Science on the Mall
Spectacular October weather in Washington, D.C., provided a perfect setting for the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival on the National Mall and nearby venues over the past weekend (Oct. 23 and 24).
Thousands of people thronged the hundreds of exhibits set up by federal and state agencies with a science component to their mission, nonprofit organizations like the American Chemical Society, companies, and universities.
Some exhibits were informational; many others featured hands on activities mainly geared toward young people. All were designed to demonstrate the excitement of science and engineering. From the time I spent wandering though the festival, it was a tremendous success. Lines formed for many of the exhibits.
C&EN will publish a report on the festival in its Nov. 8 issue. In the meantime, here are a few images I captured during the day.
Doing chemistry at the ACS booth
More chemistry at the ACS booth
Quality time with the ACS mole
Building rockets with the Aerospace Industries Association
Exploring 3D geometry with the American Mathematical Society
View of the exhibits and crowd on 3rd St., NW