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Volunteer Opportunity for the USA Science and Engineering Festival

AAAS is seeking 15 to 20 engaging scientists to speak with local high school students during a one-hour Meet the Scientist/Engineer event being held during the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

The free, family-oriented festival will be held April 26'27 at the Washington Convention Center and features 3,000 hands-on science activities. The largest U.S. science festival, it is expected to draw more than 300,000 attendees. AAAS will have a stage show at the Festival and offer a range of activities.

The festival has invited AAAS member scientists and engineers to participate in an hour-long Meet the Scientist/Engineer event in Hall A next to the Career Pavilion on Sunday, April 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. The event will be an informal roundtable where you'll answer questions about your discipline or field, research, education, career path, etc.

This is a terrific chance to share your enthusiasm for science and engineering with local high school students without having to invest significant time away from your lab. Participating scientists are encouraged to bring a prop—a cool object related to your work to help spark discussion. AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology staff will coach interested scientists prior to the event, upon request and pending schedule availability.

Selected scientists/engineers are asked to arrive at 12:45 p.m. and check-in at the registration desk inside the Meet the Scientists/Engineers area next to the Career Pavilion, Hall A in the DC Convention Center, where you'll also receive a free festival T-shirt to identify you as a scientist.

Interested members should contact Linda Hosler ( by March 21 with your name, title, institution, email, phone number, scientific discipline or field, and any ideas you have for a prop object. Detailed information will be sent out with your confirmation.

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