Rolling along

On April 5, ASTC members brought hands-on science to the White House lawn during the annual Easter Egg Roll. Thousands attended the event, themed “Ready, Set, Go!” following U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to combat childhood obesity.

Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, California, ran a kite-making acitivity, to help kids learn about wind energy and flight. Volunteers helped students experiment with different designs and gave them tips to continue learning at home.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington, D.C., offered Science of Spring activities, inviting visitors to dissect green been seeds, look at them under a microscope, take beans home to plant, and document their progress online.

The National Children’s Museum, Washington, D.C., provided several health-related activities. Families were asked to contribute to a large-scale fabric mural by sharing their pledges to live a healthier lifestyle. To help them remember how to plan well-balanced meals and stay active, children were encouraged to make a “Healthy Food on My Mind” crown and decorate Frisbees.

About the image: Lawrence Hall of Science staff members and local D.C. volunteers at White House Egg Roll. Photo by Jason Meagher