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Spreading science at AwesomeCon

June 15, 2016
A member of the public wears the Society's sweatshirt with a cover of <em>Science News.</em>
A member of the public wears the Society's sweatshirt with a cover of Science News.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC.

A crowd of characters from movies, TV shows, comic books, and more descended on Washington, D.C. on the weekend of June 3 for AwesomeCon, a convention of all things awesome. There were cosplayers (dressing up or role-playing as a character) including 7-foot-tall Transformers, a Bill Nye, Star Wars, Dr. Who, and more.

The Society joined in on the fun and had a table at the event. Society staff told members of the public about our programs, passed out issues of Science News, and raffled off hoodies showcasing an issue of the magazine that focused on the search for extraterrestrial life.

View photos from the weekend below:

Ray and Kylo Ren stopped by the Society's booth at AwesomeCon.
Ray and Kylo Ren stopped by the Society's booth at AwesomeCon. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public/Marlena Chertock.
Deadpool picks up a copy of Science News. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public/Marlena Chertock.
Deadpool picks up a copy of Science News. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public/Marlena Chertock.
Society and Science News staff, including science writer Tina Hesman Saey, attended AwesomeCon. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public/Tina Hesman Saey.
Society and Science News staff, including science writer Tina Hesman Saey, attended AwesomeCon. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public/Tina Hesman Saey.

This AwesomeCon attendee said she eagerly awaits every issue of Science News to show up in her high school library.

An AwesomeCon attendee dress as Bill Nye held up a copy of Science News magazine. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public/Marlena Chertock.
An AwesomeCon attendee dress as Bill Nye held up a copy of Science News magazine. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public/Marlena Chertock.

Several AwesomeCon attendees won Science News hoodies.