AIA at Family Science Days
February 21, 2013
Last weekend, the AIA participated in Family Science Days at Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Family Science Days were held as part of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting. The two-day event gave kids interested in the sciences an opportunity to explore hands-on demonstrations and interactive exhibits in a number of fields, including archaeology. Despite snow on both days, almost 4,000 people attended the event!
The AIA booth encouraged children to explore archaeology through three different activities. One exercise taught kids about the importance of context by explaining what context was and then showing a series of artifacts with and without context. Kids quickly learned how context enables archaeologists to tell a more complete story and better determine how objects were used. Another activity dealing with stratigraphy depicted the layers of an archaeological site allowed kids to properly arrange Velcro artifacts chronologically. The third activity allowed kids reassemble broken pottery sherds into a vessel—a task that several budding archaeologists took quite seriously! All activities demonstrated several fun aspects of archaeology.
In advance of the 2015 Working Conference for Educators, the AIA is soliciting one-page descriptions of existing archaeological outreach and education programs.
The AIA-Rochester Society won the 2013-2014 Best AIA Local Society Program online contest.
The AIA-Milwaukee Society and the Milwaukee Public Museum co-hosted the 5th Annual Milwaukee Archaeology Fair March 7-8.
Fair presenters interacted with nearly 5500 people over the AIA's two-day event.
Thank you to all our presenters, volunteers, and attendees for making the fair such a wonderful event!