Chandler SciTech Festival
Every February, Chandler celebrates the exploration of invention. The Chandler SciTech Festival showcases the businesses, artists, students and innovators in the community as Chandler participates in the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival.
These free events offer unique opportunities for residents to explore the discoveries and science engineered in their own back yard.
Mark your calendars for Chandler's 6th Annual SciTech Festival Events
Family Flicks Art Walk
On Friday, Feb. 17, a cult classic will be coming to a big screen near you. Grab a blanket and head to the grassy lawn of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park to enjoy the original Ghostbusters, outdoors and free of charge. In addition to this Family Flicks event, the Third Friday Chandler Art Walk, an event to shop local artists in the historic downtown, will be the same night. This event kicks off the Chandler Science Spectacular, with Chandler’s Science Saturday following the next day. The event runs 6-9:30 p.m., movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Guests can expect special guests and activities. For more information, visit the Facebook event page
Chandler's Science Saturday
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017
Downtown Chandler, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave.
Chandler uses 'sneaky science' by entertaining the whole family while explaining how science is important to daily life. Check out interactive demonstrations and by Chandler’s technology companies along with the next generation of science from ASU, UofA, and TechShop at the Chandler Innovation Center.
Just a few of the highlight from this year include:
View a list of this year's event exhibitors and hands-on activities
Watch a video with last year's event highlights
- Rocket launch: Orbital ATK
See how Orbital ATK puts rockets into space with this hands on rocket-launching demo. Orbital ATK also is hosting a special guest, former four-time NASA Shuttle Astronaut Brian Duffy from noon-3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to head to the Downtown Stage from 1-2 p.m. to hear Colonel Duffy speak about his experience in space, how to pursue a career with NASA and what's next with America’s next generation of space exploration.
- Computer science: Intel will feature Makey Makey/Sparkfun kits and activities regarding fundamental basics of computer science. Stop by and engage in the fun!
- Crime scene and fingerprinting: City of Chandler Police Department
Solve the mystery at this interactive mock crime scene, or learn how to read fingerprints when they are left as clues.
- Foam block building: The Arizona Science Center & First Things First
Families can use giant foam blocks of all shapes to build a design they create.
- Space travel: Game Truck * Available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Travel through the solar system with game truck spaceship
- Technology and the Library: Downtown Chandler Library
Discover VERTEX, Chandler Public Library's series of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) programs. See a 3D printer in operation, explore tornadoes in a bottle, straw rockets and much more!
- Aviation: Using a wind tunnel and flight simulator, attendees will get a glimpse into the exciting world of aviation by the University of North Dakota Aerospace.
- Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Students will erect a single-phase power line, including power poles, cable, transformer and secondary cable to demonstrate how line workers do their job and how a power line is constructed.
Free parking is available at the Ports America parking garage (south of Buffalo Street, east of Arizona Avenue) and the First Credit Union parking garage (north of Boston Street, east of Arizona Avenue). To view a map of the free parking garages, visit chandleraz.gov/downtown