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Feb. 1, 2016

Chandler SciTech Festival Celebrates 5th Anniversary

By Councilmember Rick Heumann

Chandler has long demonstrated successful leadership and partnership roles within the region that creates a positive culture for science and technology. The annual Chandler SciTech Festival continues that legacy, celebrating its 5th Anniversary this month. Chandler’s event continues to be a part of the Arizona SciTech Festival statewide event and is being recognized as the signature event this year.

This two-day event will be held later this month in downtown Chandler and will focus on the world of science, providing a fun, engaging experience for all who attend. This is a way to celebrate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and is a fun way to learn about the importance of STEM in everyday life situations.

Studying STEM is no longer boring like some may remember. Hands-on activities allow one to see how something works, instead of reading about it from a book. It provides a way to imagine, explore, make things happen and remember the how and why. Watching kids engage and get excited makes this all worth it!

Day one of the event highlights the world of science as it relates to art and every day technology. The festivities begin on Friday, February 19, with the monthly Art Walk. It will be a Night of Art and Science in downtown Chandler from 6-10 p.m. Local artists will showcase their creations, while residents learn about the science and technology behind the tools and processes used. Residents can learn about the art of 3D printing, wire sculpturing and woodworking.

On Saturday, February 20, the Chandler SciTech Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Chandler. There are more than 60 participants providing interactive demonstrations and educational opportunities for people of all ages. Residents can meet Makers showcasing some of their products and learn about coding, forensic science, robotics, rocketry and atmospheric pressure.

With the continued support of the Chandler Education Coalition, represented by local businesses, educational institutions, non-profits and various City departments, we are able to continue to offer this free, family friendly event and provide experiences for everyone. Intel has graciously offered to sponsor this event for the third year, and I extend my sincere appreciation for its continued support.

I am very proud of how this event continues to grow each year. It wouldn’t be successful without the dedication from all of the participants. I want to personally thank them for volunteering their time to provide this opportunity to our youth.

Bring your family and have fun enjoying the art of learning without even realizing it! For information on schedules, program details and event maps, visit our website at chandleraz.gov/science. For more information on statewide events, visit azscitech.com.