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← Hangout with Scientific American from the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC!

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  1. Hello, I'm Maria D'Chrisina,
    editor-in-chief at Scientific American

  2. and we're live here from the show floor
  3. of the USA Science and Engineering
    festival and expo,
  4. which is going on Saturday April 26th
    and Sunday, April 27th,
  5. at the Walter E. Washington
    Convention Center
  6. here in Washington, D.C.
  7. In the next half hour we're going
    to chat with some exciting guests.
  8. We'll meet the two founders
    of the festival,
  9. Larry Bock and Ray O. Johnson.
  10. We'll learn about the awesome booth
    at Lockheed Martin,
  11. the festival's founding
    and presenting host,
  12. and we'll visit
    with the Society of American Magicians.
  13. Last, we'll talk about some cool stuff
  14. here at the Scientific American,
    which is also a festival sponsor.
  15. At Scientific American's booth,
  16. you can try our easy-to-do
    brain science home activities,
  17. the paleontologist
    with the shark finding program,
  18. Paleo Quest scientist
    and Zeiss microscopes.
  19. Check out some exciting new offerings
  20. in STEM education
    from Macmillan science and education,
  21. And take part in actually editing
  22. a scientific journal for kids
    called "Frontiers for Young Minds."
  23. So now let's meet Larry Bach
    and Ray O Johnson,
  24. the awesome co-founders
  25. of the USA Science
    and Engineering Festival.
  26. Ray is also
    Lockheed Martin's senior vice president
  27. and chief technology officer.
  28. Thank you very much for joining me.
  29. Our pleasure, Thank you.
  30. It's really my pleasure.
  31. So tell us,
    why did you create the festival?
  32. and what is going on here
    this weekend?
  33. You know our premise
    is society gets what it celebrates
  34. so we celebrate athletes,
    pop stars,
  35. Hollywood actors and actresses.
  36. And we generate a lot of wanna-be's
  37. but we don't celebrate
    science and engineering.
  38. So our goal was to put on
  39. the world's largest celebration
    of science and engineering.
  40. That's awesome, awesome goal.
  41. What are some (audio glitch) here
  42. and how many people
    are you expecting this weekend?
  43. We have literally
    a thousand organizations here
  44. doing over 3,000
    hands-on interactive exhibits
  45. and 150 stage shows.
  46. So you will see everything here
  47. from the Orion Space Capsule,
    the Surgical Robot,
  48. the virtual reality environment
    at one end of the extreme,
  49. making structures with marshmallows
    and toothpicks
  50. at the other end of the extreme.
  51. I especially want to try
    the marshmallows and toothpicks.
  52. I have to say,
    I'm a little bit hungry this morning.
  53. So, thank you.
  54. So Ray, we're here
    at the Lockheed Martin booth.
  55. I got to tell you guys,
    it's awesome; it's huge.
  56. There's a lot of amazing activities.
  57. I think I counted more than 350.
  58. And kids can take a trip to (inaudible)
  59. (inaudible) robot
    which I was checking out yesterday
  60. (Audio glitch)
  61. Tell me about.
    These are just a few of them.
  62. Tell me a little bit more about those.
    What are some of the things?
  63. We do have over 40 exhibits here,
  64. but we're part of hundreds of exhibits
    and thousands of demonstrations
  65. that are taking place over
    the next two days here.
  66. We're allowing the visitors
    to explore some of the new areas.
  67. [?] working robotics, some of the
    flight simulators,
  68. which we're well known for and they love,
    [?] how to fly the [?] and the F-35
  69. and also renewable energy,
    and some of the problems in the future.
  70. I think that's what we will be
    focusing on here.
  71. When kids think about going
    into STEM careers,
  72. That's science, technology,
    engineering and math,
  73. they think of difficult subjects.
  74. I have to take Calculus,
    I need to understand Physics,
  75. so it seems very difficult and very hard.
  76. Therefore, a lot of kids are not
    going into STEM fields and those areas [?]
  77. What we're doing in this festival,
    as you've said, the largest festival
  78. of its kind in the world,
    what we're doing is,
  79. through the hands-on experience,
    getting kids excited.
  80. And letting them understand
    that they can have
  81. that same thrill of victory
    that you get in sports
  82. by engaging in problem solving
    in engineering [?].
  83. In fact, we're gonna have some
    science cheerleaders here
  84. a little bit later on today.
  85. We have basketball players here,
    and what the cheerleaders
  86. and the basketball players
    and sports figures help us do
  87. is prove that STEM is cool.
  88. Yeah, I think that's awesome.
  89. - It's more fuel for curious minds.
    - Exactly.
  90. And, as Lockheed and others
    have shown us,
  91. if you put that effort it will push you far.
  92. I really appreciate it,
    it was so super to speak with you
  93. Larry and Ray, thank you so much.
  94. Is there anything you want to leave with the folks while we
    are waiting for [?] to come up?
  95. - I would say, get here early.
    - Yeah!
    -Number one.
  96. And this event will take more
    than two days to do
  97. so plan on both Saturday and Sunday.
  98. Yeah, I think we're gonna have
    hundreds of thousands of visitors
  99. here today, and the nice thing
    about doing this in Washington
  100. is we have a diverse crowd.
    What this does is it [?] STEM down
  101. [audio glitch] underrepresented today
    in science [?]
  102. and we need those people to
    enter the engineering and STEM fields.
  103. So that's why Washington is
    such a great place to have this.
  104. Yeah. I couldn't agree with you more.
    I really think science is an engine
  105. of human prosperity and wellbeing
    so I'm psyched that you guys are here.
  106. - Thank you.
    - Thanks so much.
  107. - Thank you.
  108. Great having you, I know you're
    really busy today, thanks for joining us.
  109. - Thank you.
    - My pleasure.
  110. Thank you.
  111. So now we're gonna be joined
    by Christopher Bodges,
  112. of the Society of American Magicians
  113. and he's going to talk a little bit about
    cool science [?] and such you can see
  114. at his [?]
    - Thank you.
    - Tell us what's going on today, Chris.
  115. I am going to start by telling you
    why we're here
  116. because a lot of people might be interested
    in why the magicians are
  117. at a Science and Engineering festival.
  118. And the answer is that magic is really
    just science mixed with creativity.
  119. The illusions that we create are based
    on principals of science,
  120. engineering technology and math
  121. and we give them creative presentations
    to make them entertaining
  122. but a lot of scientists and engineers are
    hobby magicians
  123. because of the creative aspect and the
    background magic has in those disciples.
  124. I actually attended a whole conference once
    about studies [?] illusions [?]
  125. It's fascinating stuff and we love
    to do it. We love to share.
  126. At our booth we have lots of hands-on
    activities
  127. Some magical illusions, some optical illusions
  128. that kids can try and adults, for that
    matter, can try hands-on
  129. and see what's going on
  130. One of those is this.
    - O yeah good, I'm glad you brought some.
  131. Let's put our hands on it
  132. It's just a two liter bottle filled with water
  133. There's a ketchup packet floating inside,
    as ketchup packets tend to do
  134. But with a little bit of magic
  135. That ketchup packet
    - (laughing)
  136. sinks!
  137. See it went all the way down,
    that's cool.
  138. A little more magic it will come right back.
  139. Now, I know magicians are notoriously
    uh, careful I would say
  140. about sharing some of their secrets
    - This is true
    - but if people come to your booth
  141. maybe they'll learn a little bit about
    the science [?]
  142. They can learn a little bit about that
    what we do, we never share our secrets
  143. with anyone who is not a magician.
  144. But if you demonstrate the fact that you
    are interested in learning magic
  145. We will share some secrets with you.
  146. And to that end we have a book available
    to anyone who's interested.
  147. It's an ebook, but I printed one
    so you could see it.
  148. It says "STEM Magic"
  149. This is filled with magic tricks that
    are based on principals of
  150. science, technology engineering and math.
    They're all things that you can do at home.
  151. Some of them are things that you can print
    out, there are a couple optical illusions
  152. in here that you can print out and cut out
    and otherwise...
  153. That's super [?]
  154. Otherwise you can read the instructions
    and learn to do magic.
  155. And so you can make it on your own
  156. We also have at our booth a full-size
    illusion that you can get into
  157. We can remove your head from your body
  158. Not actually. But it sure looks like it.
    And it makes for a really great [?]
  159. I'm trying it out!
    It's not like that actually.
  160. But we don't see the body,
    we just see the head.
  161. And you can take a picture where you
    have your head on a sword.
  162. So you are welcome to come and
    get your head removed.
  163. The reattachment process is slightly
    painful and involves some duct tape.
  164. But it's a lot of fun and it's a great
    picture to share with your friends.
  165. And we have some magicians there
    who are showing some magic for fun.
  166. Awesome.
  167. Thanks very much. Did you have
    something else for showing us now?
  168. I'll show you one more thing.
    - One more surprise
  169. Magicians don't [audio glitch] couple
    of people, I found that out recently.
  170. A guy came to me and asked me
    if I could change a dollar.
  171. I said of course I can, I'm a magician.
  172. He said he wanted four quarters,
    so I took his dollar
  173. and I folded it, one, two, three,
    four times [?] and squeeze.
  174. It's getting very teeny
  175. And I opened it back up
    and I showed him
  176. how I ... change ... a dollar.
    - Oh man!
  177. I've been staring right at it
    and I do not know how he did that.
  178. See, it's one dollar, it's four quarters.
    Get it?
  179. Yeah, it's four quarters, I get it.
    Awesome!
  180. He didn't like the joke.
    Or the trick.
  181. Was he [?] ?
    - Yeah.
    - That's probably why.
  182. So the best thing I could do was
    to fold it back up.
  183. Give it another squeeze.
  184. And return it the way he found it so he
    could get his change somewhere else.
  185. (laughing) Chris that was awesome,
    thanks a million for joining us
  186. here at the USA Science and Engineering
    Festival and I hope people will come by and
  187. learn more about the science
    behind the illusion.
  188. I hope so, too. We're happy to see ya. Thanks.
    - Thanks a lot.
  189. So now, let's meet Jason Osbourne and
    Aaron Alfred of Helioquest.
  190. Jason and Aaron, you're joining us actually-
    don't be scared, I won't bite you.
  191. You're joining us at the Scientific American
    booth, which is at 13:11
  192. And tell us what you're doing
    with the kids
  193. You've already been [?] that you're
    doing awesome things, so let's see.
  194. Awesome. We have a lot of hands-on for
    kids in the Scientific American booth.
  195. We have 'Shark Finder', which is a
    hands-on science project,
  196. where kids can actually find and discover
    new occurrences or even possibly
  197. new species of sharks.
  198. Absolutely. We're really excited about that.
    We also have about a quarter of a ton
  199. of fossils that we give away to folks
    that come by and ask really good questions.
  200. And these fossils are just like this.
    - Can I have a hold on to one of these?
  201. Oh, absolutely.
    - Look at this. It's a little heavy.
  202. What is this [?]
  203. So this is a vertebral whale.
    A small whale. And we're giving
  204. hundreds and hundreds of pounds of
    fossils away to kids.
  205. You mean I could get a whale?
    - Absolutely.
  206. Actually you could just keep that one
    for yourself.
  207. (laughing) That's cool.
  208. And then we have hands-on for kids
    as well. - What is that?