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AAAS Classroom Science Days

Formerly titled Public Science Day

2018 CSD Speaker Raul Ramos at Waltham High School | Simon Goodacre


AAAS Classroom Science Days

For over 25 years, AAAS has produced a day of science in conjunction with the AAAS Annual Meeting.  We work with the local community— including informal educators, teachers and scientists— to leave strengthened connections to groups that don’t get needed exposure to science or scientists.  

  • At the 2017 meeting, 20 scientists from the Boston area (undergraduate, graduate students, postdocs, professors and researchers in industry) visited 20 schools and gave short talks about their educational and career paths.   
  • At the 2018 meeting in Texas, we worked with 32 scientists and reached nearly 5,000 students in Austin, Houston and Dallas.  See the video here.
  • Scientists, teachers and students agreed that the 2017 and 2018 talks were a success!  Some scientist-teacher pairs made plans for future events including lab tours and more talks.  
  • For 2019 our goal is to reach schools in the DC metro area.

AAAS Classroom Science Days in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia

Monday February 11th - Friday February 15th

Over 30 scientists (students, postdocs, faculty and professional scientists) recruited from government, local universities and industry will visit schools in the DC Metro area to share their unique personal journeys into science careers while middle and high school students ask questions.  There is growing evidence that meeting scientists and hearing about their work, as well as their struggles, can help students see themselves as scientists, and have a positive effect on their academic work.  

Participating scientists will be trained in giving a short “TED like” talk.  Their backgrounds and scientific fields span a wide range reflecting the membership of AAAS.  Biologists, mathematicians, social scientists and engineers will share some of what makes their science interesting and important and how they arrived at where they are today.  Click on the links below to see examples of the talks that were given by the 2017 speakers.  

Each scientist will give one, 15-minute talk followed by 10 minutes of questions.  Schools can arrange additional activities and future visits with their visiting speaker.  Contact Rebekah Corlew with further questions.


Here are some examples of the types of talks that speakers from 2017 gave: