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Noisy Planet Spreads the Word about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss at the 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival
The Noisy Planet team greets visitors with
hands-on demonstrations that teach how we
hear, how sounds can damage our hearing,
and why we should protect our hearing.
The NIDCD’s Noisy Planet campaign brought engaging information and fun educational activities to the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF), April 25-27 in Washington D.C. The biannual festival is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Noisy Planet was one of 18 booths sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The event featured more than 3,000 hands on activities for children and their parents, as well as 50 stage shows.
Exhibitors, performers, speakers, partners, sponsors, and advisors represented major academic centers, leading research institutes, government agencies, cutting-edge high tech companies, museums, and community organizations among many others. The Noisy Planet team educated more than 6,000 attendees with its Q&A wheel and other activities to spread awareness of noise-induced hearing loss—the only kind of hearing loss that is completely preventable.
In support of the USASEF, the U.S. Senate passed Resolution 329 designating the last week of April 2014 as "National Science Week."