CIA Participates in the USA Science & Engineering Festival
Technology has become an integral part of modern life and is critical to CIA’s ability to achieve its mission. For CIA to continue to succeed, we depend upon scientists and engineers to develop innovative and imaginative solutions to the daunting challenges we face. As part of the Agency’s ongoing efforts to promote the importance of technology and encourage young students to pursue studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), CIA teamed up with more than 3,000 other exhibitors and participated in the USA Science and Engineering Festival in April at the Washington Convention Center.
CIA was well represented with officers from across the Agency. CIA representatives provided demonstrations; answered questions about the Agency and how science and engineering are used at CIA, and handed out some of the most coveted items at the show – CIA pencils, Agent 6 ½ badges and lanyards, as well as buttons and CIA bags. It was impossible to look around the massive exhibit hall, ride the nearby Metro lines, or visit the local restaurants near the Convention Center and not see CIA bags everywhere. The most popular feature at the Agency’s exhibit booth was a R2D2 robot with enthusiastic future scientists and engineers taking turns at the controls.
In addition to the exhibit booth, CIA also hosted a “Meet the Scientists and Engineers” session with 15 of our engineers and researchers. This activity gave the festival attendees the chance to meet and interview real life role models who work with STEM in an informal setting.
The USA Science and Engineering Festival featured Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” National Geographic TV’s Brain Games star Apollo Robbins, and the popular musical group They Might Be Giants, among the many celebrities who participated and performed at the festival. The festival organizers estimate that more than 325,000 people attended the event.