Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Booth 3122

Slip your fingers into the world of science. Experience the challenge that scientist face using a glove box in the lab to move items between containers. Are you up to the challenge? Visit DTRA and find out. You can also see the results of our research used to protect Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.

Dimension U

U Game. U Gain. - Booth 3126

At DimensionU, kids find video games that are fun, educational, and rewarding. Parents find an easy and proven way to motivate their children to learn.

National Defense Education Program (NDEP)

Building American Strength in Science and Engineering - Booth 3126

What do scientists and engineers do? Step-up and meet real scientists and engineers and talk with them about their research and interests in areas ranging from robotics to rocketry, as well as NDEP sponsored K-12 programs, such as the online math skill challenges of DimensionU (www.dimensionu.com) and practical engineering of the Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) (www.realworlddesignchallenge.org). Scientists and engineers will demonstrate robots in action and provide students the chance to interact and play with robots, discuss the science of hand built model rockets, and introduce children to action filled, free on-line interactive mathematics games. A RWDC team of students will discuss winning RWDC engineering solutions to real world engineering problems and discuss the RWDC challenges and resources to help devise innovative, winning engineering solutions. For parents, education leaders from the Department of Defense will share learning and funding opportunities for students to become inspired, develop skills, and pursue future degrees in science, engineering and mathematics.

National Museum of Health and Medicine

Booth 3039

From the bloody fields of the Civil War to the arid deserts of Iraq, military medicine has driven many innovations that have impacted both military and civilian life. Discover the inner workings of the human body and the technologies used to advance military medicine. Specimens and artifacts from the Museum's Historical and Anatomical Collections will demonstrate how the body works and how we treat disease and injury, while visitors learn will more about human anatomy and pathology. Images from the Museum's vast photographic archive will illuminate advances in modern medicine.

National Science Center

Mobile Discovery Center - Booth 3303

Want to have a "hair-raising" good time? Come experience our Van de Graaf generator! This and other exciting physical science demonstrations involving light and vision, sound, and electricity and magnetism allow participants to actively engage in a fun, interactive science learning experience.

National Security Agency

Booth 3031

Learn how the NSA protects U.S. national security systems and produces foreign signals intelligence information. The Information Assurance mission confronts the formidable challenge of preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information. The Signals Intelligence mission collects, processes, and disseminates intelligence information from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes and to support military operations. This Agency also enables Network Warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

Real World Design Challenge

The Nation's Innovation Engine - Booth 3126

The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual high school competition run by a public-private partnership with the goal of sustainably increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. The partners are focused on working within the context of the American educational system to transform STEM education in the United States by providing professional science and engineering and learning resources to students and teachers.

SpringBoard/Juneau Economic Development Council

Alaska - Big Ice! - Booth 3022

The guiding objective of the SpringBoard/JEDC STEM initiative is to increase student interest and competencies in STEM fields, organized around three strategies:

  • facilitate professional development of teachers;
  • offer STEM enrichment activities to students; and,
  • participate in advocacy and outreach to build public awareness and support.

Our work is guided by a commitment to hands-on, engaged learning that links students to real world opportunities and challenges in an environment of high expectations and discovery. We work with teachers and students, government and non-government organizations, not-for-profits, and increasingly with Alaska business and industry to address the current and future STEM needs of the state.

Team America Rocketry Challenge

Booth 3126

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), originally created as a celebration of the Centennial of Flight in 2002, is about inspiring the next generation of young people to choose a career in aerospace. The world's largest rocket contest, TARC is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), with support from the Department of Defense and other organizations. The generation that won the Space Race is retiring from America's aerospace industry, creating lots of great opportunities on exciting programs. TARC is a steppingstone to the stars for students, and approximately 7,000 students from across the nation compete in TARC each year. Teams design, build and fly a model rocket that reaches a specific altitude and duration determined by a set of rules developed each year. The top 100 teams, based on local qualification flights, are invited to Washington, DC in May for the national finals. Prizes include $60,000 in cash and scholarships split between the top 10 finishers. NASA invites top teams to participate in their Student Launch Initiative, an advanced rocketry program. The contest is designed to encourage students to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace.

Read more about TARC and its efforts to invigorate the next generation of aerospace engineers at http://rocketcontest.org

U.S. Air Force

CyberPatriot - Booth 3110

Have you got what it takes? Come learn about the National High School Cyber Defense Competition, CyberPatriot, and how it inspires high school students toward careers in cyber security and the other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation. See how the competition works, and see why hundreds of educators and leaders of youth programs have been motivated to compete! Come see the skills youth learn! Come see the excitement of the annual National Finals Competition! CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association. The Northrop Grumman Foundation is its presenting sponsor.

U.S. Air Force

Mobile Jet Display - Booth 3103

Visit Command Center Alpha for a first-of-its-kind augmented reality experience that will immerse you in the "sci-fi" world of the United States Air Force.

U.S. Air Force

The World of Avatars - Booth 3108

Have you ever wondered how virtual reality technology is used in the design and development of engineering systems like robots? Welcome to the land of Avatar and discover for yourself. Visit a virtual medical research campus in our Virtual Discovery Center. Fly through a virtual blood vessel and see the kind of research being conducted in virtual world that might one day help your grandparents live healthier, happier lives. See how smart phones can be used to help control robots via the robot's avatar in virtual world ... and maybe even take a turn yourself in controlling the robot using a smart phone!

U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol

STEM Lift-off with Civil Air Patrol - Booth 3320

Come to this booth to learn how K-12 teachers and students ages 12-18 can literally "take to the skies" with Civil Air Patrol's programs. Also, students, grades K-12, can become involved in an exciting variety of free educational programs and hands-on products and activities to share with their teachers or youth organization... Robotics, Rocketry, Satellite Imagery, Cyber Security, and much more is available! So, come by, lift-off with an easy aero-vehicle and paper glider, and learn how YOU can become involved in exhilarating aerospace programs for YOU and your school! UP, UP, and Away!!!

U.S. Air Force Civilian Service

Exciting Principles and Concepts of Air Force STEM - Booth 3011

Over 180,000 men and women working in virtually every profession you can imagine and serving a common purpose. A commitment to something greater than the bottom line. Something greater than self.

Welcome to AFCS, the Air Force Civilian Service. We provide administrative, operations, and technical support to the United States Air Force in the defense of our nation. No matter what your background, education, or experience, chances are that a career unlike any other awaits you at AFCS. Isn't it time you knew?

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

Booth 3003

Come experience how one great idea has turned into a cutting-edge medical and industrial tool used today. This is just one example of the many technologies on display that the Air Force Research Lab fosters in an effort to shape a more powerful Air Force of the future.

U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Air Force ROTC Opportunities - Booth 3106

What Is Air Force ROTC?

It is a challenge. It is an opportunity. It is a head-start on a lifetime of success, within the Air Force and in everything you choose to do.

Air Force ROTC is a college program offered at over 1000 colleges and universities across the U.S. that prepares you to become an Air Force officer.

What does this mean to you? It means:

  • The opportunity to get the money you need for college
  • Making the most out of your college experience and your life
  • The chance to earn a college degree while working toward becoming an officer in the United States Air Force
  • The chance to experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities

But know it will not be easy. Air Force ROTC provides you with a challenging program to hone your time management, physical fitness and analytical skills – and helps you push yourself to achieve your goals.

But for those who are up to the challenge, the rewards last a lifetime.

USA Medical Research Material Command

Animal Kingdom - 3141

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) serves the medical needs of our Soldiers! Stop by the USAMRMC booth and be "electrified" by hands-on exhibits for all ages to experience how the Animal Kingdom impacts our lives and those of Soldiers. From viruses to quiet pond ciliates to malaria parasites, from mosquitoes to protection against the disease they give us, we'll have it all. Innocent and not-so-innocent creatures of the Animal Kingdom will come alive (really)!

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center

Mobilizing with Science and Engineering - Booth 3135

Mission

The Mission of the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is to provide science, technology, and expertise in engineering and environmental sciences in support of our Armed Forces and the Nation to make the world safer and better.

U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center

Help Us Keep Our Nation Safe and Clean! - Booth 3340

Keeping our Nation Safe — How to use Raman spectroscopy for Hazardous Identification. ECBC scientists and engineers help develop solutions to counter chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) threats to our nation and warfighters. If you would like to experience how first responders can use a Raman spectrometer to identify unknown chemical and biological substances, please stop by and try it out! Raman spectroscopy uses molecular light scattering, where the incident laser light is scattered at new wavelengths which correspond to the chemical bonds within the compound of interest. The scattered light forms a unique spectral fingerprint that can be used to differentiate and identify chemical or biological materials. For example, Anthrax, which takes the form of a white powder, has a distinct signature that is very different from that of any other white powder.

Providing Access to Clean Water — Which water filtration methods work best?

ECBC scientists and engineers help develop solutions to counter chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) threats to our nation and warfighters. Put yourself in the shoes of a scientist or engineer. Which filtration methods work best to clean drinking water? How can we purify contaminated water? If you would like to embrace the challenge of designing a water filtration system, please stop by and see which filtration media can help cleanse dirty water best. Find out how ECBC scientists and engineers apply innovative and creative thinking to develop solutions that protect first responders from potential CBRNE threats.

U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program

Your STEM Future is America's Future! - Booth 3338

Some of the most exciting scientific discoveries and technological innovations are being made by scientists and engineers who work for the US Army. Is your STEM future America's future? Find out about the Army Educational Outreach Program's (AEOP) experiences, internships, and competitions designed to inspire you to put your brain to work doing STEM for America.

U.S. Army Ft. Belvoir

Soldiers Sensors and Lasers - Booth 3131

Have you ever wanted to have Super Hero powers? Check out the Project Manager Soldier Sensors and Lasers booth to interact with the advanced technology systems the Army provides its Soldiers that allows them to go "Beyond Owning the Night". The electromagnetic spectrum is foundational to these system capabilities (or powers) and is further explored with solar race cars. Learning + Fun = The PM SSL Experience.

U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM)

Booths 3230 & 3231

"Drive" a simulator to experience what military drivers do in stressful, dangerous situations. Because one-third as many soldiers are killed in vehicle accidents as in combat, researchers at the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab have developed the Simulated Automotive Virtual Environments' (S.A.V.E.) training simulator that creates environments mirroring the challenges service members face behind the wheel. S.A.V.E. is a motion base driving simulator tool for teaching military drivers vehicle control in stressful situations and dangerous driving conditions. Participants can "drive" the simulator while it rolls, pitches, heaves and continually yaws. The S.A.V.E. virtual training system demonstrates how vehicle control can be taught in a virtual environment to provide a safe and cost effective method of training.

U.S. Naval Academy

Go Overboard with STEM at USNA - Booth 3434

Set sail for new experiences in science and engineering. Investigate the amazing principles of fluid and air, explore buoyancy and boat design, drive underwater robots, learn the secrets of cryptography and forensic investigations.

U.S. Navy - Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division

National Flight Academy - Booth 3339

The National Flight Academy (Pensacola, FL) in partnership with its partners to include the NAWCTSD, will demonstrate a story-based immersive flight simulation experience for the student to experience flight and be exposed to aviation career-oriented opportunities. Would see a flight simulator and be able to fly mission challenges that cover topics such as wind speed and direction variables and determine required compensation for successful flight navigation. Missions are designed to meet national standards in math, science and technology education.

U.S. Navy - Naval Research Laboratory

Community Outreach - Anacostia DC - Booth 3333

NRL wants to host a VEX robotics demonstration with hands-on robot manipulation by kids. The booth would host teams of students from Hart Middle School in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Navy - Naval Sea Systems Command

NAVSEA - Keeping America's Navy #1 in the World - Booth 3325

Join the science and engineers of NAVSEA and try your hand at some great hands-on activities to stimulate your science. Build, touch or drive a robot (even underwater). Try to design a spacesuit for a potato or touch some interesting substances. Also see some great examples of the work that NAVSEA does across the countries.

U.S. Navy - Office of Naval Research

SeaPerch and Physics of Sail - Booth 3424

Visit the SeaPerch exhibit, and take the controls of a SeaPerch underwater robot! Drive it around the pool, dive, turn, and try to pick up a ring from the pool floor with your SeaPerch! Do you like boats? Do you like the water? Do you like science and math? If you do, did you ever think about a career in Naval Architecture, or Marine, Naval, or Ocean Engineering? The SeaPerch program is designed for middle and high school students, and helps open your eyes to the fun of designing and building underwater ROVs, and learning about engineering, science, and ship/submarine design. The Sea Perch program introduces pre-college students to the wonders of underwater robotics. Part of the Office of Naval Research's initiative, "Recruiting the Next Generation of Naval Architects," this program teaches students how to build an underwater robot (called a Sea Perch), how to build a propulsion system, how to develop a controller, and how to investigate weight and buoyancy. Control a robot with just a wave of your hand! The AcceleGlove uses accelerometer sensors to know how your hand and fingers are positioned. The sensor readings can then be used to control a robot, communicate via sign language, or play a video game. Come get a "hands-on" demonstration and learn all about how motion sensors work.

U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Making the Navy's Information Dominance Vision a Reality - Booth 3341

Do you like to think outside the box? Visit our booth to learn how scientists and engineers at SPAWAR use their creativity on products and services that protect our country and its servicemembers. You will have the opportunity to interact with different devices including unmanned aerial and ground vehicles and learn the science behind these technolgies with hands-on activities including LeTry robots and bristle bots.