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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly the F-35? Or how cold it is in Antarctica? What is the next big thing in batteries? Can medicine be personalized for every individual?

Find out the answers to all of these questions and more at the USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, April 26-27, 2014.

AntarcticaAs the founding and presenting sponsor of the Festival, Lockheed Martin will present fun, interactive, hands-on activities in six different innovation themes: advanced aeronautics, scientific discovery, energy, robotics, nanotechnology, and cyber world (data analytics). Here are just a few highlights:

Take a "trip" to Antarctica! Try on cold weather gear and learn what it is like to live and work in the coldest place on Earth. Lockheed Martin representatives will share stories about living in the coldest place on Earth and will share more about the research taking place in Antarctica. Plus, take a moment to stop by the Antarctica photo booth and you may be able to take a photo with a penguin character!

• Lockheed Martin will feature KMel Robotics, a company that created a team of precision-controlled, intricately coordinated flying vehicles that will play a variety of off-the-shelf and home-made instruments in a medley of classics. Be prepared to be amazed as you watch these flying robots become musicians.

F-35 small copy Nanotechnologists made a lab coat that can repel water from its surface. Don't believe it? With a technologist wearing the lab coat, you can test out this very scientific phenomena with super soakers! What is superhydrophobicity? In nature, the lotus flower is an example of a plant commonly found in the wild that has a very unique superhydrophobic surface—a surface naturally engineered to repel water.

Students play video games all the time but do they know how the systems work and their potential impact beyond gaming? Learn how structured light, lasers, and optics are used to capture motion and track movements for video games and robotics research.

• Pilot a blimp through a challenging course to rescue a stranded team member. While you're there, learn about all the different ways there are to control robots. Booth experts will explain why this is state-of-the-art in current robotic controls, and explain the differences between teleoperation, partial autonomy and full autonomy.

Combining motion tracking, simulation, and virtual reality technologies, the Human Immersive Lab allows people to "do the work" ahead of time and prepare for the unexpected. This unique collaborative solution for exploring and solving problems is a fast learning tool that allows users to optimize processes and significantly reduces maintenance costs before they happen. Try on this amazing gear and "do the work" on the F-35.

 

Remember, as you go through the various Lockheed Martin demonstrations, talk to the amazing STEM professionals that make innovation happen every day.

The Festival will excite the imagination and change your mind about the way STEM impacts our society, from smart energy to space exploration and more.

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