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2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival (Image 5)

July 2, 2014
Visitors at the University of Minnesota (U of M) Department of Earth Sciences' "Rivers and Deltas in the Lab: Energy, Environment, Restoration" exhibit at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival tested the impact of dams and sediment using a model of a river delta. Visitors to the exhibit also learned how much energy is in a river, what happens if a dam is removed, how can experiments and computer models help harness energy and restore free-flowing rivers, how do river deltas support and protect coastal life, what are the challenges and benefits of restoring lost wetlands in the Mississippi Delta, and what is the best site for Delta restoration. The exhibit was one of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) exhibits and stage shows at the festival that took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on April 25-27. (A video about the exhibit is available Here.) NSF was a partner in the festival, the nations largest celebration of science and engineering, where visitors eagerly engaged in hands-on activities and were amazed by the breadth of research and education projects supported by the agency. The festival expo provides an opportunity for NSF to showcase the innovation the agency supports throughout the U.S. and the projects and programs selected to represent NSF benefit from the opportunity to demonstrate the value of their activities and outcomes to a large national audience. The goal of the festival is to reinvigorate the interest of the nations youth in science, technology, engineering and math by presenting these areas in an exciting, compelling, educational and entertaining manner. Now in its third year, the festival attracted an estimated 320,000 attendees. (Date of Image: 2014) Credit: Susan Pell, National Science Foundation

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