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Children learn about the visual system at the 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival
Children learn about the visual system at the 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival

Join the National Eye Institute (NEI) at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest celebration of STEM in the nation! The festival will be held on April 15-17, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. This will be the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival—a fun, entertaining, educational and FREE event.

More than Meets the Eye

The NEI booth will explore how the brain and eyes work together to help us see. Visitors to the booth will learn the anatomy of the eyes using a 3D model, and can experience how people with the most common eye diseases see by using simulator cards. NEI staff will guide visitors through optical illusions, and games that trick the eyes, as a fun way of explaining how the brain processes visual information like depth, color, and motion. Another game that has been a big hit in the past involves throwing a ball into a hole while wearing goggles and shows how quickly the brain compensates for vision loss. This year, we will have a computer monitor to debut the new NEI kids website. Visitors can tour the site and institute staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Learn more about what all the National Institutes of Health activities at dpcpsi.nih.gov/SciFest/.

You can also find out all the details at www.usasciencefestival.org.

Last Reviewed: 
February 2016