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Feb. 10, 2017

Come experience the joy of science at the sixth annual Chandler Science Spectacular

Four-time NASA Shuttle Astronaut Brian Duffy will speak

The City of Chandler invites the community to its sixth annual Chandler Science Spectacular on Friday, Feb. 17, and Saturday, Feb. 18. The two-day event will be in downtown Chandler, along Commonwealth Avenue, between Buffalo and Boston streets. 

The Science Spectacular kicks off with the Family Flicks Art Walk, hosted by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, from 6-9:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17. Attendees can watch the original Ghostbusters that will start at 6:30 p.m., as well as enjoy the Third Friday Chandler Art Walk, an event to shop local artists in the historic downtown, on the same night. 

Special guests at the Family Flicks event include the Arizona Ghostbusters and East Valley Engineering for Kids who will have a green slime activity for children from 6-7 p.m. Arizona Ghostbusters will give a gift basket to one lucky winner in their costume contest, as attendees are encouraged to dress as a monster or Ghostbuster. In addition, attendees have a chance to win a $50 gift card by bringing in new socks or underwear to benefit Chandler Christian Community Center's iHELP program. 

The following day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, will feature the annual Chandler Science Saturday sponsored by Intel and Orbital ATK. This event will entertain the entire family and explain how fun, creative and important science can be to daily life. Get ready to explore the basics of science as more than 60 companies and educational organizations host interactive, hands-on learning activities. 

Event sponsor Orbital ATK will launch a model rocket every hour and their scientists and engineers will have a variety of interactive and hands-on activities for families to participate. The company will have a passport for kids to earn stamps as they complete each activity. Once the passport is filled out, kids may exchange it for a prize. 

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. 

Intel and its volunteers will display Makey Makey/Sparkfun kits and feature activities focused on the fundamental basics of computer science. 

The annual Chandler Science Spectacular is part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, a statewide movement to promote and celebrate science in our daily lives and to earn recognition for Arizona as a science and technology hub. For more information about the Chandler Science Spectacular and the participating companies, visit chandleraz.gov/science