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‘Adventure in Science’ Seeks Faculty

AIS student Kiran Nadanam gets the feel of a real mammoth tusk.

AIS student Kiran Nadanam gets the feel of a real mammoth tusk.

Photo: Yin Yang

After 25 years of holding Saturday morning science classes for children at NIH—often taught by NIH postdocs and other staff—Adventure in Science (AIS) is planning its program for next year, but with a difference: the classes will be held at a nearby school rather than on the NIH campus.

The program is still designed to show 8-11 year-olds the fun of science using hands-on activities—from building (and launching) model rockets to dissecting frogs, visualizing the activity of enzymes, measuring their own lung volumes, and more.

Teachers at AIS have been mostly volunteers from the NIH community and organizers hope NIH participation will continue even as classes move to an off-campus site. Volunteering at AIS offers a great opportunity to exercise your teaching skills with an enthusiastic audience. You can volunteer to teach for only one Saturday, or for several.

If you are interested in AIS, read the “About Us” section at If you want to volunteer, think about topics you might teach and send your ideas and contact information to Ed Max (

Enrollment for children is completed for this year, but will be open for 2019-2020 next spring, as will be announced at

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