University of Texas at Austin

Engaging the Public at AAAS Family Science Days

March 1, 2018

On February 17 and 18, Bureau staff and students joined in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Family Science Days held in the Austin Convention Center. Family Science Days feature presentations and interactive activities that highlight diverse areas of scientific study and demonstrate a commitment to promoting public engagement with science. Scientists are also on hand to listen to questions and concerns from the public.

In response to the AAAS call for public outreach, Bureau staff members Linda Ruiz McCall and Rebecca Smyth talked with families about Texas rocks and the Bureau’s new radio program, EarthDate (, which explores the natural wonders of our planet. Sarah Prentice and Peter Tutton, graduate students with the Bureau’s Gulf Coast Carbon Center, engaged families with demonstrations about carbon capture.

AAAS Family Science Day

Left: Linda Ruiz McCall and Rebecca Smyth talk about Texas rocks and EarthDate. Right: Graduate students Sarah Prentice and Peter Tutton talk about carbon capture.