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The U.S. Department of State had seriously cool representation at the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival with diplomatic tech like armored cars, biometric authentication and counterfeit testing experiments. One program highlighted by the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement – the part of the U.S. Government that helps other countries destroy excess conventional weapons in their military stockpiles – came from U.S. non-profit design lab located in the Kingdom of Cambodia. The Golden West Humanitarian Foundation exhibit provided Festival attendees with the opportunity to get hands-on with the next generation of training materials designed for educating humanitarian Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians!

Cambodia Science Festial Representing Golden West was Allen Tan, the Founder/Director of the GW Design Lab and advocate for STEM educational development in Cambodia. Allen, whose father was born in Cambodia, had worked for a U.S. based non-profit in Cambodia for four years and had experienced firsthand the limitations of Cambodian human resources in the STEM professions. Upon experiencing the effectiveness of the USA Science & Engineering Festival format, he became inspired to try and build something similar in Cambodia.

Flash forward to December, 2014 and the planning for the 1st Cambodian Science & Engineering Festival (CSEF) is in full swing thanks in large part to the mentorship and inspiration from USA Science & Engineering Festival founder, Larry Bock; the first official CSEF Advisory Board member! CSEF has been recognized by the government of Cambodia as the first national-level STEM event and has been scheduled for 12-14 March (2015). CSEF is currently seeking international exhibitors and sponsors to be a part of Cambodian history! To learn more, please visit www.cambodiascience.org or email info@cambodiascience.org.

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