 8, 2013 - Seattle Center
10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Science EXPO Day is a festive, one-day event featuring over 150 booths, activities, demonstrations, and performances that celebrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and show how integral they are to the region’s culture and prosperity. In addition to Science EXPO Day, Seattle Center will host the Seattle Mini Maker Faire and the Pagdiriwang Philippine Cultural Festival.

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Program Highlights
Science EXPO Day is filled with fun and educational programs, including over 150 engaging exhibits, an introduction to Geocaching, the 2013 Laser Roadshow, "an Amazing Glimpse into Lasers, Optics, and Photonics!" and a full day of Stage Programming.

Check Our 2013 Science EXPO Day Stage Program Schedule

Exhibit Highlights
Organizations from across the region will be on-site to demonstrate how the STEM fields contribute to their work. Don't miss the amazing exhibits and activities, including a submarine, near space satellites, underwater robots, real-time 3D modeling with Microsoft Kinect and a bilingual inflatable colon.

Download our 2013 programpdf with Science EXPO Day map of Seattle Center. A complete list of exhibitors is below. For an updated listing of all Signature Programs, please check our online Events Calendar.

EXPO Day Exhibitors

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Zone 1

Seattle University - Explore science with students and faculty members from Seattle University. A variety of hands-on science activities target grade school, middle school and high school students.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Journey with NOAA scientists from the depths of the ocean to the heights of the atmosphere to learn how they study dynamic Earth.

University of Washington Center for Global Field Study - Learn about the exciting methods used to study animals in the wild and practice with equipment and techniques scientists use in the field such as radio telemetry, GPS, trap cameras.

University of Washington Center for Nanotechnology - NNIN - Research, Learning, Community and Resources for Education and Private Businesses. These people are working for the future to enrich life. Come learn more.

University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences - Have you ever wondered why no two individuals are exactly the same? Come and explore how genes and the environment contribute to the way an organism develops and behaves.

University of Washington School of Nursing - Find out about the latest technologies designed to keep older adults in their homes longer. See your brain waves on a computer monitor and find out how your sleep patterns affect your behavior.

University of Washington School of Pharmacy - The UW School of Pharmacy studies how medicines can be used safely and effectively. Come do a hands-on experiment and find out about the research we are doing.

University of Washington College of Engineering - Come and explore exhibits, hands-on displays and interactive technology designed by UW students and faculty.

University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean - Fostering research collaboration between UW and NOAA, JISAO's work is at the forefront of investigations on climate change, ocean acidification, fisheries and tsunami forecasting.

University of Washington Applied Physics Lab/Ocean Physics Department - Come enjoy demonstrations of ocean physics and technology. See an underwater glider that travels the world oceans collecting data and learn how it works.

University of Washington Applied Physics Lab/Polar Science Center - Your tongue is an excellent "salinometer." Come take the world famous Salinity Taste Test and learn how real field oceanographers measure changing conditions in the Arctic Ocean.

University of Washington Applied Physics Lab - Come hear the sounds of Puget Sound and learn how scientists use sound. You can learn how to study sound by viewing your voice in real-time.

University of Washington Department of Microbiology - UW MICROBIOLOGY presents BE A MICROBIOLOGIST! We've got: microscopes, petri dishes, fungus and bacteria (that glows). Be a microbiologist for a day.

University of Washington Department of Chemistry - Learn how solar cell technology works to harvest energy from light. Then design and build a small race car powered by light. Can you build the fastest?

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Zone 2

The Boeing Company - Boeing demonstrates its commitment to help shape the region's future workforce by supporting Science, Engineering, Technology and Math programs and events like Seattle Science Festival.

IEEE Seattle - Come see how electronics can be used to understand the world around us.

TAF (Technology Access Foundation) - TAF is the grassroots leader in STEM education in WA State. We teach kids, partner with public schools and STEM industry leaders to ignite potential and unlock futures.

Microsoft - Explore the future with researchers from the largest computer-science lab in the world: Microsoft Research.

DigiPen Institute of Technology - Ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the top colleges in the country for studying Game Design. Come play test student games to understand the math and science behind it all.

First Tech Tessellation Station - Art and math collide in this activity zone. What you will find as you color your puzzle piece will amaze you. Join the First Tech Federal Credit Union team for fun and discovery.

University of Washington FOLDIT and MORE - PROTEINS are the major building blocks of all life. These long skinny molecules must FOLD UP into very special structures. Learn how they do that, and help them FOLD UP yourself.

University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences - The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences is dedicated to discovering the core principles of human learning, with emphasis on children 0 to 5 years of age.

Zeno - Hey elementary school students, get math powered by learning and playing math card games. Take home a deck of cards with instructions for a bunch of new games to play.

Washington Industrial Technology Education Association (WITEA) - Discover how Washington State Middle and High Schools are using science and technology to build and test projects to solve problems. This is not your dad's old shop class.

Roxbury Spine & Wellness Clinic - Offering personalized spinal stress tests on a surface electromyography unit designed by scientists at NASA and free chair massages.

Puget Sound Energy - Safety and Emergency Preparedness, do you have a plan? The wind blows and your lights go out. What happens in between?

Bastyr Center for Natural Health - Are you a supertaster? Learn why certain foods taste bitter to some people and not to others from the naturopathic doctors at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center - How can science and innovation give billions of people the chance to live a healthy, productive life? Stop by to see examples of how science is working every day to save lives.

American Chemical Society Puget Sound Section - Enjoy fun, hands-on experiments & be a contestant on the Periodic Table of Trivia game. Discover the chemical secrets behind some "Magic of Matter" tricks throughout the day.

Northwest African American Museum/The American History Traveling Museum - Our mission is to spread knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the histories, arts and cultures of people of African descent.

Slater Museum of Natural History - Get flashed by a hummingbird or high-five a grizzly bear. Come get up-close and personal with curious characters of natural history with the Slater Museum.

Seattle Photonics Associates - Come play with light. See how light pipes, cameras and optics work.

SPIE - the International Society of Optics and Photonics - Find out how you put light to work every day. If it's tomorrow's technology chances are it involves light. Come play with light and see what it does.

University of Washington Department of Medicine - Can music help you learn science? Find out for yourself at this interactive exhibit. Watch a science music video, then see if you can improve your score on a short quiz.

Qatar Foundation International - "Climates Change, Can You?" Visit the QFI interactive booth and contribute your voice against climate change. Record videos, create stories and collaborate with others virtually.

Exo Labs - The new Focus Microscope Camera connects microscopes to iPads and opens up the unseen world like never before. Take pictures, measurements, share and Ignite Curiosity.

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Zone 3

American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics - Ever wonder how an airplane flies? Or why stars twinkle? Stop by the AIAA booth and get those questions as well as any other airplane and space questions answered by our members.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) - What is the strongest shape to use in building design? Come test your knowledge at the ASCE/SEAW booth.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Western Washington Section - Aluminum Foil Boat contest. See if you can make a boat from aluminum foil that will hold the most pennies.

Engineers Without Borders - Puget Sound Professional Chapter - Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit organization that focuses on implementing sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training responsible professional engineers and students.

Puget Sound Engineering Council - Engineers are innovative problem solvers making the world a better place. Come learn about this exciting field and how it influences all aspects of our daily lives.

Radio Disney AM 1250 - Join Radio Disney AM 1250 as we discover and participate in technology and safety themed activities powered by Underwriters Laboratories at the 2013 Science EXPO Day.

SAMPE - Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering - See, touch and explore the world of material and process engineering. It helps make everything from toys to spacecraft possible. Ask engineers, technicians and students questions.

Washington State University Extension 4-H College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences - 4-H is your first class at WSU. Build a tiny robot and explore an environmental challenge; perform water experiments and be a scientist. 4-H has it all.

Washington State University College of Education - Come make some music and visualize the science of sound.

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine - Stop by and isolate DNA. All ages can enjoy this activity. Join representatives to learn more about the programs for undergraduates at Washington State University (WSU).

Washington State University Imagine Tomorrow - A problem-solving competition for 9-12 graders. See fresh, new ideas for energy sustainability. 9-12 graders forge amazing solutions by working together.

Washington State University Puyallup - Plants get sick too. See how "plant doctors" determine what ails plants. Also, see for yourself how cool new permeable pavements are at our hands-on exhibit.

Washington State University Society of Women Engineers - Come visit Washington State University's very own Society of Women Engineers. Learn how to make sidewalk chalk (and take some home).

Pacific Science Center - Hands-on science with Pacific Science Center's award-winning camps, exhibit and outreach programs, including Science On Wheels and Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center.

Seattle Aquarium - Did you know harbor seals are the most abundant marine mammals in Puget Sound? Join Seattle Aquarium staff for fun, hands-on activities devoted to these charming, playful animals.

Informal Science Education Consortium - Learn about a new collaboration of cultural institutions working together to inspire, motivate and advance STEM learning and teaching.

IslandWood - Find your super senses at the IslandWood exhibit through investigative tools like binoculars and microscopes that make small things big, far things near and slow things fast.

Woodland Park Zoo - Need some inspiration to learn, care and act? Join us for our fun-filled climate change awareness activities and learn how our actions matter for saving animals and their habitats.

The Burke Museum - Examine some of the Burke Museum's 15 million objects outside the museum's walls, practice your naturalist skills using real scientific collections and tell us what you collect.

The Museum of Flight - Create your own Martian Rover. Kids can explore the wonders of science & technology while parents learn about all the wonderful opportunities for learning at the Museum of Flight.

PACCAR Inc. - PACCAR, a 107 year old Seattle-area company, is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplate.

NatureBridge - Get a bird's-eye view with photos from our giant helium balloon, learn how dam removal impacts salmon habitat on the Elwha River and get your hands dirty at our stream table.

KOMO 4 - Stop by the KOMO 4 booth from 10a-12p and say hi to Meteorologist Seth Wayne, member of the National Weather Service and an associate member of the American Meteorological Society.

Seattle Children's Hospital - Get ready to be a scientist. Join doctors and researchers from Seattle Children's as you learn about research, DNA and 3d images. You can even participate in their research study.

Seattle Children's Research Institute Science Adventure Lab - The Science Adventure Lab is a 45' mobile lab that delivers engaging experiences designed to inspire new passions for science, promote better health and enhance science education.

Seattle Children's Museum - Seattle Children's Museum loves bugs. We're learning all about the wonderful worlds of spiders and ants. Discover how a spider senses its prey and explore ant anatomy.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - Try your hand at spooling some real DNA. Join Fred Hutch scientists to learn how understanding DNA leads to breakthroughs in cancer research.

IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute) - Be a scientist for a day. Stop by IDRI's booth to learn how to pipette and how that helps battle diseases like TB.

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Zone 4

Aerojet - Aerojet is the world's leading provider of rockets and propulsion systems for spacecraft. We have models, posters, activities and rocket-scientists to answer your questions.

Tyee Middle School - Students built near-space satellites (including flight computer) that were launched up to 90,000 ft. Data collected included photos/video, temperature, humidity and light changes.

Washington State Department of Ecology - Discover how pollution can move through a watershed; see real-time water quality data from a stream near where you live; learn how Ecology is protecting Puget Sound.

Washington State Patrol Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau - Forensic Science/CSI brings leading science and technology to solving crime. Come see how WSP scientists use math and chemistry and biology to analyze and solve the worst crimes.

Seattle Public Utilities - Discover the latest science designed to protect our local waterways from polluted runoff. Play "Stormwater Jeopardy" and find out how you can help prevent pollution in Puget Sound.

Port Townsend Marine Science Center - Be a beach investigator! Come learn beach sampling methods, use scientific tools to identify the human made objects found on Salish Sea beaches.

Prosthetics Outreach Foundation - Learn how prosthetic limbs are made in developing countries. See how UW and WSU student engineers are designing improvements for amputees.

National Wildlife Federation - Discover how Eco-Schools USA can help you reach your green school goals with curriculum, tools and resources. Use a kill-a-watt meter to learn about energy vampires at school.

North Cascades Institute - Meet the cast of wildlife characters of the North Cascades. Learn to identify tracks using life-size animal tracks and get a close-up look at animal samples in the microscope.

Elliott Bay Seawall Project - The Elliott Bay Seawall Project will replace the failing downtown seawall. Learn about gribbles, salmon and other critters in Elliott Bay. Come design your own seawall habitat.

EMP Museum - Explore the science of sound with EMP Museum. Hands-on activities let you investigate how sound is produced, how it travels to your ears and even make your own musical instrument.

Geocaching - Explore Geocaching: the high-tech treasure hunting adventure that's happening right now, all around you. Learn how you can use your smartphone or GPS to discover hidden treasures.

Washington FIRST Robotics - Come play with robots!

Washington State Science & Engineering Fair - Science Rocks! Engineering Rolls! See the projects and interact with the top students from WA Regional and State Science & Engineering Fairs. Are YOU the next innovator to win?

Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project - Girls make a difference! Come drive an underwater LEGO robot and join in activities that help save the world. Learn how you can follow your dreams with science and technology.

Girl Scouts of Western Washington - Animal, vegetable or mineral? Get up close and personal with nature using microscopes to discover hidden details. Catch a bug, pick up a leaf, or get to know the back of your hand.

Explore Ocean (formerly OceanGate Foundation) - Explore Ocean will display a submarine they use for exploration and education on dives around the world. Drop by for some Inspiration Through Exploration.

Lockheed Martin - Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV). A future beneath the waves. Check out these student built ROV's. Realize your potential and pilot an ROV.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) - Pacific Northwest Section - Explore the field of engineering with women engineers. Hands-on activities and role models show girls that they have the capabilities (math and science) to become engineers.

Issaquah Robotics Society - The Issaquah Robotics Society is part of FIRST. Come learn how parents, mentors and students from elementary school to high school can get involved and come drive our robot.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment - Love video games and animated films? Check out student-made video games and artwork and learn more about what you can do today to start your journey in games and animation.

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It’s Not Too Late to Get Involved
The Seattle Science Festival offers an unparalleled opportunity to get our community directly interacting with and excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities and organizations in our region and in the world around us. Sign up for our newsletter updates, coordinate a group of students to bring to a Science Festival event, help spread the word, be a volunteer, sign your organization up to exhibit or offer a program or sponsor the Festival.

Applications to exhibit at Science EXPO Day and to host Signature Programs accepted through May 2. 

Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. We'll see you and your friends on June 8.