Families Welcome at AAAS Meeting in San Jose


The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in San Jose’s convention center this weekend, includes one of my favorite events of the year—Family Science Days. Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5, everyone is invited to come and learn more about science, all for free.

FSDImageLast year, I saw brain challenges, robots, giant bubble making, and a lot of cool interactive experiments. This year the list of groups exhibiting looks just as long. In addition to the groups, AAAS has a “Meet the Scientist” table and a running series of short talks on kid-friendly topics.


photos by Nicky Penttila

Researcher Daphne Bavelier of the University of Rochester went one-one-one at the Meet the Scientist table during Family Science Days 2014, in Chicago. Bavelier investigates how playing videogames might affect the brain, and her talk that day drew a big crowd—and some great questions from kids and parents.

Grownups can register everyone as “Family Science Days Attendee” ahead of time so they can quickly pick up the entry passes, but registration is also possible at the entry. And if you’re still going strong after all the kid-fun, please say hi—Dana Foundation folks will be in the main part of the exhibit hall, at booth #418.

–Nicky Penttila

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