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Military Invention Day
May 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pmFree
GPS systems, rear-facing vehicle cameras with sensors, the internet and duct tape are just some of the technologies we use almost daily in civilian life, but they were each first invented for military use. The third annual Military Invention Day, presented by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at the National Museum of American History May 18, will bring visitors up close to the latest technologies the United States military is developing and may one day be used in everyday life.
The day-long Military Invention Day program will showcase 33 displays from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, DARPA, Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration and MIT Lincoln Lab alongside objects out of storage from the museum’s collection to provide historical context. Stage programs throughout the day include keynote remarks from Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations for the United States Navy, a family-friendly STEM Demonstration by the “Science Squad,” an interactive quiz show, and a “Shark Tank” like program where military technology entrepreneurs will pitch and receive feedback from technology experts and venture capital funders.