Kids and parents flocked to Family Science Days over the weekend for hands-on science learning experiences. Children of all ages shook hands with robots and peered through high-powered microscopes.
The free exhibit with loads of activities highlighted the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in Chicago. Chicago area museums, Argonne National Laboratory and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory hooked kids on science at a menagerie of booths.
Benjamin Kocian, 10, of Naperville, stands proud next to his puzzle creation. “Geometry is far better than normal math,” he says.
Noah Oxer, 11, of Oak Park, learns about electrons through the use of a plasma ball at Michigan Tech’s Mind Trekkers booth.
Liam Gallup, 10, of Rogers Park, tries to build the “tallest and widest” noodle and marshmallow creation at the Project Exploration booth.
Johnathan Kristoff, 10, checks out worms at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s booth. Shamra Fallon, of the botanic garden, says that sometimes the worms get too squirmy so the kids drop them, but “they’re invertebrates, so they can’t break anything.”
Amelia Lawson, 9, and sister Madelyn Lawson, 8, take a peak at flies and worms under microscopes at the booth by the Association for Women in Science.
Noah Oxer, 11, and brother Josh Oxer, 8, participate in a wheat germ experiment at a booth by the University of Wisconsin’s Biotechnology Center. “They enjoy science,” says their mother Kelly Oxer. “It’s right up their alley.”
Jack Lieberman, 8, of Merrionette Park, learns about physics and gravity at the Fermi National Accelerator Lab booth.