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Chandler Adds Another Spark to City Through Science Saturday
Guest Author: Science Writer: Rita Standerfer
Chandler is at it again with another Chandler’s Science Spectacular: Science Saturday! The event will be held on February 21, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. in Downtown Chandler. It is the fourth year for this amazing STEM event! Science Saturday is geared for kids, but the interactive hands-on experience intrigues adults of all ages as well.
The goal of the event is to spark interest in STEM education presenting new ideas and concepts in a fun and challenging way. Technology companies in Chandler have become more creative every year as have the student projects.
This year Science Saturday will be joined by E.P.I.C. (Explore, Play, Imagine, Create), a mini-maker fair. Chandler has a burgeoning maker culture, and EPIC will not only showcase what is happening here, but it will also introduce the community to opportunities right in their own back yard.
This Maker Culture is full of hobbyists, tinkerers, engineers, and programmers linking new and unique technology with traditional forms of DIY, to create something original. New prototypes and ad projects will be developed using practical skills in a creative fashion..
The Chandler Police Department will be on hand doing a CSI crime scene. Air Products will show how racquetballs dipped into nitrogen break apart. They will also dip flowers into nitrogen and talk about how that creates spices. The fun will also include a ‘dinner and a movie’ event from ASU showing a science fiction movie, and explaining its real-life applications.
Vice Mayor Rick Heumann works closely with the Chandler Education Coalition to help bring STEM education to life. Not only are participants engaged in how science functions in the workplace, but the connection is also made with businesses with the city’s future workforce.
The festival complements Chandler’s strategy of recruiting high-tech, high-wage jobs by ensuring the city is known as an innovation and technology hub. Getting students excited about STEM connects them with careers of the future, and helps ensure businesses can rely on Chandler’s educated workforce. Additionally, the schools from elementary to advanced education can showcase their successes.