The University of Florida’s departments of astronomy, and mechanical and aerospace engineering will participate in the inaugural USA Science and Engineering Expo at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with the “Gators in Space” booth.

Above: The University of Florida’s departments of astronomy, and mechanical and aerospace engineering will participate in the inaugural USA Science and Engineering Expo at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with the “Gators in Space” booth.

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UF Astronomers, Engineers to offer Activities in Expo at National Mall

The University of Florida’s departments of astronomy, and mechanical and aerospace engineering, are combining disciplines to participate in the inaugural USA Science and Engineering Expo at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

UF’s “Gators in Space” booth will provide interactive activities to demonstrate how astronomy and engineering are fused together to shape a new generation of miniature space technologies.

Through UF’s participation, the public will be able to build working telescopes and experience the thrill of a gyro-chair. These activities will demonstrate the university’s involvement in the 10.4 meter Gran Telescopio Canarias, the world’s largest telescope; and a new initiative in the area of small satellites to provide cost-effective and timely solutions to space utilization and commercialization. Additionally, small satellites, particularly CubeSats, inherently have the capability to provide science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, experiences for K-20 students.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to showcase some of the cutting-edge science and engineering that researchers at UF are working on,” says Ata Sarajedini, associate chairman of the department of astronomy, who is leading the UF contingent to the expo.

UF will be one of 400 exhibitors at the expo, which is a part of the USA Science and Engineering Festival from Oct. 10 to 24.

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Karen Sullivan

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Ata Sarajedini, asarajed@ufl.edu, 352-392-2052 ext. 238

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BLGphoto, Flickr

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