OSA to Participate in the USA Science and Engineering Festival


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

OSA to Participate in the USA Science and Engineering Festival

WASHINGTON, April 24—The Optical Society ( OSA ) today announced they are a partner and exhibitor in the USA Science and Engineering Festival taking place in Washington, D.C., April 28-29. OSA volunteers will be on hand to perform education demonstrations in the Festival’s “Big Top Physics” tent, a joint project between OSA, the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Acoustical Society of America, the Society of Physics Students, and the University of Maryland’s MRSEC program.

The all-ages Festival features more than 3,000 exhibitors, 33 author presentations, more than 100 stage shows, and science celebrity appearances by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Mayim Bialik from The Big Bang Theory, and Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from the hit TV Series MythBusters. The organizers expect approximately 10,000 visitors over the course of the festival, being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

"The USA Science and Engineering Festival is an opportunity to experience the fun and excitement that comes with learning about technology and innovation for all ages," said Elizabeth Rogan, OSA CEO. “This is an opportunity to contribute to an event where students, parents, and educators can enjoy what science has to offer in ways that are both informative and engaging. OSA is proud to be a partner and exhibitor.”

OSA’s participation in the festival is one of many ways the society supports youth education programs. Other initiatives include OSA’s OPTICSforKIDS.org website and the distribution of complimentary pre-college educational materials to educators and parents.

The USA Science and Engineering Festival is advised by a Board that includes Nobel Laureates, leading CTOs/CSOs of Fortune 100 technology and life science companies, accomplished serial entrepreneurs and innovators, world famous translational scientists, decision makers in government science policy, and leaders in science education. The mission of the event is “to re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science festival in the United States.”

About OSA

Uniting more than 130,000 professionals from 175 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org .