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February 15
@ 9:00 am
- 4:30 pm


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February 15
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Pima County Fair Grounds
11300 S. Houghton Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85747 United States
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Vail School District


Arts, Culture & Social Science, Engineering, Technology & Computer Science
All Ages
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Vail School District
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Vail Pride Day


Did you know the city of Vail, as we know it today, was built on STEM?

It’s true. 

The Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce Reports that:

“With a decrease in mining activity and improvements in transportation and communication, the town of Vail dwindled from over 300 people to less than 10 people.

Even though the one-room school districts of Rincon and Pantano were merged into the Vail School District, student enrollment in the Vail School District sputtered along at about 40 students.

In 1930, two sisters named Esta and Lottie Trotter arrived to live at and teach in the Vail School. For the next 25 years, they were essentially the entire teaching staff at the school.

It was not until 1955 that the Vail School was connected to an electrical grid. And, as late as 1976, there was consideration of closing the school for lack of students.

In 1980 IBM announced it was opening a huge plant in Southeast Tucson, right in the heart of the Vail School District. The coming of IBM kicked off a spurt of growth in Southeast Tucson and Vail.

By 1990, student enrollment in VSD had reached 1,000 students and growth really took off from there. The IBM facility was transformed into the top-ranked University of Arizona Science and Technology Park. Anchored by Raytheon and IBM, the Park became a vibrant employment center of over 6,000 people. The size of the Park is expected to double in the next five to ten years. The Park, Davis-Monthan Airbase, and other employment centers, combined with the attraction of Arizona sunshine, resulted in a major housing boom in Vail.

Now in 2019, the Vail community is still growing. New neighborhoods are popping up throughout Southeast Tucson, Vail, Sahuarita, Corona de Tucson, and various other unincorporated areas. Additionally, commercial developers are eyeing the area with increasing interest. The Vail School District itself currently serves approximately 14,000 students and employs over 1,900 people.

Vail Pride Day is a celebration of the academic, artistic, scientific, and community achievements of over 13,000 students and nearly 2,000 staff members of the Vail Unified School District.

As part of the Scitech Festival we are pleased to highlight the STEM Showcase in Pueblo Hall where students can engage in many STEM activities, maker spaces, demonstrations, and interactive booths. It is a “hands on, minds on” event that will engage the whole family.

Saturday February 15th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.