The largest celebration of science in the US is happening in DC on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2012 at the DC Convention Center. The 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival and Book Fair features entertainment for the whole family with over 3,000 hands-on science and engineering activities and over 100 stage shows!
The Expo is open to all ages and is free. Major science celebrities including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Mayim Bialik from the Big Bang Theory, and Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from MythBusters will be performing. New this year: the Festival Book Fair and a Career Pavilion for high-school student, including a College Fair, a Job Fair and a Meet the Scientist/Engineer Networking area.
On Saturday, DC resident and independent book publisher Dia Michels will share a fun and intriguing presentation for kids at 3:30 on the Family Science Stage. She is author and publisher of a variety of child- and parent-friendly books, including If Your Mom Were A Platypus, which challenges your knowledge of animals while exploring how mammals, culminating with humans, give birth. Dia says:
Aided by Snugglepus, my special Australian friend, I’ll help you discover just how special mammals are. You’ll learn about elephants, giraffes, koalas, whales, shrews…even platypuses! Find out how researchers classify all forms of life. Who knows, maybe you’ll wish you really had a platypus for a mom!?!
Dia’s publishing company, Science, Naturally! will have a booth in Main Expo Hall. Stop by Booth BF-1 and say “Hello.” Mention this article and get the award-winning book, If My Mom Were a Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers (now available in English, Spanish, Dutch and Hebrew) at half price ($4.98). She will also have their award-winning Smart Kid Book Set at the booth.
Expo hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. The Convention Center is at 801 Mt. Vernon Place. Take Metro and exit at the Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center stop.
For readers not near Washington, DC, don’t fret! USASEF has satellite events all across the country. Check out their website for info on a science and engineering event near you.