April 25-27: USA Science & Engineering Festival

Event Date: 
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Join us April 25-27 for the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, one of the nation’s largest public events celebrating science and engineering.

Work with others to create a model of a resilient coastal city with a colorful jumbo jigsaw puzzle that was developed by the Koshland Science Museum and Resilience Project at the National Academies. What does a coastal city need to be resilient? Learn about measures that can reduce the impacts of disasters, explore how community groups and civic organizations can support the community in times of need, and consider why plans to get businesses up and running quickly are important. We all have a role in fostering a culture of resilience. 

Take home packets of Little bluestem seeds, a native prairie grass that grows in many parts of the country and provides erosion control, food for elk and deer, and seeds and cover for small mammals and birds. Plant the seeds in your home garden or community space to build a microcosm of resilience. As your Little bluestem changes throughout the seasons, report your observations at Project BudBurst, a network of people across the United States who monitor plants and share their observations with others.

You can find the Koshland Science Museum and Project BudBurst in Booth # 3323 in Hall C at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The booth is part of Decisiontown: Where Your Choices Matter, organized by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine.

This year’s Festival highlights include over 3,000 hands-on activities, more than 150 stage shows, a book fair, a career pavilion, and more. This is a fun and engaging event for students, families, community groups, and science-interested people of all ages. Festival hours are 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. Admission is free.