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Paws-on Science steals the show

What do the Husky Marching Band and virtual reality painkillers have in common? Both were part of the inaugural Paws-on Science, highlighting UW research at the Pacific Science Center.

For three days, the UW turned the Science Center purple and gold as nearly 9,000 people attended the weekend event, April 9-11. Paw prints led eager children from station to station, while parents, friends, families and both Husky mascots (thanks Dubs!) were treated to interactive, hands-on—er, paws-on—exhibits featuring UW scientists and researchers.

Most of the scientists took free workshops from Pacific Science Center experts on how to communicate science to a general audience, so it was as much a learning experience for the scientists as for the kids.

From nanotechnology and “Teeny-Weeny Science” to quantum physics and “Spooky Computing,” it was a Huskies weekend full of fun. Dr. Here’s a list of all the UW research at Paws-on Science, and a photo album from the signature event of the emerging partnership between the University of Washington and Pacific Science Center.

A special thanks to all the UW scientists who helped out. We’ll see everyone next year!

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