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June 10, 2016

USA Science & Engineering Festival 2016 (Image 74)

At the "Ask a Scientist" exhibit at the 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival, National Science Foundation (NSF) program officers answered visitor's questions about their research and careers. The exhibit, sponsored by the festival, 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 National Science Foundation (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) [Image 74 of 76 related images. See Image 75.]

Credit: David Flagg, National Science Foundation

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