Augmented reality sandboxes, mammoth robotic sculptures, the science of guitars, and actor Wil Wheaton's crowning of winners from the National Science Foundation (NSF) competition, Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes, are just a few NSF activities that visitors can experience at the fourth USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., April 15-17, 2016 the nation's largest science and engineering festival.
The free event aims to inspire next-generation inventors and innovators through more than 3,000 hands-on exhibits, experiments and live performances by science celebrities, inventors and subject-matter experts. The festival is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees.
In NSF's section, science and engineering researchers and educators will present projects that reflect NSF-supported diverse explorations, providing a glimpse into knowledge, innovation and educational resources that result from investment in fundamental research.
Adults and children alike will enjoy opportunities to experience science and engineering up close and hands-on.
USA Science and Engineering Festival
Sneak peek, Friday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Media are welcome throughout; credentials are required Friday. Press check-in will be outside room 101, near the L Street entrance in the main building.
Booth 423, Hall A
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Place, N.W., Washington, D.C., near Mt. Vernon Square/7th St. Convention Center Metro stop on green and yellow lines.
To engage with fascinating, interactive (often NSF-funded) exhibits and shows (detailed below)
To learn more, visit USA Science & Engineering Festival website and check out this video.
To speak with exhibitors about their work, journalists should contact NSF's Bobbie Mixon to help arrange onsite interviews: firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-292-8070.
During Sneak Peek Friday and throughout weekend festivities, @NSF will tweet stories and pictures in real time of children and adults interacting and learning. For additional up-to-the-minute information, follow NSF's official event hashtag #NSFSuperScience.