USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

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NCS will take part in the USA Science & Engineering Festival,

Oct. 23 and 24, in Washington, DC. Billed as the largest celebration of science in the US, this nearly month-long celebration of science and engineering will culminate in a two-day expo on the National Mall with hundreds of organizations involved in science and engineering. Where Did All the Water Go?, the NCS booth (#303), will be located on 4th Street near the intersection with Jefferson Drive; visitors to the booth will make instant snow, as NCS students and science teachers demonstrate this and other commercial uses of super-absorbent polymers. Please visit us at the expo between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm on October 23 and 24.

Visions of Exploration Joins USA Science and Engineering Festival

AFA and USA TODAY Program to Provide Hands-on Activity at Festival Expo

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Visions of Exploration, a program created by AFA and USA TODAY Education, will be joining the Inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall on October 23 and 24, 2010, to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines among today’s youth.

Visions of Exploration was created to inspire students to explore careers in the fields of STEM disciplines while also raising awareness of the importance of aerospace technology. Since its establishment, the Visions program has impacted nearly 13 million students guided by approximately 24,000 teachers who enhance students’ skills in STEM and aerospace education.

In addition, the Visions program looks to prepare students for the world beyond the classroom by developing critical-thinking and communications skills.

To further its mission, the Visions program will be participating in the exposition that is to culminate the first annual USA Science and Engineering Festival, hosted by Lockheed Martin. The festival, which begins October 10, 2010, promises to be the ultimate multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary celebration of science in the United States.

The agenda of the two-week festival will include daytime, evening and weekend events filled with workshops, lectures and performances throughout the Greater DC Area. The two-day expo will include more than 1500 hands-on activities and more than 75 stage shows, featuring science celebrities, magicians, jugglers, rappers and more. Exhibits for all ages and scientific knowledge will be available.

The expo is free to the public and will be open October 23 and 24, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No tickets or pre-registration required.

For additional information on Visions of Exploration, visit http://www.afa.org/aef/visions. For additional information on the Inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival, visit http://www.usasciencefestival.org.

The AFA is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has more than 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 125,000 members. Visit www.AFA.org.

Thanks DCist for helping us get the word out about the Festival

You’ve heard stats like this: barely half of all adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun. President Obama has been pushing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education after the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report with recommendations last month. All the arguments are there, that science knowledge helps our economy and creates a more innovative, knowledgeable society (so we can go to the Moon and invent iPhones and write correct textbooks and stuff). Plus it’s fun! We think science is just the best, from the vastness of space to all the crazy things swimming at the bottom of the sea, so we were excited to hear about a bunch of science events coming to D.C. this month.

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