It’s going on this weekend, and if you’re anywhere near the Washington, D.C. area, you ought to plan to spend some time at the 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival!

Cool flight sims are just one of the many, many hands-on exhibits featured at the USA Science & Engineering Festival!

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is like a huge magnet, attracting the sharpest engineers and scientists, as well as young people who are eagerly interested in science and possibly working in STEM-related industries.

Attendees come from all over the country, and more than 350K visitors are anticipated for this year’s show (the fourth annual event), which is billed as the “largest and only national science festival.”

A team from Digital Media Academy will be attending and conducting cool tech demos for the visitors we meet at the festival. Come by and see us at Booth #6230!


This year’s festival will feature more than 3,000 organizations. Subjects encompassed by the show include space exploration, nano-technology, oceanography, biomedical sciences and chemical engineering.

Exhibits will include flight simulators, surgical robots and VR environments, and lots of other cool stuff! An impressive bunch of companies and federal agencies will be attending this year’s show, including Lockheed Martin, NASA, 3M, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

You’ll also find an X-STEM symposium where you can hear from and interact with some 60 STEM mentors/speakers from a variety of fields.

The festival always draws impressive mentors/speakers for its X-STEM symposium, like U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.


And we’ll be there, too! Our dynamite DMA team – including Shane White, Rachelle Harding, Malcolm Coleman and Gregory Mladucky – will be meeting attendees and conducting cool hands-on demos related to Maya game design, 3D printing and product design and Java programming.

We’ll also be showcasing virtual reality at the show, and will have an Oculus Rift demo for attendees to check out.


The team from DMA will be located at Booth #6230 in the STEAM/Social Sciences section of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The street address is 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW.

The center is located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place in scenic and historic downtown Washington – right across from the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.

Parking may be problematic, so you might want to scope out parking areas ahead of time. (Or if you want to take Washington’s convenient Metro system, the closest Metro stop near the event is “Mt. Vernon Sq./7th St. – Convention Center.”)

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is going on this weekend. The hours for Saturday, April 16 are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday’s show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The DMA team will also be participating in a special Friday sneak peek (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for local high school students, teachers and government workers.

Come see the future of gaming – VR – demoed at DMA’s booth (#6320)!

While the USA Science & Engineering Festival will accept donations to help support its cause, the actual event this weekend is absolutely free, showing another reason why this is an excellent event for the whole family to attend.

Find out more about the USA Science & Engineering Festival! And we’ll see you there this weekend!