Legos and leaves help inspire children to learn science during AAAS event

February 21, 2013

Denise Brehm
Civil & Environmental Engineering 

CEE students used Legos, straws and leaves to inspire youngsters at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Family Science Days Feb. 16-17, part of the organization’s annual meeting held this year at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. A book co-authored by Professor Penny Chisholm also played a role, winning the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in the children’s science picture book category. 

Two exhibit booths were organized by juniors Tara Soni and Therese Santiano-McHatton, the former and current presidents of the MIT student chapter of the American Association of Civil Engineers. The booths offered interactive, educational demonstrations of photosynthesis (sponsored by Chisholm’s l