Advisory: Lemelson Center’s Military Invention Day Will Feature Inventions for the Armed Forces, Innovations for Society

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Laura Havel   
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Valeska Hilbig  
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Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, in collaboration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will host Military Invention Day.


Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 10:00am


Saturday, May 20
10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.


National Museum of American History, first-floor west wing
Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.

Military Invention Day is a daylong celebration of the crucial role of invention for the United States. It explores the changing relationship between military research and commerce and gives visitors the opportunity to envision how advances in military technology will affect their daily lives in the future.

Over 25 examples of leading-edge technologies developed for or adapted from the armed forces will be featured. Visitors can interact with exhibitors from the armed forces and associated technology firms and try hands-on invention challenges. Throughout the day, there will be panel discussions with soldiers drawing upon frontline experiences as inventors and with scientists and engineers who will explore the military’s technology strategy and describe future civilian uses for leading innovations.

Alongside the latest technologies and immersive experiences, the event will showcase historical inventions from the museum’s military collections.

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