Posted by: COSI | December 7, 2010

A Woodstock for Science: Part I

A blog post in three parts highlighting COSI’s participation in the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival, held in Washington, D.C., on October, 23-24, 2010.

Post by Doug Buchanan, Guest Blogger

COSI Education Programs Marketing Manager

“Are you connected to the COSI in Columbus, Ohio?”

By the end of the day Sunday, I’d lost track of how many guests to our booth at the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival had asked us this question. If we’d been in Ohio, I wouldn’t have been at all surprised, but I didn’t expect we’d meet so many of our fans on the National Mall in Washington, D.C, almost in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol.

The inaugural USA Science  Engineering Festival

The inaugural USA Science Engineering Festival

I also didn’t expect to meet so many science fans, period, at the USA Science & Engineering Festival. The organizer’s initial expectation was a weekend attendance of 100,000, but by late Sunday, the Festival had attracted five times as many – half a million people.

“A Woodstock for Science” – how could COSI not be there? That’s how the USA Science & Engineering Festival was described to us early in 2010 when we first learned of it.

Over an October weekend, the Festival would bring together 1,500 of the nation’s leading science organizations for two full days of explosive demonstrations, amazing hands-on activities, and team competitions – all free to the public, and all taking place right in our “nation’s backyard,” the National Mall. The Festival’s intention: to re-energize our country’s passion for science and to inspire the next generation of science leaders. It’s the kind of party COSI just couldn’t resist.

Coming tomorrow: The drive to D.C., and setting up on the National Mall.
 

 

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