Events and Programs

Innovation and Science Unscripted

Building an inclusive coalition of inspired STEM students.

COVID-19 Update:

At the NSTMF, we care about building strong communities, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, that means putting health and safety first. We have canceled our spring events at the University of Texas Arlington and San Jose State University. We look forward to bringing you more Unscripted content this fall! In the meantime, we remain committed to bringing people together virtually to learn and be inspired. We hope you will browse our events archive, which is available on our Youtube channel. The NSTMF Lab is a great way to pass the time for you and your young learners. And last but not least, visit our e-museum where you can listen to interviews, watch videos, and read about the incredible individuals who have received the National Medals, many of whom are now using their talents to join in the fight against COVID-19.

What is the Unscripted Series?

The Unscripted Series, formerly “An Evening With,” was created by the NSTMF to serve the Foundation’s mission of championing the work and lives of America’s greatest scientists and technologists and connecting these extraordinary individuals to the next generation. 

The program marks our first step toward building an inclusive coalition of inspired STEM students. The program features National Medal Laureates and other prominent STEM experts in intimate, discussion-centric events. Now in its third year, the program has featured nearly 25 experts, reached an audience of more than 6,000 students, professors, and members of the public, and created relationships with 14 universities and institutions. 

The hallmark of these events is the intimate atmosphere in which STEM experts share stories about notable accomplishments as well as the failure and false starts that defined their journey to success. Geared towards students and young STEM professionals, these events pull back the curtain on world-changing scientific accomplishments. The audience is encouraged to ask questions and engage with the speakers outside the structure of a typical student-teacher interaction. By attending one of these programs or watching online, students gain access to a set of individuals they wouldn’t otherwise be able to engage in a substantive discussion.

Attend an Event

Canceled: Innovation Unscripted with Industrial Light & Magic
March 25, 2020, at the University of Texas at Arlington

Canceled: ​Science Unscripted: Biotech x Genetic Disease
April 28, 2020, at San Jose State University

Past Events

The art of overcoming is no oddity to National Medal Laureates. Read about their challenges and triumphs below. 

​Visit the NSTMF Youtube Channel

Bringing “Science and Innovation Unscripted” to the Masses: Watch National Medal Laureates talk about their lives and work from videos of past events, highlights, and more.