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2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival (Image 67)

July 4, 2014
The Center for Selective C-H Functionalization's exhibit "Redefining Chemical Logic: Teaching Old Bonds New Tricks" at the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival had visitors learn how to build completely new molecules. The center is literally breaking old bonds and creating new ones to reshape chemical synthesis, material sciences and drug discovery. From artificial snow to vanishing colors, visitors could step into the shoes of a real researcher and help solve modern chemical quandaries. The exhibit was one of NSF's 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. The center also had an exhibit, "Redefining Chemical Logic: Teaching Old Bonds New Tricks," at the festival. 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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