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June 26, 2014

2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival (Image 61)

National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova listens as a representative from Colorado State University explains a "Listening to Magnetism" device at the "Little Shop of Physics" exhibit. Visitors at the exhibit could find answers to general scientific questions--Is a cloud warm or cold? Why are you able to see your veins through your skin?--by exploring, experimenting and touching. It included dozens of different experiments designed to learn how the world works. 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 science and engineering, 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 61 of 67 related images. See Image 62.]

Credit: Steve McNally, National Science Foundation

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