If you live in the DC Metropolitan area and are looking for something educational and fun to to take the kids to this weekend, consider heading out to the 2-day USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo that will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from Saturday, April 16 to Sunday, April 17.
The event is a family-friendly expo designed to inspire the next generation of innovators and you and your kids will get a chance to check out 3,000 hands-on activities and marvelous stage performances.
Serial entrepreneur Larry Bock and Lockheed Martin executives started the festival, which is in its 4th year, to address the severe shortage in science and tech talent and to ignite the next generation’s interest in considering careers in science and engineering.
This expo is also the nation’s largest science festival.
Event organizers are expecting over 350,000 attendees over the two-day event.
“In partnership with the USA Science & Engineering Festival, we want to inspire and encourage the future generation of young scientists, engineers and inventors across the nation,” says Dana Points, Parents Editor-in-Chief. “The Parents Network – with a strong portfolio of top parenting brands including Parents, FamilyFun, Parents Latina and Ser Padres – has teamed up to create a dynamic, educational experience for both parents and kids.”
The Meredith Parents Network will sponsor an Innovation Lab at the Festival Expo on April 16 from 10am-6pm and April 17 from 10am-4pm. Attendees will receive complimentary gift bags and can enter to win onsite raffles.
Kids will learn how to build their own rocket car, and race them to win prizes. The booth will also feature three brand partners including Visit Williamsburg, which will offer families roller coaster demonstrations, a dig for artifacts and more, Children’s Flonase, and Lakeshore Learning.
“Our partnership with the USA Science & Engineering Festival is a great opportunity to connect with Millennial moms regarding one of THE most important things in her life: her kids and giving them the best education possible. The Festival provides kids and families with hands-on experience, inspiring them to learn how things work. We are thrilled to be a part of this event and to partner with our advertisers to showcase their brands in this interactive environment,” adds Carey Witmer, President, Meredith Parents Network.
“Science is amazing. Staying competitive as a nation means we have to encourage more kids to think about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). What better way to capture their imaginations than gathering the rock stars of science in one place and providing activities they can really do?” says Larry Bock, Co-Founder of the USA Science & Engineering Festival.