USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Thanks to partner organization Koshland Science Museum for helping us get the word out about the festival.

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2010 through Sunday, October 24, 2010
Location: National Mall, Tent #102 (in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool)
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: Free and open to all
Age Range: Open to all

During the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, Oct. 23 & 24, on the National Mall, Tent #102 serves as the basis for putting dreams into action. The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council provide resources and inspiration for all who dream of becoming scientists and engineers.

Schedule of Events on the “Because Dreams Need Doing” Stage
(a detailed schedule of performances is available at the festival website)
Tent #102, located in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool

Saturday, October 23

10:00 The Mouse that Roared (Roain Egnor)
10:30 Reverse Engineer Your Brain (Louis Scheffner)
11:00 Nobel Purpose: NPR’s Joe Palca Interviews John Mather (Nobel Prize Physics)
11:30 The Scoop on CSI: Separating Fact From Fiction (Marvin Schecter and CSI Miami)
12:15 Be a Bone Detective (Diane France)
1:00 Nobel Purpose: NPR’s Joe Palca Interviews John Mather (Nobel Prize Physics)
2:00 The Engineering Behind Disney’s Magic (Lanny Smoot)
2:30 Bon Appétit: Better Eating through Chemistry
3:00 Be a Bone Detective (Diane France)
3:30 The Scoop on CSI: Separating Fact From Fiction (Marvin Schecter and CSI Miami)
4:00 A: It’s a Jeopardy-Playing Supercomputer. Q: What is IBM’s “Watson?”

Sunday, October 24

10:00 Disney’s TRON: Legacy Captured Live on Stage
11:00 Nobel Purpose: Joe Palca interviews Vincent Cerf (Draper Prize)
11:30 The Scoop on CSI: Separating Fact From Fiction (Marvin Schecter and CSI Miami)
12:15 Be a Bone Detective (Diane France)
1:00 Nobel Purpose: Joe Palca interviews Peter Agre (Nobel Prize Chemistry)
2:00 What’s the Buzz?: The Status of Pollinators in North America (May Berenbaum)
2:30 A: It’s a Jeopardy-Playing Supercomputer. Q: What is IBM’s “Watson?”
3:00 Be a Bone Detective (Diane France)
3:30 The Scoop on CSI: Separating Fact From Fiction (Marvin Schecter and CSI Miami)
4:00 The Engineering Behind Disney’s Magic (Lanny Smoot)

In addition to stage performances, Tent #102 serves as the headquarters for challenging and exciting hands-on activities. Visit these “Because Dreams Need Doing” booths on Oct. 23 & 24, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for prizes, give-aways and more!

“Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?” Game-lovers won’t want to miss this fun and informative twist on “20 Questions,” with a close encounter with pollinators, plants and minerals.

“Take the Energy Challenge.” Achieve expert status as you spin the wheel to draw three questions about America’s energy use.

“Stayin’ Alive: Simulate the Dangers of Distracted Driving.” Take this distracted-driving simulator test to see the dangers of texting or using your cell phone while driving. October 17-24, 2010, is Teen Driver Safety Week.

“Youreka! See Intuit.” What is intuition? How does it work? Join media artist, Lee Boot, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, to explore your own intuition at work.

“The Science of Evolution.” Journey along the “Evolution Thought Trail,” record your discovery, and learn how evolution affects the natural world.

“Disney’s TRON: Legacy and the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.” Explore the visually-stunning cyber universe of Disney’s upcoming movie theater release, TRON: Legacy.

“How Will You Decide?” Participate in a unique game designed to engage your critical-thinking skills. Harness your problem-solving abilities to discover whether claims of “based on science” are valid.

Join in the conversation on Twitter, using #nax and #scifest.

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