Mega Science Festival Draws Mega Crowds
Professor Polar Bear and the Climate Kids were popular attractions in the ARM booth, with visitors of all ages stopping by to take pictures. Many visitors were interested in ARM's lesson plans for students from kindergarten through high school, and younger attendees received activity books featuring coloring pages, puzzles, and other activities. A sample "build your own" anemometer was on display, along with construction instructions.
The US Air Force gave attendees the chance to climb into the cockpit of a jet, while nearby, The Planetary Society booth featured Bill Nye the Science Guy, who signed autographs for a few hours each day. Stages throughout the Convention Center hosted scientists, comedians, and performers such as the MythBusters, speedskaters, robots, astronauts, authors, teachers, and magicians. In total, more than 3,000 exhibits participated in the Festival, including academic institutions, research institutes, government agencies, technology companies, museums, and community organizations.