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2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival (Image 41)

July 3, 2014
Children at the Mobile Area Education Foundation's (Mobile, Ala.) exhibit "Keep Your Eye on Engineering to Solve Real-World Problems" at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival design a device to catch blood clots in a model human circulatory system, one of three challenges they could participate in to get engaged in engineering to help people and the environment. Others challenges were to create and test a barrier system to prevent pollution of streams and waterways or design the fastest and scariest roller-coaster ride--called "The Dare Devil." 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 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: Jackie Conciatore, National Science Foundation

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