Dr. Njema Frazier, a physicist in NNSA’s Defense Programs, has been selected as a Nifty Fifty speaker as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Dr. Frazier will be speaking on “The Physics of Roller Coasters” to students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Washington, D.C., on April 12.
NNSA is among more than 100 science and engineering institutions and organizations across the nation who has teamed up with the program to send top researchers as speakers to middle and high schools throughout the Washington, D.C, region, helping to inspire students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The Nifty Fifty are an integral part of the festival’s mission to actively involve leading researchers from science and engineering institutions and organizations. Speakers were carefully chosen by festival organizers from hundreds of applicants for their differing fields, talents, divergent backgrounds and ages. Their names were submitted by more than 500 of the festival’s leading partner organizations and then were culled down to the top 100.
Nifty Fifty speakers were also selected for their ability to convey the importance of science to young audiences and to the non-science public. Speakers will fan out in March and April to schools across the greater Washington, D.C., region.
The Nifty Fifty scientists and engineers include high technology entrepreneurs and financiers, policy makers, actors, journalists, educators, researchers, explorers, storm chasers, video game developers, alien hunters, astronauts and brain surgeons.
For more information on the USA Science & Engineering Festival see the Festival website.