The day began with inspirational words from The Honorable LaDoris G. Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), plus DOE, BP, Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS), and ASTC executives, and quickly moved into a lively science festival as attendees spent the morning building electric circuits, running super computers, creating endothermic and exothermic reactions, and exploring other hands-on energy activities. The activities were presented by local scientists, DOE staff, and the Maryland Science Center, Baltimore. During the second half of the day, attendees strolled across the Mall to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, where participants explored the Q?rius Center and viewed an IMAX movie. The goal of this event was to connect youth with science, spark new interests, and remind the participants what they can do with a dream and strength of character, a point central to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s beliefs.
This event was hopefully the first of many. ASTC and the DOE plan to launch similar events in science centers in cities across the U.S. If your institution is interested in hosting a future event as part of this series, please contact Ann Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.