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2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival (Image 12)

July 2, 2014
Visitors at the Purdue University Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) exhibit "Build It Better" at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival were challenged to build structures using everyday household items that could withstand an earthquake generated by a shake table. Visitors learned that California is not the only state in the U.S. to be prone to earthquakes. An August 2011 earthquake was felt in Virginia and in surrounding states. The NEES 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. 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: Jessica Arriens, National Science Foundation

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