This past weekend, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, hosted a “Family Science Days” event where parents and their children explored interactive science exhibits for free at AAAS’s 2017 annual meeting at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.
About 5,200 people attended the two-day event. Hundreds of families jumped from one exhibit to the next to meet scientists and learn about neuroscience, physics, astronomy, engineering and more.
At the back of the room was a large stage where attendees watched and listened to scientists and science writers talk about their work. Matin Durrani, the editor of Physics World, gave a talk about his recent book, Furry Logic, which describes the physics behind various animal characteristics. He tailored his talk to include everyday animals. Cats, for example, are able to drink water without needing a straw because they take advantage of water’s surface tension.
Durrani volunteered to talk at “Family Science Days” because appreciates an audience full of children.