The 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival!

This past weekend we had the wonderful opportunity to host a booth at the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival. This was our second time participating in this huge biannual event — with over 1,000 STEM organizations — and we all had a great time. We estimate that we engaged in one-on-one contact with at least 1,500 – 2,000 visitors of all ages at our Environmental Nanotechnology booth! In total, the festival probably had over 300,000 visitors.

In our booth, we used hands-on activities to demonstrate some concepts of nanoscience and to show that nanotechnology is used in our everyday lives. The booth was a collaboration between four different Environmental Nanotechnology Organizations:

See more photos from this even in this Facebook album.

Finally, we would like to say a huge thanks to our amazing volunteers, who dedicated hours at our booth talking to visitors and teaching them about nanotechnology:

  • Hossein Abtahi, PhD student at Virginia Tech
  • Temi Adegboye, Graduate Student at Howard University
  • Taylor Bradley, Undergraduate Student at Howard University
  • Deondre Glover, Undergraduate Student at Howard University
  • Cara Herwig, Undergraduate Student at Virginia Tech
  • Andrew Pfaff, Undergraduate Student at Virginia Tech
  • Mohan Qin, PhD student at Virginia Tech
  • Marina Vance, VTSuN associate director
  • Haoran Wei, PhD student at Virginia Tech



About the Author:  Dr. Marina Vance is the associate director for VTSuN: Virginia Tech’s Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology and a research scientist of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) at Virginia Tech. She is also the deputy director of NCE2NI: The Virginia Tech National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure.
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