Science Day Activities
year, AAAS was pleased to sponsor Public
Science Day activities for in school and out of school students
from the Boston area. The events for Public Science Day involved
collaboration with the Boston Museum of Science, Boston and Cambridge
School Districts, TERC, several aftershool programs, and reached
more than 2,500 students and families.
On Public Science
Day, the Museum of Science hosted 2000 students ranging from kindergarten
through 9th grade. Prior to the event, museum educators spent several
days working with teachers and students to prepare them for their
trip. The activities were designed to enrich and support the current
curriculum for each grade level, and included resources and follow-up
materials for teachers. The activities ranged from participating
in the Human Body Connection/Sun Lab Exhibits to a question-and-answer
session with Leon Lederman, renowned physicist and Nobel Laureate.
In the afternoon,
TERC designed an array of activities to show that science and mathematics
are “everywhere you look." Five hundred students from
aftershool programs participated in the event, which included exploring
satellite pictures and photographs of earth, using the powers of
observation and estimation to design a catapult, and experiments
to study life in outer space and the presence of water on Mars.
opportunity for collaboration provided an excellent example of the
ways resources across the city can come together. Public Science
Day in Boston created an exciting experience that truly highlighted
the role that science and mathematics play in our lives.