What does candy have to do with vaccines? In one of more than 3,000 hands-on science activities at the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) made the science of the immune system accessible using cardboard antibodies and candy-shaped antigens. The activity complemented FASEB’s Breakthroughs in Bioscience article, “Vaccines: Essential Weapons in the Fight Against Disease.”
An estimated 365,000 people attended the Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC from April 15–17, making it the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the United States. The Festival promoted STEM education and encouraged the next generation of scientists and engineers. During the three-day event, nearly 1,000 visitors stopped by FASEB’s booth to learn more about immunity and how vaccines work.
FASEB’s Breakthroughs in Bioscience is a collection of illustrated articles that highlight recent developments in basic biomedical research and explain how they impact medicine and human health. Other articles in this series have explored the human microbiome, precision medicine, and natural products for cancer and pain. Printed copies of the articles are available at no cost for educational or advocacy purposes and can be requested by visiting the Breakthroughs in Bioscience website or by contacting FASEB’s Office of Public Affairs at 301-634-7650.