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June 10, 2016

Painting mini guitars at the 'STEM Guitar Project'

At the "STEM Guitar Project" exhibit at the 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival, visitors dipped miniature wooden guitars into swirly-colored paint while learning about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles. The National Science Foundation-funded project helps faculty increase their students' interest and engagement in STEM principles by providing professional development institutes that engage in the discovery of applied learning techniques using the guitar and curriculum. The exhibit by Sinclair Community College was in the NSF exhibit halls, where visitors could experience the full scope of NSF-supported research.

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Augmented reality sandboxes, mammoth robotic sculptures, the science of guitars and actor Wil Wheaton's crowning of winners from the NSF and National Nanotechnology Initiative-sponsored competition "Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes" are just a few of the NSF activities that visitors could experience at the fourth USA Science & Engineering Festival that took place in Washington, D.C., April 15-17, 2016. It is the nation's largest science and engineering (S&E) festival.

In the NSF exhibit halls, S&E researchers and educators presented projects that reflected NSF-supported diverse explorations, providing a glimpse into the knowledge, innovation and educational resources that result from investment in fundamental research.

The free event, which took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, aimed to inspire next-generation inventors and innovators through more than 3,000 hands-on exhibits, experiments and live performances by science celebrities, inventors and subject-matter experts. An estimated 365,000 people attended the event this year.

A full list of the exhibits and live events spotlighting NSF-funded projects can be found in the NSF Media Advisory NSF hosts 26 hands-on exhibits at largest U.S. science and engineering festival. (Date image taken: April 2016; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: June 10, 2016)

Credit: Glorymar Rivera-Diaz, National Science Foundation

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