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Huge Science and Engineering Festival Returns to New Jersey

Free Fun Festival Aims to Encourage Youth's Interest in Science, Engineering and Technology

CLIFTON, N.J., Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The FREE New Jersey Science and Engineering Festival returns to Clifton, NJ this October 13 & 14, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Clifton High School Complex, 333 Colfax Ave. Clifton, NJ, with Dinosaurs, Robots, Formulae Race Cars, Live Reptile and Birds of Prey Shows, Flying Model Aircraft, Military Exhibits, University and Private Industry Science Exhibits and Shows, Museum and Science Center Exhibits and Demonstrations, a Planetarium, Solar Telescopes, and much more for kids of all ages as well as adults. Please help get the word out so kids can experience this great event!

This year's festival is expected to draw 20,000 people over the course of the weekend from all over the New Jersey/New York Metropolitan area. Admission and parking are free. Full details as well as the schedule of events and shows can be found at www.njsciencefestival.org

A satellite event of the USA Science and Engineering Festival that is held in Washington DC, the New Jersey event is designed to be a fun, entertaining, and educational experience, and features hands-on-activities for students of all ages, along with great exhibits and presentations from major universities such as Princeton, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers, Columbia, and many more. Exhibits from private hi-tech and pharmaceutical companies, societies, and major science museums like Liberty Science Center, Info-Age, and Museum of Interesting things will also be there.

RoboFest 2012 will feature a huge collection of FIRST Robotics teams, industrial, and military robots, a live robotics competition that will allow students to drive and control robots themselves, and interactive exhibits that children can touch, including LEGO build tables and a fossil dig. Graduate-level lectures are also planned, discussing advanced scientific and engineering topics.

"The USA needs to get more young people interested in science, engineering and technology, in order to develop new industries that will enable our country to continue to function and grow," said Mike Paitchell, executive director of the New Jersey Science and Engineering Festival. "Children today don't have much exposure to these fields, and it is my hope that this event will help stimulate their interest and show them that science and engineering can be fun."

The festival is funded by corporate and private donations.

SOURCE New Jersey Applied Science and Technology Council