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2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival (Image 23)

"Fashioning the Future" exhibit at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival

Using conductive thread, visitors at the University of Minnesota (U of M) College of Design's "Fashioning the Future" exhibit at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival sew circuits into bracelets to light colorful bulbs. The exhibit demonstrated how scientists are creating wearable gadgets and accessories that will help protect people such as firefighters, and can help patients recover from an injury. Visitors to the exhibit could see how e-textiles are sewn, learn how science and engineering (S&E) principles are used to create winter clothing, and how the geometry of 2-D pieces of fabric become 3-D garments. In addition to the exhibit, U of M also participated in the Wearable Technology Fashion Show, a stage show that provided a glimpse of clothing and wearable devices that monitor, respond to and/or communicate with the wearer. The exhibit was one of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) exhibits and stage shows at the festival that took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on April 25-27.

NSF was a partner in the festival, the nations largest celebration of S&E, where visitors eagerly engaged in hands-on activities and were amazed by the breadth of research and education projects supported by the agency. The festival expo provides an opportunity for NSF to showcase the innovation the agency supports throughout the U.S. and the projects and programs selected to represent NSF benefit from the opportunity to demonstrate the value of their activities and outcomes to a large national audience.

The goal of the festival is to reinvigorate the interest of the nations youth in science, technology, engineering and math by presenting these areas in an exciting, compelling, educational and entertaining manner. Now in its third year, the festival attracted an estimated 320,000 attendees.

A complete list of NSFs exhibits and stage shows is available Here. Images from the festival can also be viewed on NSF's Flickr site Here. (Date of Image: 2014) [Image 23 of 67 related images. See Image 24.]

Credit: Susan Pell, National Science Foundation

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