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2016 Family Science Days

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Science for Everyone

Explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by scientists! Family Science Days are FREE and open to all, and features hands-on demos, shows, talks by scientists, and other activities appropriate for K–12 children and their families.

This free community science showcase is brought to you by AAAS. The event also features a broad range of educators and scientists engaging the public in current science topics.

Family Science Days, AAAS Annual Meeting

A child participates in Family Science Days at the AAAS Annual Meeting. | Paul Horwitz


Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, D.C.


Saturday, February 13
Sunday, February 14
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Every half hour features a new show or Meet the Scientist! speaker. See the complete schedule on the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting website.


Check out who is bringing exciting hands-on activities and shows! A complete listing of exhibitors is on the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting website.


11:30 a.m.

  • FIRST—More Than Robots
    FIRST Robotics

12:00 p.m.

  • Visual Illusion in Athletes: When Does the Baseball Look As Big As a Grapefruit?
    Jessica Witt
    Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Colorado State University

12:30 p.m.

  • The Political Science of Our Crazy Presidential Campaign
    John Sides
    Associate Professor of Political Science, George Washington University

1:00 p.m.

  • Tumor Killing Bacteria
    STEM Dance-ology

1:30 p.m.

  • Meet an Astronaut
    Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

2:00 p.m.

  • Who Needs Numbers Anyway?
    Chandra Erdman
    Director of Analytics, Management Leadership for Tomorrow

2:30 p.m.

  • From Photons to Frog Calls: What Climate Change Means for Wildlife and What We’re Doing About It
    Adam Terando
    Research Ecologist, Department of Interior Southeast Climate Science Center

3:00 p.m.

  • Salamanders and Their Good and Bad Microbes
    Carly Muletz Wolz
    Ph.D. Candidate, University of Maryland, and Researcher, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

3:30 p.m.

  • Layers in Time
    National Park Service

Sunday, February 14


11:30 a.m.

  • Science Quiz Show

12:30 p.m.

  • Tiny Robots
    Sarah Bergbreiter
    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland

1:30 p.m.

  • The Massive Impact of Microscopic Insects
    Mark A. Metz
    Research Entomologist, Systematic Entomology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture

2:00 p.m.

  • Science To Protect National Parks From Climate Change
    Patrick Gonzalez
    Principal Climate Change Scientist, U.S. National Park Service

2:30 p.m.

  • How Cold Is Ultracold?
    Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland

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