C’mon, America. You think we can just get by on Lindsay Lohan sightings and trending topics on Twitter? Back in the day — the “Mad Men” day, if we must — real Americans were shamed when people in other countries beat them in something intellectual. Sputnik went up and the people in charge decided our country’s IQ needed a major goosing. That was the day of the science fair, the Space Race and nerdy guys with pocket protectors.
Well, some smart people have decided that it’s Sputnik time again. “The USA has a crisis brewing,” say the organizers of the NJ Science and Engineering Festival, which will try to make science, technology and engineering alluring to a whole new generation with a two-day science fair this weekend. The fair is split between two locations — Clifton High School and the Caldwell Airport — where a variety of coolness will be on display. Shuttles will connect the two venues.
Check out the website to see all the attractions, which range from robotics to reptiles. The global microscope (pictured at top) will be on display both days at the airport and it looks and sounds pretty cool.
If you can’t be an astronaut, the Global Microscope might just be the next best thing! This five-foot-diameter globe, sitting at the heart of the Jennifer A. Chalsty Center for Science Learning and Teaching, displays a spectacular view of our planet in motion.
At the airport, the U.S. Coast Card plans a fly-in and experimental aircraft will be on display.
The fair goes both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Clifton High School, 333 Colfax Ave., Clifton. The Airport is at 35 Wright Way in Caldwell.