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ANSI Highlights the Importance of Standards in Daily Life at 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo


An Estimated 320,000 Students, Teachers, and Parents Attended the Washington, DC, Event

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently took part in the 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival, a national event designed to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and energize the next generation of scientists and engineers. The Festival's free USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo was held April 25-27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, and was visited by an estimated 320,000 people, significantly surpassing expectations.

ANSI participated in the expo through the support of the ANSI Committee on Education (CoE)/U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Communications and Continuing Education Committee Joint Task Force on Emerging Professionals. The USNC is a totally integrated committee of ANSI.

ANSI presented a display - "Standards are everywhere!" - as part of the expo, which also featured more than 3,000 other activities and 100 onstage performances intended to help get students of all ages informed and excited about the science and engineering fields. ANSI made use of engaging graphics and hands-on toy displays to demonstrate the universality and importance of voluntary consensus standards to students, parents, teachers, and other festival attendees. The Institute is especially grateful to The LEGO Group for their generous donation of the LEGO bricks used in the display.

During the event, ANSI staff members and representatives of the ANSI Federation oversaw the exhibit, answering questions about standards, ANSI's role in the greater standards and conformance community, and other related topics. The exhibit, which was particularly popular with middle school and high school students, featured toy scenes showcasing technologies and activities in day-to-day life that depend on standards, as well as an area where students could build their own objects and structures. Illustrative signs and hand-outs pointed out precisely where standards can be found in the familiar scenes, and provided user-friendly explanations of standardization and ANSI's activities.

More details on ANSI's presentation and the educational resources created for the event are available for free download at Additional photos of ANSI's exhibit are available online.

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Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

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