Washington Update

FASEB and Member Societies Promote STEM at Upcoming USA Science and Engineering Festival

By: Anne Deschamps
Thursday, March 29, 2018

The fifth USA Science and Engineering Festival will take place April 7-8 in Washington. The free, two-day expo features a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities: motivational “Meet the Scientist” events, exciting stage shows, and hands-on activities.

More than 350,000 people, many of them children and teens, are expected to explore the convention center halls and participate in some of the 3,000 hands-on exhibits sponsored by scientific and engineering societies, universities, government agencies, and high-tech corporations.

At  FASEB’s booth (401), attendees will learn some “Secrets of the Human Brain,” constructing model neurons from pipe cleaners and beads and learning about different parts of the neuron and how messages are passed from one neuron to the next.

Other FASEB member societies participating in the Festival include the Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) and the Society for Toxicology (SOT). Visitors to the SDB booth (6409) can observe developing creatures – from fertilized eggs to juveniles to adults – and learn about regeneration. SOT’s National Capital Area Regional Chapter is hosting a booth in the Career Pavilion (C32), letting attendees know about the variety of career opportunities in the toxicology field.

The festival will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, beginning on Saturday, April 7 (10:00 am- 6:00 pm ET) through Sunday, April 8 (10:00 am- 4:00 pm ET). For more information and to register, visit www.usasciencefestival.org. Use the hashtag #SciFest on social media to check out various highlights from the festival, and follow @FASEBorg on Twitter and @FASEB.org on Facebook to see updates from FASEB, SDB, and SOT throughout the weekend.