Held every other year, the USA Science and Engineering Festival is the one of the largest (if not THE largest) science outreach happening in the country. Over 300,000 attendees, from kids to parents to teachers, are expected to attend this year’s event, held April 16-17 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.
The three day festival features an overwhelming array of activities, including dynamic stage shows from NASA and the Mythbusters, meet and greets with science celebrities such as Bill Nye and Peter Agre, and, this year, a STEM-based musical performance from They Might Be Giants. But the festival’s centerpiece is the staggering array of hands-on exhibits, presented by over 1000 different groups and organizations. In the past, these have included robotics demonstrations, 3D printers, and even a full jet fighter!
The ASBMB will join in on the fun this year with “Bone: It’s Alive!”, our exhibit that explores the biochemistry of bone. Designed by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee, the exhibit is a hands-on demonstration of the roles biology and chemistry play in the development of our bones.
Never been to a science festival before? This is a great chance to experience what outreach is all about. Who knows, you might just get hooked! If you are really interested in getting involved, we are looking for volunteers to help staff our booth during the weekend. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help out. It doesn’t matter if you are a student or faculty, we want you to be involved!
See you in DC!