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08/05/2002

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Christine Broda-Bahm (202) 633-9156
Valeska Hilbig (202) 357-3129
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Smithsonian Celebrates Play and Technology with MindFest: A Festival of Playful Invention and Exploration

Science, invention, exploration, and creativity combine with the latest technology to create a day that features unusual, fantastic digital fun. The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation invites families to enjoy a day of free invention and play related activities on Saturday, August 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities are scheduled throughout the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.

"MindFest" brings together educators, kids, hobbyists, artists, and researchers to celebrate the creativity unleashed by new technologies and encourage the creative use of digital technology. Visitors to "MindFest" will be able to combine traditional craft materials with "crickets," tiny, pocket-sized computers from MIT's Media Lab, that can control motors and receive information to create extraordinary playthings and use HyperScore, a new software designed to introduce children to musical composition in a creative and intuitive manner. MindFest is one of the many public programs accompanying "Invention at Play," an exhibition exploring the playful side of invention and the inventive side of play, at the National Museum of American History through December 29, 2002.

Organized by the Lemelson Center, MIT's Media Lab, and the Playful Invention and Exploration Museum (PIE) Network to integrate science, art, and engineering in playful experiences, "MindFest" offers families an opportunity to meet inventors and artists, play with the latest in digital technology and immerse themselves in the creative possibilities of digital music, photography, and art.

       

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The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center is dedicated to exploring invention in history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people. The Center is supported by The Lemelson Foundation, a private philanthropy established by one of the country's most prolific inventors, Jerome Lemelson, and his family. The Lemelson Center is located in the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. The nearest Metro stations are Federal Triangle and Smithsonian on the Orange/Blue lines. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except on Dec. 25. Admission is free.
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