Get your science on

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So hey, did you know there’s going to be a big old science fair in DC next month? No? Neither did I until I caught sight of the USA Science and Engineering Festival Twitter feed last week, and it took about 10 seconds to hook me on the whole idea. It’s two weeks of science, SCIENCE, SCIENCE!, from Oct. 10-24, capped off with a weekend of events on the National Mall on Oct. 23-24. And here’s where you come in, dear readers: they need volunteers.

Maybe you were the science nerd in high school, or maybe you never quite got that homemade rocket off the ground, but I bet a festival that covers such wide-ranging topics as kitchen chemistry experiments AND an “exciting cryogenics show” could probably use your help in some capacity, no matter what your background.

Once you sign up to help, there’s a 90-minute training session on Sunday, Oct. 17, and then you’ll take a four-hour block over the weekend. DC has plenty of fine volunteer opportunities, and this is but one of them. But I dare you to come up with a better way to spend a few hours on a fine October afternoon than helping kids get excited about science.

Erin McCann

Erin takes pictures. Lots of them. And then she tweets about them.

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