Lockheed Martin will feature an exciting lineup of hands-on, interactive science and technology attractions for student attendees at the upcoming USA Science & Engineering Festival, where the company will serve as founding and presenting host. Free of charge and open to all ages.
Some of what the students can expect to experience includes:
- What it's like to be a pilot: The F-35, F-22 and F-16 flight simulators will allow students to "take to the skies".
- What it's like to pilot a spacecraft: Visitors can rendezvous with an asteroid at the Orion Human Space Flight Simulator, where they'll use actual flight controls to pilot the Orion Capsule.
- What it's like to live on Mars: The Lockheed Martin Phoenix Mars Lander exhibit will feature the Mars One missions. Attendees will be able to take a photo of "living" on Mars and post it on social media.
- What it's like to live in Antarctica: Students can wear cold weather gear and learn what it is like to live and work in the coldest place on earth.
- Robot Rescue Challenge: Visitors can control a blimp through a challenging course to rescue a stranded team member and learn the different ways to control robots using state-of-the-art robotic technology.
- Robots in a band! KMel Robotics created a team of precision-controlled, intricately coordinated flying vehicles that will be playing a variety of off-the-shelf and homemade instruments. The creators of these musical robots will be available to talk with students.
- Interactive Weather Wall: Visitors can record their own weather segment with The Weather Channel and take home a DVD of their personalized recording!
There will be stage shows. One is a Q&A by Mike Rowe. Mike Rowe will give a keynote address surrounding skilled trades and STEM, and will also host the first ever mikeroweWORKS Pavilion at the Festival, aimed at inspiring students interested in pursuing a skilled trade.
Also, Crystal Lee - Miss California, Runner-Up Miss America and Stanford University Science Graduate will speak. She is currently involved with a nanotechnology startup to enable vaccines to be transported and delivered without the need for refrigeration to rural and impoverished areas of the world. And world peace.
There will be a panel of successful female technologists and mentors from leading organizations to provide encouragement and guidance to students. The Women in Technology panel on the Lockheed Martin stage will be comprised of representatives from Pinterest, Girls Who Code and Michelle in Training. The panel will take place Saturday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m.
When: Festival free to the public – Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where:Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW
Washington, D.C. 20001