I've had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Lisa Randall, Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University, speak twice, most recently at the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. Dr. Randall is an expert on theoretical particle physics, a subject she explains very effectively, even to an audience of average folks - children, teachers, parents and grandparents.
That's the great thing about science festivals. Distinguished scientists, science writers, university students and industry experts come together to bring hands-on, real-life science to the community and, in the process, foster an interest in science careers in the young people who attend. There's no better way to get hooked on science than to get away from textbooks and see science in action.
If the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival is anything to go by - and I believe it is - attending a science festival is well worth your time, especially if you can bring your grandchildren with you. We've put together some information that will help you learn more about science festivals and find out what to expect when you take your grandchildren to a science festival.
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