Where to Find DoD at the USA Science & Engineering Festival!

The Inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival  is the country’s first national science festival and descends on the Washington, D.C. area in October 2010.

The Inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo takes place October 23 & 24, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., in Washington, D.C.

The USA Science and Engineering Festival kicked-off on October 10th in Washington, D.C. It enables greater awareness and recognition of the role of science and technology in our lives and society in so many ways.

The Department of Defense (DoD) is heavily involved in the Festival, as science and technology are of utmost importance to our mission. DoD is one of the top employers of scientists and engineers (100,000) of any federal agency, and relies on their expertise for National security. Additionally, DoD research sometimes results in products used in business, education, and by consumers, enabling our Nation’s economic potential.

DoD’s own involvement in the Festival started on October 5th. Nominated as one of the Nation’s top 50 scientific minds (“Nifty Fifty”), Mr. Zachary Lemnios, the Director, Defense Research and Engineering, visited Wheaton High School in Silver Spring, Md. He spoke with students about the necessity of science in our society, and the benefits of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The Department will also be among more than 1,500 exhibits at the Festival Expo on the National Mall near the Smithsonian on October 23 and 24. The Festival will give kids and adults the opportunity to try hands-on experiments and technology. Be sure to join us this weekend to learn more about STEM careers, whiz-bang technologies, and how DoD is using science to make life better for all of us.

Best of all, the festival is free, open to all ages, and requires no pre-registration.

Below, you’ll find in no particular order (except from top to bottom) the various DoD groups that you can visit at the festival. Don’t miss out on this chance to get SCIENCED!

Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder
by Air Force Research Laboratory
Section NM-3, Booth Number(s) 314, 316

Come learn how we lead, discover, develop and deliver the science that profoundly impacts the future Air Force and expands the horizon of scientific knowledge. We will be demonstrating the ways we explore and research Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs), particularly, the biologically-inspired mechanics of flight. As a participant, you will be able to assemble ornithopters while our scientists and engineers explain the mechanics and real-life applications of this exciting research.

Rock the World and Save the Bay
by National Defense Education Program
Section NM-3, Booth Number(s) 324

Explore the Chesapeake Bay’s fragile watershed and team-up with experts who play an active role in conservation, experimental research and design to develop scientific solutions that will rock our world as they save the Chesapeake Bay.

Simulate NASA Missions with Calculator Robot
by National Defense Education Program
Section NM-3, Booth Number(s) 324

Learn how to use a TI-Graphing calculator to control a small robot by engaging in hands-on activities simulating NASA missions and underwater explorations.

Dive Into SeaPerch!
by National Defense Education Program
Section NM-3, Booth Number(s) 326

SeaPerch provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and math while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering (STEM) curriculum. Following an already-designed curriculum, students learn how to how to build a propulsion system, develop a controller, investigate weight and buoyancy, learn to use various tools, and work together as a team while building the SeaPerch. This project is designed to generate awareness, interest, and eventual pursuit of careers in naval architecture and marine naval and ocean engineering.

Do You Have What It Takes to Do Air Defense?
by U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center
Section FP, Booth Number(s) 1518

Train like a soldier! The Avenger Table Top Trainer is a gunnery training device that uses a tactical look and feel handstation, touchscreen monitor with on-screen gunner’s station controls, realistic audio, footswitch, and 3D visualization of the terrain and enemy aircraft to simulate a battlefield from the seat of the Avenger’s turret/gunner station. As a trainee, you will learn to use the Avenger air defense system to acquire, engage, and shoot down hostile enemy aircraft.

New Horizons in Army Research
by Army Research Laboratory
Section NM-3, Booth Number(s) 313

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are solving some of our nation’s biggest challenges. They are considered vital in the worldwide technology battle to develop basic and applied research to enhance our Soldiers’ abilities and help protect the nation. ARL focuses its efforts in the areas of computational information sciences; human research and engineering; sensors and electronic devices; survivability and lethality analysis; vehicle technology; and weapons and materials research. Come see what we are about!

Command a Battlefield
by U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center
Section FP, Booth Number(s) 1516

We will be demonstrating two of the Army’s most advanced technologies. With the Command and Control Multitouch Enabled Technology (COMET), you can control the battlespace with just the touch of a finger. You will be able to try out this multitouch, multiuser computing technology that allows you to directly manipulate digital objects with your hands in an extensible, intuitive, gesture-based framework. Then check out the next generation of body-wearable antennas, developed to provide the soldier with optimum communication capabilities in the battlefield without obstructing their movement or vision.

GEMS Program Make Science Fun!
by Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Section NM-3, Booth Number(s) 315, 317

Junior High and High School students will be guided by near peer mentors (college students attending schools locally) through hands-on activities, where scientific concepts in Physics (Gauss Projectile, Catapults, Van der Graaf generator), Chemistry (double displacement reactions, making molecular models with play dough), as well as Technology and Computer Sciences (software Sequel, Lego Robotics) are discussed.

by Office of Naval Research
Section NM-3, Booth Number(s) 300, 302

Visit the SeaPerch exhibit, and take the controls of a SeaPerch underwater robot! Drive it around the pool, dive, turn, and try to pick up a ring from the pool floor with your SeaPerch! Do you like boats? Do you like the water? Do you like science and math? If you do, did you ever think about a career in Naval Architecture, or Marine, Naval, or Ocean Engineering? The SeaPerch program is designed for middle and high school students, and helps open your eyes to the fun of designing and building underwater ROVs, and learning about engineering, science, and ship/submarine design. The Sea Perch program introduces pre-college students to the wonders of underwater robotics. Part of the Office of Naval Research’s initiative, “Recruiting the Next Generation of Naval Architects,” this program teaches students how to build an underwater robot (called a Sea Perch), how to build a propulsion system, how to develop a controller, and how to investigate weight and buoyancy. This endeavor is one of many exciting new projects funded by the Office of Naval Research as part of its National Naval Responsibility in Naval Engineering Initiative. The initiative focuses on bringing academia, government and industry to work together to ensure that the talent needed to design the Navy’s next generation of ships and submarines will be there when needed. The remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), which are made with PVC pipe and other small parts, are housed in a plastic Rubbermaid bin. With a marine engineering theme, this project teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering concepts independently. In addition, the curriculum includes discussion of potential careers in technical and engineering fields, as well as related fields of study.

Virtual Robo Glove
by Office of Naval Research
Section NM-3, Booth Number(s) 304, 306, 308

Control a robot with just a wave of your hand! The AcceleGlove uses accelerometer sensors to know how your hand and fingers are positioned. The sensor readings can then be used to control a robot, communicate via sign language, or play a video game. Come get a “hands-on” demonstration and learn all about how motion sensors work.

Science and Engineering Ahoy!
by United States Naval Academy
Section NM-3, Booth Number(s) 328, 330

Experience science and engineering with us. Create a 3D animation simulating a crime scene, investigate the amazing principles of fluids and air, explore buoyancy and Archimedes Principle by designing your own boat. Explore ways to communicate a secret message, drive an underwater robot, collect and analyze crime scene evidence. Learn what caused the demise of the Challenger, the Titanic, and much more.

Visibly Human – About the Human Body
by National Museum of Health and Medicine Section
NM-6, Booth Number(s) 660

Explore the inner workings of the human body while interacting with unique plastinated human organs and real human bones. Specimens and artifacts from the Museum’s Historical and Anatomical Collections will demonstrate how the body works while visitors learn more about human anatomy and pathology. Images from the Museum’s vast photographic archive will also illuminate the advances in modern medicine. `

Binding Up the Nation’s Wounds – Military Medicine from the Civil War to Today
by National Museum of Health and Medicine
Section NM-6, Booth Number(s) 662

Explore the origins of the nation’s medical museum as you watch a demonstration of a Civil War-era amputation. Look into the future of military medicine as you learn about technological advances that are improving the care of American service members.

Connect the Bones – Forensic Identification of War Dead
by National Museum of Health and Medicine
Section NM-6, Booth Number(s) 664

Become a forensic anthropologist and gather information about a set of bones (replicas for hands-on activities), estimating age, sex, height, race and trauma. Learn about the history of forensic identification of US war dead.

National Security Space OfficeSpace Time
by National Security Space Office and Space Foundation
Section NM-3, Booth Number(s) 318

Ever wonder how astronauts conduct experiments on the International Space Station or the Space Shuttle? They use gloveboxes to keep the experiments from floating away and to keep everyone safe. Experience firsthand what it is like to use a glovebox and conduct experiments using circuits, robotic arms, or exercises in manual dexterity.

SpaWarWhy Do You Hear the Ocean When You Put a Seashell to Your Ear?
by SSC Pacific Education Outreach
Section NM-3, Booth Number(s) 310

“Why do you hear the ocean when you put your ear to a shell?” Learn about acoustic resonance while experimenting with pouring sound from one Helmholtz resonator to another. Come see and hear the extraordinary hoot tube!

Good, Good, Good, Good Vibrations!
by SSC Pacific Education Outreach
Section NM-3, Booth Number(s) 312

Learn about mechanical resonance while experimenting with vibrating strings, springs and hoops. See sand form intricate patterns in response to different forcing frequencies.

US Army Corps of EngineersFlooding the Nation with Knowledge
by US Army Corps of Engineers/Engineer Research and Development Center
Section PA-13, Booth Number(s) 1358

Learn what it takes to save a levee and ultimately a town and lives. Play an interactive simulation game developed by the Corps of Engineer featuring dynamic scenarios that tests the player’s ability to work the vast number of issues surrounding Levee Flood Risks. Discover the multiple conditions,restrictions, and resources affecting the outcome.

National Science CenterThe National Science Center’s Mobile Discovery Center
by National Science Center Section
PA-13, Booth Number(s) 14

Want to have a “hair-raising” good time? Then come experience our Van de Graaf generator! This and numerous other physical science demonstrations related to light and vision, sound, and electricity and magnetism allow participants to actively engage in a fun, interactive science learning experience.

by SpringBoard, a Program of the Juneau Economic Development CouncilAlaska’s Cool Cryosphere
by SpringBoard, a Program of the Juneau Economic Development Council
Section PA-13, Booth Number(s) 1356

Brrrr! What do Alaska’s glaciers, tundra, snow, sea ice and permafrost tell us about our changing world? Touch a chunk of ice from an Alaska glacier and learn first-hand about the cryosphere — Earth’s frozen places. Hands-on science from the far north!

Nationa lEarth Science Teachers AssociationLearning About Earth and Space Can Be Fun!
by National Earth Science Teachers Association
Section MA-C, Booth Number(s) 1033

Learn what clouds can tell you about coming weather! Interpret geological and weather maps! Identify rocks and minerals! Look through telescopes. Discover more abour our fascinating Planet!

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3 Responses to Where to Find DoD at the USA Science & Engineering Festival!

  1. National Museum of Health and Medicine Section is the best in its area.

  2. Thanks for the information.

  3. Is the USA Science & Engineering Festival on the same date this year?