“Happy Anniversary” and “Happy Birthday” are still ringing in our ears. One after another, patrons of the 5th Annual Tallahassee Science Festival congratulated us on the National Park Service’s centennial (and SEAC’s semi-centennial) year!
Tim Roberts and Clete Rooney represented the Southeast Archeological Center at the Festival at Lake Ella on Saturday September 10th. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth! SEAC’s was one of more than 125 S.T.E.A.M. (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) exhibits.
An estimated 5,500 to 6,000 people turned up for the event. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., it was nonstop public outreach! No time for breaks. No time for lunch. Not even time to sneak away and check out some of the other exhibits but we had a nice corner spot next to the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab.
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Besides some great schwag like stickers, tattoos, bookmarks, and pencils, our booth featured a prehistoric pottery analysis activity. The younger visitors tried their hand at refitting a couple of replica effigy vessels and weighing sherds on a triple beam balance. With so many people passing through and so many different exhibits to experience, the pottery analysis workbook turned out to be a bit time-intensive, but a few visitors completed the entire activity. Kids and their parents got a kick out of being able to handle sherds from pots made by Native Americans hundreds or thousands of years ago. Later in the day, students from Florida State and Florida A&M University stopped by to share their support for the National Park Service and inquire about volunteer opportunities, future employment, and what classes they should take in order to become professional archeologists.