Family Science Days
Children interact with a science display during the 2017 Family Science Days event in Boston. | Atlantic Photography Boston
AAAS Family Science Days is a free community science showcase that offers an array of hands-on demonstrations and other family and child-friendly activities during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, the largest general scientific conference in the world.
The 2018 AAAS Family Science Days event is Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the AAAS Annual Meeting, being held at the Austin (Texas) Convention Center. Family Science Days features science activities appropriate for children K-12 and their families. In keeping with the AAAS mission to advance science and serve society, the event focuses on recruiting children from underserved communities as well as those students who have shown a particular interest in science. Because Family Science Days is held at the AAAS Annual Meeting, it also provides an opportunity for scientists to see public engagment with science in action. The event is marketed to families via local media, schools, community organizations and participating institutions. Participation opportunities for local science education organizations include:
- Managing an interactive booth with hands-on science programming
- Leading a segment of a stage show that features "cool science" or demonstrates exciting science experiments
- Recommending scientists to present as part of the Meet a Scientist program
See the 2017 AAAS Family Science Days stage show schedule and exhibitor listing here.
Benjamin Brown-Steiner gives a talk on atmospheric science during the 2017 Meet a Scientist program in Boston. | Atlantic Photography Boston
As part of Family Science Days, the Meet a Scientist program consists of short, lively presentations, appropriate for school-age children. Charismatic scientists and engineers present briefly on stage about their science, answer questions and interact with attendees one-on-one after the stage program.