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Awesome Con’s Science Fair Expands Presence on Convention Floor with Two New Programming Tracks, Science Fair TERRA and COSMOS

This year’s science-centric pavilion is the largest yet, celebrating sci-fi, technology, engineering, aerospace, astronomy, and much more

Washington, D.C. (May 19, 2022)–Awesome Con’s wildly popular science-centric pavilion, Science Fair, returns to the region’s premier comic and pop culture convention, Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5  at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Astronauts, scientists and entertainers will come together at the themed pavilion to connect science and technology with science-fiction and fantasy. Science Fair presents three days of special programming, where science meets science-fiction, celebrating technology, engineering, aerospace, astronomy and more. This year’s Science Fair is back with not one but two full programming tracks exploring the Earth and the heavens: TERRA for Earth-based panels and COSMOS for Space-based panels. Science Fair: TERRA will explore Earth-based adventures from the icy Antarctic, to the murky depths of the ocean and back to the prehistoric times of the dinosaurs. Science Fair: COSMOS will venture to outer space where experts in the field will chat about dark matter, alien invasions and their journeys to the moon.

Awesome Con, now in its ninth year, is thrilled to welcome a range of leaders and experts from organizations that represent scientific advancement and education across numerous industries. Representatives from the National Science Foundation, NASA Space and Flight Center and Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit will lead programs and discussions throughout the weekend. Attendees of all ages will be able to engage at Q&A panels as well as hands-on tech demos and workshops, all focused on fostering awareness and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Among highlights of this year’s Science Fair programming is The Science Behind the Mandalorian (June 3 – Room 207B – Science Fair: COSMOS). The National Science Foundation brings together a team of experts to separate fact from fiction, examine the culture and learn about the mysterious warriors inside the helmet. For fans of Marvel’s Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a special panel, The Science Behind the Ten Rings (June 4 – Room 207B – Science Fair: COSMOS), will dive deep into the science and significance behind the cultural phenomenon.

Dr. Mohamed Noor will give attendees a primer lesson on basic transmission and genetic ancestry testing, Genetics, Ancestry Testing, Race, and Star Trek (June 5 – Room 207B – Science Fair: TERRA). Fans can learn many of the fundamental underlying science concepts, and see how these concepts connect with each other and get applied in the Star Trek universe across the various series.

Four divisions of NASA will be represented at Science Fair and attendees can meet some of the talented women who work at NASA including Dawn Myers, Nayi Castro, Staci Tiedeken, Yasmina Martos and Sabrina Thompson. From mission operations to public engagement, these women will host a special panel Women at NASA (June 4 –  11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Room 207B – Science Fair COSMOS) and dive into what led them to the space agency, the sometimes crazy paths they took to get where they are today and the challenges they’ve faced.

Pop culture enthusiasts will enjoy a special panel on pop culture history in partnership with Smithsonian’s highly anticipated upcoming exhibit Entertainment Nation. This can’t-miss panel Pop Culture is History: Entertainment Nation at the Smithsonian (June 4 – 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM – Room 207A – Science Fair TERRA), will provide audiences with a sneak peek into the museum’s pop cultural extravaganza.

Science Fair will take place during Awesome Con 2022 with no separate ticket required to attend events. Admission to Awesome Con includes access to attend Science Fair’s panels, exhibits and events. For tickets to Awesome Con, visit For more information about Science Fair and full programming, please visit

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About Awesome Con

Awesome Con is Washington DC’s Comic Con! A star-studded celebration of geek culture, Awesome Con brings over 50,000 fans together with their favorite stars from across comics, movies, television, toys, games, and more! And just like DC,  Awesome Con is fun, family-friendly, and inclusive with special show features like Awesome Con Jr., Book Fair, Science Fair, Destination Cosplay, and Pride Alley. Awesome Con is a creation of LeftField Media.

About LeftField Media

LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the evolving needs of businesses and their consumers, as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to its work. LeftField’s portfolio includes Awesome Con (, Washington D.C.’s Comic Con; Rose City Comic Con (, in Portland, OR; Anime NYC (, New York City’s Japanese pop culture festival; and Anime Frontier ( in Dallas-Fort Worth. Additionally, LFM is Crunchyroll’s official partner in building Crunchyroll Expo ( LeftField Media is headquartered in Shelton, CT (

Daniel Pickett

AFi founder and Editor-In-Chief Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since.

In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features.

He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced.

In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website

Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s
“Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on Bloomberg News,,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official
Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many
others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows.

But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.