Ocean Leadership Participation in the USA Science and Engineering Festival
The second USA Science and Engineering Festival is taking place at the Washington Convention Center (WCC) in Washington, D.C. from April 27-29, 2012. This free family event begins on Friday, April 27 with a sneak peek event for invited school groups, media, Congressional Members and their staffers, White House officials and key agency representatives. The festival is then open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 29.
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership will host a 30-foot booth (#3822 in Hall A) with interactive activities by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) and the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). IODP will have an interactive activity that challenges visitors to “extract a core from the ocean floor” and identify what type of event it holds. NOSB will give visitors a chance to test their ocean science knowledge using a “jeopardy-style” buzzer system to answer questions from the competition as well as ones specifically designed on these interactive booth activities. OOI will work with visitors to tackle the question of how we measure the ocean. Visitors will be able to make some of these measurements using scientific equipment to examine temperature and salinity.
Ocean Leadership will also participate in the Festival’s “Encounters with Scientists and Engineers” side-career event on Saturday, April 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Career Pavilion in the WCC. High school students from the region will have the opportunity to talk to Ocean Leadership staff and program representatives to learn more about their careers.
For a press release on Ocean Leadership’s involvement, click here.
For more information on the USA Science and Engineering Festival, click here.