The Arizona SciTech Festival is a state-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or STEAM when you include the Arts. This two-month+ grassroots celebration is fueled by a statewide collaborative of over 800 industry, academia, arts, civic, community and K-12 organizations. The goal is to inform and excite Arizonans of all ages about how STEM and the Arts drive our state’s economy. The Festival currently offers over 3000 events in 80 cities and towns. It is spearheaded by the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Science Center, the Arizona Technology Council Foundation, Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.
The Festival supports economic development by building awareness of Arizona’s key sectors for long-term growth. It enhances partnerships between schools, municipalities, community leaders, and business and industry. Business and industry engage in the Festival as an important outlet for informing the public, building employees’ morale, and influencing students’ academic and career choices. Postsecondary institution involvement provides K-12 students and the public a glimpse of their educational and research offerings and the value of STEM education. Universities and colleges offer some of the Festival’s largest events with a broad range of innovative learning experiences. Engagement in the initiative provides postsecondary students, faculty, staff and researchers an opportunity to communicate their passion for learning and knowledge with current and future students, alumni, and the public.
The Festival brings community members together to experience and learn about STEM in their daily lives. It seeks to spark interest and inspire the next generation of STEAM enthusiasts. It does so by promoting an awareness of and appreciation for the importance of STEM. It also illuminates the enormous potential for pursuing a career in a STEM-related field. Events range from expos, street fairs, hands-on experiences, and workshops. The following 2013 PBS interview with Jeremy Babendure, Arizona SciTech’s Executive Director, provides a history of the Arizona SciTech Festival and its key objectives. Learn more about the Arizona SciTech Festival and how it has grown into the third largest STEM festival in the US by browsing some of the 2018 events or reading our latest community report here.
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Founder and Executive Director, Arizona SciTech Festival Co-founder, Science Festival Alliance