3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival www.usasciencefestival.org/

Festival Schedule

Sneak Peek for schools and media:
Friday, April 25, 2014: Expo 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Expo open to the general public:
Saturday, April 26, 2014: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, April 27, 2012: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM


Booth #3927 in Hall C   MAP
Walter E. Washington Convention Center (www.dcconvention.com)
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001


Jennifer Collins:  703-731-9083

Booth Schedule



Please wear jeans or khaki pants and an IODP, SOR, or plain white Tshirt. We will be loaning our denim long sleeved IODP shirts to wear over your Tshirts while you are at the booth. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes! Please note, we will have limited space to store personal items.

Food and Drink

Bring a water bottle – you will be doing a lot of talking! We will have a couple of snacks stashed away at the booth, but feel free to bring your own.  There will be lots of opportunities to buy food at the convention center, or in surrounding areas.

Ocean Leadership Booth – Ocean Explorations – Dive In!

Robots in the ocean?  Fossils below the ocean floor?  Giant ships with cool technology?  What more could you ask for!  Come get your hands on some exciting ocean exploration tools and put your mind to the test as you unravel some of the ocean's exciting mysteries.  Talk with scientists and engineers to learn how you can take part in revolutionary science that is helping us understand our planet's present, past, and future.

IODP Booth Objectives

IODP has 20ft of the 30ft Ocean Leadership booth.  For our portion, we are focusing on Uncover Earth’s history through ocean cores – What’s the Evidence? Through your enthusiasm and expertise, we hope that visitors will walk away with:

Having had a fun and exploratory experience that generates questions;

  • A raised awareness that deep sea sediments play a role in understanding our Earth’s history;
  • An excitement about the science that is being conducted by IODP;
  • A desire to know more about ocean science;
  • A knowledge that they can get involved and learn more through www.joidesresolution.org

Primary Activity: Core retrieval

When visitors approach the area, kids will get a model JR ship and the adults will get an “Instant Expert” card. Visitors use model JR ships to extract “mini cores” from a mock ocean then proceed to the corresponding core station. The adults can get a quick understanding of deep sea sediments.

Secondary Activity: Core investigation

Visitors move to the appropriate station based on the core retrieved. At each station is a very simple activity related to the event their core represents. The activities are centered around the questions “What’s the evidence?” 

Giant meteorite wreaks havoc on Earth! Mass extinction follows! (K/Pg core)

Visitors first match pictures of the layer contents (See cards) to the correct layer of a laminated picture of the core, then match pictures of the correct terrestrial event (See sample cards) correlated with each layer.  Their final step is to place an arrow (See arrows for all stations) on the core to indicate the evidence of the impact event.

Station Directions

Core Background Information

Additional Background



Colossal floods carry plants from 700 miles inland! (Saanich Inlet)

Visitors sort objects that come from land vs come from the ocean, then look at core images with magnified samples of each layer.  They conclude by placing an arrow (See arrows for all stations) on a laminated version of the core to indicate evidence of the flood event.

Station Directions

Event Background Information




Dramatic global change – ocean life dissolves! (PETM core)

Visitors measure the pH of an ocean just prior to 55 million years ago and just after 55 million years ago and observe the conditions of shells from each of those time periods. They place an arrow (See arrows for all stations) on a laminated version of the core to indicate the evidence that a dramatic change took place.

Station Directions

PETM in Review



Third Activity: Meet the experts

Visitors interact with our scientists and facilitators at a table with touchable items such as drill bit pieces, core models, sampling supplies.  The facilitators answer questions about what the visitors are interested in knowing.

Give Aways

  • Instant Expert Cards
  • Cretaceous Impact Pencils
  • Expedition Cards
  • JR Tattoos