“Wow,” “Awesome,” and “I did it!,” were among the many expressions heard in and around the Defense Department’s (D0D) exhibits at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo this past weekend, October 23 and 24. The Expo was the culminating event of a two-week celebration of science and engineering in our Nation’s capitol.
Under sunny skies, youth and adults packed five and six rows deep crowded 23 DoD booths displaying hands-on technologies used by military service members in the field and demonstrations of scientific and engineering concepts. DoD’s participation was part of more than 500 exhibits and a full two-day schedule of stage shows and lectures on the National Mall and Freedom Plaza.
Technologies present included flexible and protective materials used in uniforms and vehicles, digital computer displays used in battlefield planning, three-dimensional air defense systems, the manipulation of robots via wireless sensors, and gloveboxes used to recreate construction and repair work done by astronauts in zero gravity.
Concepts taught included magnetic and acoustic resonance, conservation and environmental clean-up, propulsion, buoyancy, aircraft and boat design, genetics, and physics.
A big thank to you DoD leadership for their support of the Festival Expo and to the many DoD participants who worked tirelessly to inspire youth and encouraging adults as educational partners. You can see a full gallery of images below or on the Armed with Science Facebook Page.