North Carolina State University has participated in a yearlong process with the Atlantic Coast Conference, partner ACC universities and the Smithsonian Institution to create the first “ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival.”
Presented by Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the ACCelerate Festival is a three-day celebration of creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts and design. Visitors will interact with leading innovators from ACC universities and engage with new interdisciplinary technologies that draw upon art, science and humanities to address global challenges.
Held at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 13-15, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, the event is programmed by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the museum’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
The event is free and showcases the 15 universities of the ACC in an opportunity for the schools to display their work to each other, and more importantly, to the public. NC State will showcase five exhibits or performances at the festival:
- Insect biobots for search and rescue after natural disasters
- The virtual Martin Luther King (VLMK) project
- Mapping the Mahjar
- A fashionable response to mosquito protection
- Agua Furiosa/Dancing Chemical Reactions
In addition to the 47 featured interactive installations, the festival will include panel discussions and performances throughout the three days.
The festival will be featured on all three public floors in the west wing of the National Museum of American History, located on Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets, NW, along the National Mall. There will be 47 interactive installations from across the 15 ACC schools around six thematic areas: civic engagement; arts and technology; sustainability and environment; biomimetics; health and body; and making and advanced manufacturing.
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