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Arizona SciTech Festival

The Arizona Science and Technology Festival celebrates Arizona’s leading role in science, technology, and innovation with activities that engage, inspire and spark imagination across entire communities. Though the festival officially runs in February and March, the adventures continue year-round. Join a conversation, debate, or forum; sit in on a workshop, cruise a display or exhibition; attend a broadcast, concert or play; or go exploring with site visits, guided walks or tours that occur all over the state. Many of these events are free and open to all ages.

The festival is a novel, creative way to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education programs that train the next generation, and to explore the industries like nanotechnology, biotechnology, and aerospace that mark the state’s leadership in advanced systems. Though only two years old, this event is already changing the way we look at STEM activities!

Celebrating Innovation

Discover the Science of Chocolate, and why this signature AZ Sci-Tech Fest event captures the spirit of the festival. Covered by Glendale 11.The Arizona SciTech Festival is a grass-roots collaboration of over 350 organizations in industry, academia, arts, civic, community and K–12. Together these partners offer over 200 events designed to excite and inform Arizonans from ages 3 to 103 about how STEM will drive our state for next 100 years. Young and old, everyone is invited to learn about the science of Arizona’s past, present, and future. Bringing together Arizona’s STEM leaders to foster awareness and education, the festival is a powerful vehicle for leveraging productive synergy to increase the output of future STEM leaders and innovators.

SciTech Festival events are everywhere! Activities are specially designed for students to explore scientific principles with hands-on activities that will help them become valued members of the 21st century workforce. Many occur on school, college and university campuses; in libraries, museums, and civic buildings; in cafes and restaurants; in commercial or industrial facilities; even in parks and public squares. Some come to you through booths at popular community events, like the “Science of Chocolate” booth at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire!

Festival Events

This overview of Sun Valley Solar Solutions Challenge shows how SciTech Fest events and ideas interconnect to help build a brighter future.Like a film festival that makes films accessible to a large audience, a Science Festival brings opportunities to experience a wide range of science and technology events to the public. Signature events occur throughout the year in venues ranging from art museums to state parks.

Science is Everywhere: Science Tours provide in-field demonstrations of how science theory is practiced in everyday life.

Neighborhood Science: In Your Community presents lectures, talks, and debates at local venues.

World Premiere Conferences gather innovators from around the globe to discuss solutions for the world’s most difficult questions.

Sun Valley Solar Challenge is a signature event offered by Sun Valley Solar Solutions, a Gold level festival sponsor. This event inspires kids of all ages to use their engineering and sleuthing skills to creatively find ways to harness the sun’s energy. Prizes, including one $1,000 scholarship, will be awarded.

Festival  Programs

Science Cafes invite informal discussions about science and technology topics with the experts at a local bar or cafe.

Arizona SciTech COX Youth Reporters engage high school students to help capture and report the festival's most memorable moments.

Arizona Tech Industries showcase Arizona’s scope of innovators.

Where’s the Gecko? Contest: Look for the gecko logo poster at select events. It’s still hiding!

Partners, Programs, and Collaborators

The Physics Factory at the SARSEF Future Innovators Night at the Tucson Convention Center.The Arizona SciTech Festival enjoys both formal and informal strategic relationships with many of the world’s leading Science Festival organizations. Though only in its second year, it has made a splash, already embraced by the STEM community.

Founding partners include the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Science Center, Arizona State University, Arizona Technology Council, and University of Arizona. (Click to see more partners.) Collaborators continue to develop programs that leverage the festival network and extend unique opportunities to Arizona educators, students, and lifelong learners.

YOU can be a collaborator, too! Attend an event or just spread the word among your organization, friends, and colleagues. Sponsorship opportunities are available at every level, and there are as many chances to volunteer as there are events at the festival—literally hundreds! So release your inner innovator and explore Arizona’s STEM opportunities!


Year Round Activities for Educators:

Classroom and out-of-classroom opportunities to engage students? Absolutely!

Arizona Water Festivals: This hands-on field day experience empowers students to become responsible water stewards, own their discoveries, generate real water and cost savings, and communicate their findings to the public.

Arizona Renaissance Festival Essay Contest: The Renaissance Festival, Bear Essential News and Arizona SciTech are promoting student days of science with essay contests for all ages.

Science Fairs: Students are invited to showcase past and present interactive Science Fair projects at various Arizona SciTech Festival events.

You Can Do The Rubik's Cube Tournament: Compete to solve everyone’s favorite puzzle.