The National Institutes of Health is making waves with exciting exhibits,
interactive fun for all ages and special science performances at the
2nd USA Science and Engineering Festival this weekend, April 28-29,
at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The
festival shows attendees that science is fun, intriguing, and accessible
to people of all ages. NIH will feature over 30 exhibits in Area 17 of
Included in the many unique exhibits and stage shows will be a rock
guitar performance by NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins. On Sunday,
on the Curie Stage in Hall C at 11:30 a.m., he’ll be strumming songs
on his guitar that delight the ears and educate the mind. "This
festival is exactly what we need to energize the next generation of young
scientists in the United States," said Dr. Collins.
Guests can play a 3-D game where they’ll battle against bacteria, learn
about the lobes of the human brain, or toss a football while wearing
goggles that simulate being under the influence of alcohol. From 12:30
p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, you can meet Dr. Carol Greider, an NIH grantee
from Johns Hopkins University who received a Nobel Prize for research
on the structure of telomeres, which are important in the lifespan of
cells. Click here for a full list of NIH exhibits.
NIH will host Career Exploration for people to learn about careers in
science. Meet with NIH scientists, health communicators and other health
professionals Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Career Pavilion in Hall A to
find out why they love science.
"Hundreds of NIH scientists and staff have committed so much to
provide challenging and interactive exhibits. I’m looking forward to
taking part and sharing how rewarding science can be," noted Collins
in previewing the program.