“Ooh, science!” said the mom, two little ones in tow. “We like science!” I was at the Lawrence Hall of Science station during the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House yesterday, a tradition since 1878. Last year, the Obama administration added a new element: science activities.
Our station offered two fast lessons in aerodynamics, perfect for the warm breezes on a balmy D.C. day. Kids could make their own hand-decorated, colorful paper kites or “Bunnycopters,” folded paper rotors that, when tossed by small arms, spun through the air. For directions on how to make them visit How to Smile.
In addition to the Berkeley, Calif.,-based Lawrence Science Center folks, our station had volunteers from NSF, NOAA the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. and elsewhere. We came from different places, but enjoyed a collective desire to share the wonder of science with kids.
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Mariette DiChristina, Steering Group chair, is dean and professor of the practice in journalism at the Boston University College of Communication. She was formerly editor in chief of Scientific American and executive vice president, Magazines, for Springer Nature. Follow Mariette DiChristina on Twitter Credit: Nick Higgins