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NSF hosts 26 hands-on exhibits at largest U.S. science and engineering festival

From robots to spiders and gravitational waves to brain scans, visitors can experience full scope of NSF-supported research

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Check out highlights from NSF-funded researchers who brought their science and studies to life at previous USA Science and Engineering Festivals.

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USA Science and Engineering Festival

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire next-generation scientists and engineers. NSF exhibitors, performers, speakers, partners, sponsors and advisers are a who's-who of science and engineering in the United States: from major academic centers and leading research institutes and government agencies to cutting-edge, high-tech companies, museums and community organizations.

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Learn how experiments and computer models can help harness energy and restore free-flowing rivers. Assess challenges and benefits of restoring lost wetlands in the Mississippi Delta. The USA Science and Engineering Festival, held April 25-27, 2014, in Washington, D.C., attracted more than 320,000 attendees. NSF was a big presence with 23 exhibits and 24 stage shows showcasing NSF-funded research.

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Jonathan Pruitt of the University of Pittsburgh shows kids just how hard it is to be a spider due to their poor vision. Explore spiders' behavior, ecology and sensory systems -- those ubiquitous, and one of the most diverse, groups of organisms in the world.

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