The 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival Featuring Razor

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

DISCLOSURE: We attended the USA Science & Engineering Festival as a guest of Razor. In exchange for a review and promotion, we will receive a free Razor scooter. All opinions are my own.

My kids love their scooters. My one daughter rides her scooter to and from school whenever she can. Some of the kids call her "Scooter Girl." My older kids each have a Razor Scooter and they love riding them around whenever it's warm outside.

The boys and their Razor scooters
Recently, we received an invitation from Razor to check out the USA Science & Engineering Festival, which took place this past weekend in Washington, DC. We jumped at the opportunity to learn more about Razor scooters and to attend the Science Festival. My husband and I are big science geeks. He teaches a college anatomy and physiology course and I work full time as an optometrist.

USA Science & Engineering Festival

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is the nation's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This free annual event aims to increase public awareness of the importance of STEM. The festival brings together government agencies, corporations, non-profit organizations and colleges and universities to offer over 3,000 hands-on exhibits, 30 stages shows and more.

This was our first time hearing about this event, but we were all excited to see what we'd find there. It was a pretty easy drive to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC. We reserved our parking ahead of time and parked at a garage at Gallery Place by the Capital One Area, which was a short walk away from the convention center.

The event occupied the entire convention center. We decided to start upstairs and visit Razor first.

They were showcasing their new Turbo Jetts. These give your ordinary sneakers a electric-powered boost. They proved to be pretty popular with anyone who walked by the booth.

They looked easy and fun to use! Simply step into the frame, strap them on, press down on your heel to engage the motor and start skating!

We also had a chance to check out the Razor Hoverboards. While they weren't allowing anyone to ride them for liability purposes, they did allow people to place a foot on a hoverboard to see how sensitive they were.

Even my husband gave it a go and he was surprised by how sensitive it was. You really don't need to use any big motions with the hoverboard.

After checking out the Razor booth, we set out to explore the rest of the expo. Though, with four kids of varying ages with different interests, it was hard to see everything that we wanted to.

The younger kids had fun playing at the NumbersAlive! booth with the fun math games.

All the kids liked seeing the bed of nails and the smoke rings at the Everyday Physics booth.

Next, we caught the last half of the "Hands-on, High-Energy Science" show by Steve Spangler, TV host of "DIY Sci." The kids enjoyed it.

NASA had a huge booth with so many fun activities, but my kids didn't really want to do any of them. They aren't big on crowds or interacting with other people.

After walking through the booths upstairs, we went downstairs. We only managed to get through maybe a quarter of the booths downstairs, before the kids started getting really hungry and tired of all the walking around.

They did have fun playing with the ZYX Sticks in the Kids area of the expo.

Overall, we all had fun. I think when we attend again next year, we will pack more snacks and a lunch to eat. We'll also look at the list of exhibitors beforehand and see which booths we want to make sure we stop at before we go. There was a lot of booths that I didn't get a chance to see and I couldn't convince the family go back the next day.

A big thank you to Razor for inviting us out to attend! It will definitely be something we will attend next year!

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