Clarissa Burt
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Arizona SciTech Festival

Arizona SciTech Festival

Arizona SciTechWe live in an age of advancement. Each and every year, the focus on increasing our knowledge of the universe and its workings grows, and the fruits of that focus become even more noticeable. From the growing space program, to exponential technological improvements, to even the ways we interact socially, it’s easy to see that we are a society based upon science and learning. With all this said, much of this scientific advancement occurs outside the realm of the common citizen’s knowledge. Even with easy access to that information, by way of the internet and other sources, it can still be difficult to truly get an idea of what is going on in the scientific world. That’s why, this year, Arizona is hosting the Arizona SciTech Festival, a statewide celebration of science and technology!

The Arizona SciTech Festival is one of this year’s preeminent events taking place here in cities across Arizona. With hundreds of organizations taking part, a bevy of science related proceedings, and, of course, a boatload of information about the scientific community, it’s easy to see that this is the festival to attend if you have any interest in the sciences.

But, what exactly is the Arizona SciTech Festival, and what makes it so special compared to other similar events that Arizona has hosted in the past? I talked to Jeremy Babendure, executive director of the SciTech festival, to get the answers to these questions and more.

According to Jeremy, the goal of this amazing event is to “get the next generation of science enthusiasts excited about science, technology, engineering, and Mathematics”, and the Arizona SciTech Festival is working hard to achieve just that. On top of the obvious lectures that you normally see at festivals such as these, there is going to be a huge amount of events all geared towards, as Jeremy says, “inspiring the culture of STEM in Arizona”. Here are just a few of the event highlights that will be going on during this festival.

Planetarium Shows at Challenger Space Center

One of the more entertaining events during the festival, the Challenger Space Center offers the opportunity to learn more about the night sky and explore the universe via their special planetarium shows. Learn more about folklore, mythology, and astronomy, all while witnessing the awe-inspiring power of the Challenger Space Center Planetarium. Showings will be going on throughout the year, so don’t miss them!

 

Silly Science StoryTime—February 5, 2013

Perfect for children, the silly science storytime is a great way for your kids to learn more about basic science and math concepts. Definitely a perfect event if you plan on taking part in the festivities with your children

 

“Weather or Not: Art With Atmosphere” Exhibition—February 8 – May 26, 2013

For all you art enthusiasts looking to see a little art-science fusion, this is definitely an event that you cannot miss! This exhibition will present artist’s representations of wind, rain, sleet, snow, hurricane, and more, all while teaching you a bit about climatology on the side.

 

Glendale Science of Chocolate Extravaganza—February 8 – 10, 2013

This free admission chocolate festival teaches you science, with chocolate! With kids’ rides, musical performances, horse and carriage rides, chocolate factory tours and more, this is surely one of the more whimsical and fun events of the festival, and should be a huge hit with the kids and chocolate lovers alike!

In the end, one must understand that no matter where you go, in this modern age, you will more than likely be in contact with some form of technology. Because of this, like Jeremy says, we all have to learn, and understand, this concept of STEM. Science and technology, engineering and mathematics; they are all here to stay, and The Arizona SciTech Festival is here to help you understand them better in a fun and interesting way.

So, if you’re looking for a great way to spend a few hours, or are looking for a great way to support your hometown, the Arizona SciTech Festival is definitely an amazing place to go. It will be fun, and who knows? Maybe you will learn something along the way!