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ANSI Helps Students Recognize the Power of Standards at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

ANSI’s Interactive Exhibit, Passport Initiative Boost Participation and Community Collaboration


Students of all ages had a firsthand look at standards in action at the recent USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., where members of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) along with partner organizations presented an interactive exhibit to show why standardization is a necessary component in daily relatable activities, including sports, games, electronics, and even everyday school supplies.

The festival, the largest STEM education event of its kind in the United States, had over 365,000 attendees over the course of the event this year. The biennial event is organized to increase awareness about science, technology, and math through hands-on science and engineering activities presented by participating organizations, which is crucial as U.S. businesses are struggling to find talent to fill STEM-related jobs.

ANSI—a second time exhibitor—presented the theme “Standards Are Everywhere,” which featured an interactive basketball game that prompted students to shoot hoops and see how standardization impacts a game. Attendees saw firsthand how a standard ball does not fit through a basketball rim that is not standard size, for example.

In a new incentive to boost community collaboration this year, ANSI and seven participating ANSI member organizations created the "U.S. Standardization System Passport" activity, which encouraged attendees to collect stamps by visiting each of the eight organizations' festival booths. Over 260 students who presented “completed” passports won a $10 Target gift card for their efforts. Participating ANSI member organizations included:

Other giveaways included crayons displaying conformance to the ASTM D4236 standard for safe art supplies donated by ASTM International, an ANSI member and audited designator, as well as notebooks, flyers, and posters created by ANSI. ANSI developed its theme and materials through the support of its Committee on Education (CoE) and the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

ANSI regularly contributes to such educational efforts to foster the next generation of professionals, as standards are closely tied to STEM careers. Please visit for additional ongoing educational initiatives.

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