SIAM was part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo and Book Fair, the nation’s largest celebration of science and engineering, which took place April 28—29, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by Lockheed Martin.
The SIAM booth featured Math Alive!, an exhibit designed to help attendees experience living mathematics. Visitors were able to explore the concept of surface tension through simple hands-on experiments with water, dish soap, pepper, paper and paper clips. They were encouraged to make connections between the mathematical concepts of slope, derivative and gradient with the unfolding experiments. Students also enjoyed a collection of mechanical toys illustrating mathematical theorems in practical ways.
You can view more photos from the SIAM booth here.
The goal of the festival, the country’s only national science festival, is to highlight the practical applications of science and math and the many exciting career opportunities available in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It was developed to increase public awareness of the importance of science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and engineering by celebrating science in much the same way as we celebrate Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and pop stars.