Free and open to the public!
Join more than 100,000 people in the nation’s largest celebration of science! AAAS is pleased to be a founding partner of the second USA Science & Engineering Festival taking place in Washington, D.C. More than 3,000 interactive exhibits and more than 100 stage shows will be held at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center for the festival expo.
Bring the whole family to this fun and free event! The festival has something for everyone, so come prepared for a weekend of cool, interactive science. While there, you and your family will be able to explore and discover science, learn about cool science jobs, and talk with scientists and engineers.
Be sure to check out AAAS activities at the festival:
The Science of Our Senses
Visit AAAS at booth 1345, Exhibit Hall B on Saturday and Sunday to see how much you know about you! Test your sense of sight, smell, hearing, and taste and touch with a variety of fun games and activities for the entire family.
Meet the Scientists!
Come stimulate your senses at the AAAS stage (adjacent to AAAS booth 1345) and talk with researchers who study how we see, hear, touch, smell and taste. Ask your questions about how humans and animals experience the world and what it’s like to be a scientist. View the Meet the Scientists! schedule below.
All Festival Expo events will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, across the street from the Mt. Vernon Square/7th St- Convention Center Metro station.
Expo Hours: Saturday, April 28, 10am-6pm Sunday, April 29, 10am-4pm
Looking Homeward Toward Earth: The Power of Perspective Waleed Abdalati, Chief Scientist, NASA
How Babies Make Sense of Sound Rochelle Newman, Associate Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland
Why Something Stinks for You, But Not for Me Charles J. Wysocki, Behavioral Neuroscientist, Monell Chemical Senses Center
The Coffee Gripper: Engineering a New Robot Hand Using Granular Materials Hod Lipson, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
Noses, Tongues, and Intestines: Making Sense of the Food We Eat Steven Munger, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Touching Reality: Using the Sense of Touch in Robotics and Rehabilitation Karlin Bark, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Why We Hold Hands James Coan, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia
Our Gut Sense for Numbers Justin Halberda, Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, John Hopkins University
A Glimpse of the World through the Ears of a Bat Cynthia Moss, Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland