USA Science and Engineering Expo, National Mall, Washington, DC, October 23-24, 2010

A group of University of Florida students and I attended the USA Science and Engineering Expo held on the national mall in Washington, DC on October 23-24, 2010. Our booth showcased programs in the Department of Astronomy and the College of Engineering (CoE). We displayed a model of the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), the world's largest optical telescope, to which the University of Florida has guaranteed access. We engaged the public in building Galileoscopes and showed them models of the small-satellites that researchers in the CoE are designing. Here are some photos of the event. More photos of the entire Expo can be found here.

Engineering graduate student Katie Cason showing a replica of one of small satellites.

Astronomy undergraduate Stefan O'Dougherty building a Galileoscope with one of the many visitors to our booth.

Assembling a Galileoscope kit was a popular activity at our booth.

The line of people waiting to build Galileoscopes was quite impressive during the expo.

The focus of the booth from the Astronomy side was the Gran TelescopioCanarias - a model of the world's largest optical telescope.

A group picture of the team just before the expo opened on Saturday morning.

News story on WCJB TV 20 before we embarked on our trip.

News story on WCJB TV 20 after we returned from our trip.

We would like to thank the University of Florida Provosts Office, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Florida Space Grant Consortium for their financial support and encouragement. Professors Eric Ford and Vicki Sarajedini in the Department of Astronomy were instrumental in helping to design and implement the booth.