Associated Universities, Inc. sponsors the American Astronomical Society local student outreach event at AAS winter meetings. This event is geared towards underserved populations in middle- and high-school. The society welcomes local student groups, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program participants, home schoolers and families for an interactive afternoon of science.
Students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and speak with world famous scientists and engineers at the forefront of astronomy research.
Following a welcome talk by a renown scientist, the students are chaperoned into the AAS Exhibit Hall to meet with several exhibitors for exciting hands-on activities covering topics such as discovering exoplanets, building an interferometer, dark matter, infrared cameras, light spectrum, radio astronomy, deploying the James Webb Space Telescope and more.
As the students leave, they receive a backpack full of resource materials to further their exploration.
At the 229th AAS meeting, in Grapevine, Texas, there were 320 students in attendance from Dallas County schools.