Why have a Science Festival? Society gets what it celebrates! As a culture, we celebrate movie stars, rock stars and athletes and we generate a lot of them, but we don’t celebrate science and engineering.
The Festival is analogous to an art, music or literary Festival but it is focused on Science and Engineering and accomplishes its mission via hands-on demonstrations, fun demos, and presentations including art, music, comedy, film and theater.
The Festival kicks off in just three weeks, offering over 150 FREE events for the public – all geared toward sparking an interest in Science. I have pulled together over 750 companies, universities, research labs, federal agencies, professional societies, community groups and science outreach organizations.
The grand finale will be a two day EXPO on the National Mall in Washington D.C. (and surrounding venues) on October 23-24, 2010— over 1,500 fun, hands-on interactive activities and 75 stage shows for all ages. There will be stuff for the mildly curious to the science professional. You can learn about fun topics like the science of the magic of Harry Potter, the mathematics of jump roping, the physics of superheroes, the chemistry of Thanksgiving Dinner, the engineering of baseball bats and balls, the science behind special effects in movies, trends in Global Warming, renewable energy sources of the future …. (This is a completely non-profit, non-commercial, fun and educational initiative.)
You can operate state-of-the-art robots, laugh with science comedians, be mesmerized by science magicians and mathemagicians, converse with astronauts, Nobel Laureates, science celebrities like Bill Nye the Science Guy and even scientists of the past, fly a fighter jet simulator, enter a virtual reality environment, be a CSI agent, make a virus out of marshmallows and toothpicks, try your hand at using a surgical robot, discover methods of measuring global warming, learn how to transform your car so it can run off a Cuisinart etc.
And — while having fun — you can leave with information about science scholarships, internships, mentoring programs, jobs and much more.
But that’s not all – there will be 50 satellite events occurring throughout the United States. Look here to view a map of Satellite Events: www.usasciencefestival.org/satellite-event-directory