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Geekery on the Mall

The first USA Science & Engineering Festival kicks off tomorrow in Washington, DC, with a mission to "re-invigorate the interest of our nation's youth in science, technology, engineering, and math" with this two-day event, according to the festival Web site. NIH will have a "mammoth exhibit at National Mall" and events at Freedom Plaza. Its exhibits will include "DNA Bracelets and The Genetic Challenge," "Attack of the S. mutans 3-D game," and "Are You Smarter than a Rat?" Lockheed Martin, which is hosting the festival, will have a booth on DNA fingerprinting while Agilent has one for kids to play CSI detective. The National Science Foundation and various universities will also have spots on the Mall. In addition to the booths, there will be events — including NIH Director Francis Collins on his guitar.

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