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Visit AAAS at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo (2012)

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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.

When and Where

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


801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Meet the Scientists! Schedule

Saturday, April 28

11:00 a.m.

Looking Homeward Toward Earth: The Power of Perspective
Waleed Abdalati, Chief Scientist, NASA

12:00 p.m.

How Babies Make Sense of Sound
Rochelle Newman, Associate Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland

1:00 p.m.

Why Something Stinks for You, But Not for Me
Charles J. Wysocki, Behavioral Neuroscientist, Monell Chemical Senses Center

3:00 p.m.

The Coffee Gripper: Engineering a New Robot Hand Using Granular Materials
Hod Lipson, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University

Sunday, April 29

11:00 a.m.

Noses, Tongues, and Intestines: Making Sense of the Food We Eat
Steven Munger, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

12:00 p.m.

Touching Reality: Using the Sense of Touch in Robotics and Rehabilitation
Karlin Bark, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

1:00 p.m.

Why We Hold Hands
James Coan, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia

2:00 p.m.

Our Gut Sense for Numbers
Justin Halberda, Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, John Hopkins University

3:00 p.m.

A Glimpse of the World through the Ears of a Bat
Cynthia Moss, Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland

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