WASHINGTON – From Albert Einstein in tennis shoes to smoke cannons, future spacecraft to human Rubix Cubes, the USA Science & Engineering Festival celebrated innovation and included something for every future engineer or scientist.
The two-day festival on the National Mall over the Oct. 22 weekend drew tens of thousands of participants, many of them students who were able to get hands-on experience with technologies ranging from alternative energy to aerospace. Elementary, middle and high school students asked and answered questions, participated in applied physics lessons, tore apart gadgets, raced to solve the Rubix Cube in record time and listened to interactive lectures by legendary scientists like Albert Einstein (portrayed by some very convincing impersonators).
The tech festival was organized by national science and engineering groups, U.S. technology and aerospace companies like festival host Lockheed Martin Corp. and media organizations, including EE Times. This publication sponsored a training effort called “Innovation Generation,” in which groups of student reporters fanned out during the festival to cover a broad range of technology subjects.
What follows is a sampling of the many educational demonstrations and exhibits during this year’s USA Science and Engineering Festival.
Human Rubix Cubes were among the attractions at the USA Science & Engineering Festival. One event featured contestants racing to solve the cube.
Hundreds of booths lined the National Mall during the first day of the festival. NASA’s booth is in the foreground.
Kids of all ages crowd around the NASA booth. Students were asked how astronauts carried water to the International Space Station. Answer: Sweat generated during exercise sessions in space is recycled and used as drinking water. Also pictured at the booth (in “PRESS” t-shirts) are members of our “Innovation Generation” reporting team.