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2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival (Image 24)

July 3, 2014
Through the process of creating their own miniature tissue-paper dress, visitors to the University of Minnesota (U of M) College of Design's "Fashioning the Future" exhibit at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival learned how the geometry of 2-D pieces of fabric become 3-D garments. The exhibit demonstrated how scientists are creating wearable gadgets and accessories that will help protect people such as firefighters, and can help patients recover from an injury. Visitors could see how e-textiles are sewn and learn how science and engineering (S&E) principles are used to create winter clothing. In addition to the exhibit, U of M also participated in the Wearable Technology Fashion Show, a stage show that provided a glimpse of clothing and wearable devices that monitor, respond to and/or communicate with the wearer. 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. NSF was a partner in the festival, the nations largest celebration of S&E, 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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