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2013 AAAS Conference in Review...

William Simpson Posted by William Simpson in All About Science on Feb 18, 2013 11:05:52 AM

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I recently attended the national conference for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, and this is the FIFTH time I’ve attempted to sit and write a blog post about it.  So many phenomenal speakers came together, united behind a common cause, about which they were so obviously passionate... the energy of the hosts and speakers was overwhelming.


I would first like to say thank you to the woman who brought me to the conference, Suzanne Thurston.  I have enjoyed all of my dealings with AAAS, both online and at the conference.  My intellectual curiosities were sparked, fed and challenged this weekend.  It was absolute perfect balance of entertainment and academia.  Thank you for all that you’ve done for me and for Angelia (Joy) Long (my co-worker, travel-mate and Science department chair at Charles Carroll Middle School).


As an author and a middle school educator, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the awards ceremony for the authors on Saturday night.  I really enjoyed meeting and speaking with Sy Montgomery (author of Temple Grandin), who received the 2013 AAAS/Subaru Science Books and Films (SB&F) Prize for Excellence in Science Books for a Middle School audience.  It’s been a while since I’ve written with the intent of creating literature to be professionally published, but attending this event awakened my creative drive once again.


The session I enjoyed most had to be the last one I attended, Engaging Students in Complex Science Learning Via Games and Simulations.  I have SO MANY notes from that session to go home and review.  More than anything else I attended, that session applied to my current work in grad school with digital learning, and more specifically, educational gaming.  This was actually the only session I was bold enough to stand and ask the speakers questions, and I was glad I did.  The Radix Endeavor and The Education Arcade at MIT is definitely an organization I intend to research further, and I’m thankful to the presenters to opening my eyes on a subject to which I was not-so-long-ago turned off.


And just for the sake of publicizing my favorite photo from my favorite attraction of the week, this was Rozey.  Rozey is sold for a minuscule $16,000.  In the little bit of time I spent with him, I was able to speak to him, watch him dance, do yoga, and more.  He was definitely one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.  Although he’s so advanced, he did remind me of iRobot a little.


- William De’Wayne Simpson


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