On the weekend of October 23 and 24, the National Mall in Washington D.C. will be the site of the first-ever national Science and Engineering Expo, with performances and activities for kids, teens and families. The two-day Expo will include more than 1,500 hands-on activities and over 75 stage shows. In the words of the program’s organizers,
“The two-day Expo is perfect for teens, children and their families, and anyone with a curious mind who is looking for a weekend of fun and discovery. Build an underwater robot, chat with a Nobel Laureate, explore the science behind the magic of Hogwarts Academy and see a car that drives itself. From bugs to birds, kitchen chemistry to computer games, environmental monitoring to electronic music – the Expo has something for everyone and is completely free of charge.”
The Expo is the grand finale of the two-week USA Science & Engineering Festival, which is bursting with free science and engineering events in and around the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Many of these events require pre-registration, so be sure to consult the festival’s calendar to see which ones might interest your family. You might like to attend a lecture, let your kids try their hand at building robots, go on a math walking tour, or check out the Rubik’s Cube ® competition!
Check the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s website for more information, including a Kids’ Zone page with projects and experiments you can do at home, access to festival events that are being broadcast via live webstreaming, and information on satellite events around the country. The website also has a map of the Expo events and activities, a schedule of performances, and information to help you plan your day.
This looks like a wonderful event with lots of appeal for homeschooling families. I definitely plan to take my family so we can say we were there for the very first of what will hopefully be a longstanding series of annual Science & Engineering Festivals!