Student Outreach Updates

ASNT Brings NDT to Over 350,000 at 4th U.S. STEM Festival

ASNT, which served as a partner for the 4th United States Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. on 15-17 April 2016, presented hands-on demonstrations in its show-floor booth, as well as providing career information in the event’s career pavilion. 

ASNT staff and volunteers demonstrated four NDT methods, including magnetic particle, ultrasonics, infrared thermography, and leak detection with hands-on activities enjoyed by all ages. Thanks go to volunteers Terry Clausing (Drysdale & Associates Inc), Dan Kerr (Retired), Erik Lombardo (Siemens), Michael McGloin (NDT Enterprises), and William Via (Virginia DOT) for dedicating their time and efforts to sharing NDT with the next generation.

The event was well attended and reached audiences well beyond its physical location. Based on estimated numbers from the Convention Center, approximately 365,000 people participated over the 4 days (including X-STEM)! Sneak Peek Friday alone included more than 60,000 students, teachers, military families, government officials and press. Saturday and Sunday brought in roughly 150,000 people each dayThe event’s hashtag #SciFest had over 125 million impressions during the week of the Festival.

This partnership and participation fits into ASNTs larger goals to develop outreach to younger students as well as those making the transition from High School to college or trade school.