STEMatState: USA Science and Engineering Festival

May 1, 2014
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Craft Greets Volunteers at the Department of State Booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC on April 26, 2014.
“Each and every day, I see how we use science and technology to advance our diplomacy,” Secretary Kerry said in a video message to the USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF), which took place April 25-27 in Washington, D.C.  Over 325,000 festival attendees got a chance to see how science and technology are changing the way the world works.  The State Department joined the fun and hosted an exhibit that provided an interactive look at some of the ways that science and diplomacy intersect.  Volunteers from the State Department staffed the exhibit, creating a festive atmosphere through their excitement for technology.
With a STEM “passport,” visitors were invited to become ambassadors for diplomacy and science by getting stamps at each station in the exhibit.  Kids rose to the occasion, climbing in and out of one of State’s armored Suburbans, scanning their fingerprints, and learning how to tell whether medicines and goods are counterfeit.  In the Mobile Green Lab, they learned how U.S. diplomatic missions are reducing their environmental footprints, through initiatives such as solar power, rainwater harvesting, and smart metering.   
How are you using STEM to solve global challenges and advance security, democracy, and prosperity?  Tweet your answers and stories to @StateGDI!

About the Author: Caroline D'Angelo serves as a Eco-Mangement Analyst at the Department of State.

For more information, read our series of STEMatState blog entries to learn how we are using science and technology to advance diplomacy:


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