AAAS Classroom Science Days: 2018 in Texas

Formerly titled Public Science Day

2017 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, working with the local community— including informal educators, teachers and scientists— to leave strengthened connections to communities that don’t get needed exposure to science or scientists.  At the 2017 meeting in Boston, we talked with groups of scientists from different universities in the Boston area who want to initiate, expand, or improve programs that help scientists engage with K-12 students and teachers. They believe that AAAS can be a hub for these various groups to network, find resources, recruit scientists and connect with teachers.  We organized 20 scientists (undergraduate, graduate students, postdocs, professors and researchers in industry) to visit 20 schools and give short talks about their educational and career paths.   Scientists, teachers and students all agreed that the talks were a success!  Some scientist teacher pairs made plans for future events including lab tours and more talks.  For 2018 AAAS is bringing this event to Texas. 


AAAS Classroom Science Days in Texas

Thursday and Friday February 15th and 16th

 Over 30 scientists (students, postdocs and faculty) recruited from local universities and industry will visit Texas schools 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.  Scientists were recruited and trained in giving a short “TED like” talk.  Their backgrounds and scientific field 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.  For examples of the talks that will be given see talks below by some of last year's speakers.  Logistics:  Each scientist will give one 15minute talk followed by 10min of questions.  Schools can arrange additional activites and future visits with their visiting speaker.  Contact Rebekah Corlew with further questions.

List of Scientist Speakers and Schools

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