The White House Easter Egg Roll is an annual tradition dating back to President Hayes in 1878. On April 5, 2010, young children and their families were invited to the South Lawn to participate in Easter egg rolling, sports, storytelling, music, and more. This year’s theme “Ready, Set, Go!” promoted healthy living and followed the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative combating childhood obesity.
AAAS was invited to join the celebration with a hands-on activity encouraging children to explore the science of spring. We focused on seeds and the incredible process seeds undergo to become new plants. At the seed dissection table, children split open beans and used hand lenses to learn about the different parts of seeds. Seedlings in different stages of development were also on display so children could get a close-up look at what happens above and below the ground during growth. To encourage further investigation, seed packets were given away so these young scientists could plant their own seeds, watch them grow, and make observations at home.
At the Science of Spring, kids can learn how to plant and care for their seeds, track the progress of plant growth, and share the information with others. Children will be able to upload photos of their plants, write observation notes, and see a variety of plants grown by other kids around the country.
Science NetLinks is an online resource for K-12 teachers, parents, and afterschool providers. Developed by the AAAS, it offers standards-aligned lesson plans, tools, and resources for teachers; interactive games for students; summer resources for parents; and fun, science-based activities for afterschool providers. Science NetLinks is one of 11 national organizations partnering with the Verizon Foundation to form the coalition, Thinkfinity, providing free, Internet-based content across academic disciplines.
AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson, and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books, and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.