Science Festival

First, choose your class period

Then take a look at our presentations below

Note, however, that enrollment ended on Oct 28, 2016.

Digital Fabrication at the atomic scale

Digital information technology changed your world; digital fabrication at the atomic scale will change it again. I will explain how and why you should consider being an engineer.


SpeakerJohn Randall, Ph. D.

  • I am a card carrying Nano-Nerd with a PhD from the University of Houston, 33 years of Industrial experience making really small things, and 29 US patents
  • I have worked for MIT's Lincoln Laboratory (4 years), Texas Instruments (15 years with 2 years in Belgium), and Zyvex as CTO, VP, and Pres (15 years)
  • Zyvex Labs has a plot to rule the world with Atom by Atom Manufacturing and is working to heal the blind (Human Trials in 2017)
  • I am addicted to computer programming, robotics, and playing Alto Sax
  • I love my wife and kids

President Zyvex Labs

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Emergency Room Medicine

Learn about the fast-paced field of Emergency Medicine from an ER doctor in your own neighborhood!


SpeakerMatt Bush, MD

Engineering Overview

General Discussion and Facts on Engineering; A Few Tips on Choosing a College; and What is Engineering School Like?


SpeakerLloyd Denman, P.E.

  • Highland Park High School, Class of 1983; National Merit Commendee, Varsity Football
  • Vanderbilt University, Class of 1987; Civil Engineering Degree, 2-year full academic scholarship; Fraternity member
  • Southern Methodist University, Class of 1991; Master of Business Administration
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and California

Assistant Director of Engineering City of Dallas

From Deep-Sea Sharks to Open-Water Swimmers

The study of our oceans is a broad field with almost limitless possibilities! A scientist needs to stay curious and adaptable in order to take advantage of the opportunities that will come his or her way.


SpeakerJacquelin Hipes, M.S.

  • B.S. in Biological Sciences, with an emphasis in marine biology, from LSU (Magna Cum Laude)
    • Four years of undergraduate experience working in an oceanography research lab
    • Participated in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates summer program at Texas A&M Galveston
  • M.S. in Biological Oceanography from USF
    • Thesis work on the population dynamics of a deep-sea shark and the species associations of sharks in the Gulf of Mexico
  • As the Science Program Coordinator for The Longest Swim, I work with researchers from over a dozen universities and institutions to organize research at sea and to share key scientific ideas and results with the public

Science Program Coordinator for The Longest Swim ProGEA

Introduction to Neurosurgery

Overview of what the field of neurosurgery encompasses along with the required necessary steps to become a neurosurgeon. I will show surgical videos and slides, and perform a live demonstration of endovascular coil embolization of a cerebral aneurysm on a flow model.


SpeakerAnthony Maioriello, M.D., M.S., FAANS, FACS

Board Certified Neurosurgeon specializing in Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Surgery Fellowship Trained Endovascular Neurosurgeon, UT Houston Neurosurgery Residency UTMB Galveston M.D. from Rush Medical College in Chicago IL M.S. from Northwestern University in Neurobiology and Physiology B.S. Biochemistry at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL

Neurosurgeon / Endovascular Neurosurgeon Texas health Physician Group

New Advances in Surgery using the da Vinci Robotic System

New advances in robotic technology have allowed surgeons to perform, and patients to undergo difficult procedures in a minimally invasive way. Students will have an opportunity for a hands on experience with the da Vinci Surgical Robot.


SpeakerRichard Salter, MD

  • Attended Abilene Christian University, graduated 1983
  • Attended Texas Tech University Medical School, graduated 1988
  • Internship and Residency at University of Kentucky, completed 1992
  • Specialized practice in Ob-Gyn in Dallas for 18 years, started Advanced Ob-Gyn Associaites in 2008
  • Main interest is in minimally invasive and advanced gynecologic surgery, utilizing the da Vinci surgical robotic system.

MD, Ob-Gyn Advanced Ob-Gyn Associates

Nurses Who Care for New Babies and Moms

Learn about the career of a post-partem/baby nurse.


SpeakerKris Roberson, R.N.

Perot Museum TECH Truck Powered by Dell

The TECH Truck is an exciting new outreach initiative dedicated to bringing free, STEAM-based programming to audiences across the DFW area. In particular, the TECH Truck will target under-served populations who may not otherwise have access to the Museum and provide a range of high and low-tech experiences for them to explore.


SpeakerTECH Truck

  • The TECH Truck is a mobile innovation lab dedicated to bringing free STEAM-based projects and experiences to audiences in the DFW area.
  • In particular, we will target under-served communities who may not otherwise have access to the Perot Museum.
  • The TECH Truck will provide a range of hands-on activities that incorporate both high and low technologies ranging from 3D printers, laser cutters, craft materials, and more.
  • Launched on October 1st, 2015, the TECH Truck is a new outreach initiative powered by Dell.

TECH Truck Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Story of a Tech Startup: Bootstrapping from Idea to Reality

Hear how a simple idea — along with some high school programming work — became a rapidly growing e-commerce startup.


SpeakerJames Skidmore

  • Graduated HPHS in 2008, and Texas A&M in 2012
  • Currently COO & Co-Founder of
  • Background in:
    • Technology startups
    • Management consulting
    • Web & mobile development

COO, Co-Founder OrderMyGear

The Career of a Physician-Scientist

Medicine is undergoing a sea change at many levels: changes in healthcare delivery, economics, biology and technology. Whereas these myriad changes we face can be daunting at first, there has never been a more exciting time to make the world a better place through science and medicine!


SpeakerJoseph Hill, MD, PhD

  • Cardiologist-scientist whose research focuses on molecular mechanisms of remodeling in the stressed myocardium.
  • Graduated with an MD, PhD from Duke University
  • Pursued postdoctoral scientific training at the Institut Pasteur in Paris
  • Clinical training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
  • Faculty of the University of Iowa for 5 years
  • Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Harry S. Moss Heart Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2002
  • Research focuses on deciphering mechanisms of structural, functional, and electrical remodeling in heart disease with an eye toward therapeutic intervention.
  • Active clinical practice focusing on general cardiology, hypertension, and heart failure.

Professor of Medicine and Molecular Biology, Chief of Cardiology UT Southwestern Medical Center

Think Like an Architect

Review of outstanding architectural projects in the Dallas Arts District and how they have influenced the City. Review career options for aspiring young architects and answer their questions about the profession.


SpeakerVelpeau Hawes, FAIA

  1. Graduated from Texas A&M College, B of Architecture, 1959
  2. Served 4 years as an Infantry Officer
  3. Began Architecture career in Dallas in 1963.
  4. Retired from private practice in 2000 to start new career as representing Owners on high profile projects including: Nasher Sculpture Center Booker T. Washington H.S. Children's Garden Arboretum Perot Museum of Nature and Science Lamplighter School New Holocaust Museum
  5. Outstanding Alumni Award Texas A&M University 2006
  6. Lifetime Achievement Award Texas Society of Architects 2008

Architect Self