By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ignacio D. Perez DoD News, Defense Media Activity
The doors opened to the 5th annual USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center here today, and will be open to the public until April 8th.
The Defense Department is supporting the event with several exhibits in which the audience will have the opportunity to interact with DoD science, technology, engineering and math professionals and mentors.
“This year we have a cannon that incorporates using vacuums and air pressure, hands on robotics, a display on how missiles are made, and all sorts of hands-on things here to try to show children what we are trying to do and why science and engineering is important,” said Dale Ormond, principal director for DoD’s Research Directorate Office.
Developed to ignite the next generation’s interest in science and engineering, the expo will feature over 3,000 hands-on activities showcasing this year’s theme: “Where STEM Can Take You.”
“Opportunities like these [are] where we can show children that science can be fun, and the different avenues you can take that discipline of engineering or science and apply it to any field whether it ends up in science or engineering or not,” said Mary Miller, assistant defense secretary for research and engineering.”
Along with different booths and…