The 2016 AAAS Family Science Days event held last weekend, February 13 and 14, brought over 3,000 families and children to the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel!

According to AAAS’ Public Engagement Project Director, “…We had several thousand public visitors over the weekend. This does not include conference attendees, journalists, or families who had such a great time on Saturday that they came back for more on Sunday.”

The NCAS team consisted of several undergraduate Chemistry majors, graduate fellows in atmospheric sciences, CAREERS weather camp alumni, and Chemistry and NCAS staff.  NCAS would like to thank all of the volunteers:  Craig Battle, Milan Brown, KC Hersey, Miles Holloman, Dr. Jo-Anne Manswell Butty, Dr. Richard Medina, Dr. Vernon Morris, Sanola Sandiford, Ryan Smith, Devoun Stewart, and Casey Walker!

Dr. Morris, one of the several scientists on-site at the NCAS booth remarked,”…  we were also interviewed by Science News (thanks KC!) and acknowledged by staff [AAAS] as being one of the ‘favorite tables’ in the room.  I personally saw several return customers of kids (and their slightly embarrassed parents) who wanted to come back to our table on Day 2, after having fun on Day 1.  That is impressive!”

NCAS participates in many outreach activities, mobile learning environments, and STEM fairs, to demonstrate and engage children and families; exposing the community to science concepts, especially in atmospheric sciences.