An Eye on Agilent Test & Measurement

November 1, 2010

Agilent Ignites Interest in Science at Washington, D.C. Festival

Filed under: Agilent After School — janetsmithagilent @ 8:31 pm

Agilent joined more than 500 leading science and engineering organizations at the Inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., Oct. 23–24, to ignite the interest of youth in the sciences. More than 1,500 students stopped by Agilent’s booth on the National Mall to conduct hands-on experiments using Agilent After School science kits.

At Agilent’s exhibit, young students played the role of crime scene investigators, solving a “Who Wrote the Ransom Note” mystery using paper chromatography. In another activity, older students played environmental engineers investigating different materials to contain and clean up a simulated oil spill using olive oil.

“Many students waited patiently in line twice so they could do both experiments,” said Jim Hollenhorst, festival volunteer and senior director of Intellectual Property strategy for Agilent Labs. “They told us they think science is fun and they want to be scientists or engineers when they grow up.”

Agilent’s Americas Field Marketing Center at the Little Falls site in Wilmington, Del., organized the exhibit and staffed it with 25 volunteers. The Stratagene team supported planning by sharing their successful experience from two years at the San Diego Science Festival. The Agilent Technologies Foundation provided support funding to the festival.

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