AZ SCITECH FESTIVAL

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

In this section, you will find the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions. Have a question that isn’t on the list? Feel free to contact us with additional questions and suggestions.

Q: When does the Arizona SciTech Festival Season occur?
A: January 30th to February 28th – you can celebrate STEM every day. CLICK HERE for Festival Overview and ENGLISH worksheets or SPANISH worksheets. We explored ideas and discovered ways to have fun with STEM virtually this season! The entire family can enjoy fun activities while maintaining safe social distance.

Exploramos ideas y Descubrimos formas de tener divertido con STEM prácticamente este ¡temporada! Toda la familial puede disfrutar de actividades divertidas mientras se mantienen seguro distancia social.


Q: How do I participate?
A: Watch live streaming videos, participate in panel discussions, log on for interactive activities, and more! You can use the calendar on this page to plan the events you’ll attend.

Ver en directo transmisión en vivo en videos, participate en paneles de discusión, inicie sesión para actividades interactivas, ¡y más! Puedes usar el calendario en esta página para planificar los eventos a los que asistirás.


Q: How do I participate?
A: Watch live streaming videos, participate in panel discussions, log on for interactive activities, and more! You can use the calendar on this page to plan the events you’ll attend.

Ver en directo transmisión en vivo en videos, participate en paneles de discusión, inicie sesión para actividades interactivas, ¡y más! Puedes usar el calendario en esta página para planificar los eventos a los que asistirás.


Q: What are the steps to attend?
A: 1. Go to scitechinstitute.org/festival/ to check out our schedule of events
2. Find events you want to attend and write them on this calendar.
3. Pull these calendar pages out and hang it up somewhere, like on your refrigerator or by a remote learning space!

1. Vaya a scitechinstitute.org/festival/ para ver nuestro horario de eventos.
2. Encuentra los eventos que quieras asistir y describe ellos en este calendario.
3.Arranca las páginas de estes calendario Y cuélgalo en alguna parte, como en su refrigerador o en un espacio de aprendizaje remoto!


Q: What if I can’t attend live?
A: NO PROBLEM! SciTech Institute will populate video feeds throughout the day, showcasing some truly amazing STEM experiences based on our themes.

¡NO HAY PROBLEMA! SciTech Institute poblará videos en todo el día, mostrando algunos realmente increíbles experiencias en STEM basado en nuestros temas.


Q: When can I join?
A: ANYTIME: explore hundreds of STEM activities by grade or topic.
LIVE: Register for special events to meet STEM professionals throughout Arizona.
SATURDAYS: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. visit the live virtual expo where SciTech collaborators will present hundreds of virtual STEM experiences (1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20/ 2/27).


Q: Where is the Festival located?
A: The Festival is a statewide initiative that features all types of events in more than 45 cities and towns in Arizona. It is a STEM and Innovation “umbrella” that, with collaborators, celebrates the wonders of science happening in our backyards! There were over 3,500 events in 2019! COVID-19 impacted gatherings in March and ultimately the Arizona SciTech Festival Signature and community events.


Q: What types of events are part of the Festival?
A: There is an event or activity for all ages – from three to 103! Attendees may find tours, hikes, demonstrations, debates, concerts, competitions, expos, street festivals, science cafes, or STEM parties. Find your interest: https://scitechinstitute.org/events/


Q: Are there certain ages that the Festival appeals to?
A: There is something for everyone. To find an age-appropriate activity, go to: https://scitechinstitute.org/events and use the event filter on the right side of the page to find type of event, age relevance, location, topics, etc.


Q: Is the Festival just for young students?
A: The festival is for all ages. Attend an event that fuels your curiosity!


Q: How can we keep up on what is happening through the Festival?
A: Sign up for the year-round SciTech Institute E-NEWSletter. It’s free! At the bottom of each website page, you will find a sign up form.


Q: Do you accept volunteers for the Festival?
A: We love Volunteers! The more the merrier! The Festival has interests for all ages. To sign up to be a volunteer, visit: https://scitechinstitute.org/volunteer-form/


Q: I live in Northern Arizona. How do I find out what’s happening in my part of the State?
A: Head to: https://scitechinstitute.org/events/and use the Filter on the top of page. Enter dates of interest, community, event type and more to find your event.


Q: How can a business get involved in the Festival? Volunteers, Sponsorship?
A: There are countless ways to get involved. Hosting tours, demonstrations at your business, offering speakers for projects, offering in-kind/trade services to support the Festival such as printing, exhibiting at events, and serving as a sponsor. For more information, visit: https://scitechinstitute.org/contact-us/


Q: What are the Festival dates?
A: The official Arizona SciTech Festival takes place annually during January (Ribbon Cutting at Connect2STEM) and through April (Celebration at Geek’s Night Out). However, the Festival offers STEM event postings and highlights of activities year-round.


Q: Why a Festival?
A: Because Arizona is a leader in science, technology and innovation — this should be celebrated! The Festival is geared to help Arizona’s education, economic and workforce needs. Arizona’s state and local leaders support this event as a vehicle for leveraging productive synergy among stakeholders in the scientific, educational, and business communities to increase the output of future leaders/innovators in STEM.


Q: What is the Arizona SciTech Festival all about?
A: The Festival offers activities that engage, inspire and spark imagination across communities. Through diverse programming Arizonans will develop a first-hand understanding of the importance of science and technology to Arizona’s past, present and future.


Q: So what can I actually do at this Festival?
A: What strikes your fancy? The Festival offers a rich variety of events and activities, ranging from concerts and plays to site visits, guided and walking tours, workshops and more. Check out our event listings to see which events spark your curiosity.


Q: Is it free or do I have to pay?
A: The Arizona SciTech Festival is mostly free and open to the public! However, there are about a dozen events (out of nearly 500) that require a fee. These events are clearly marked on the website schedule of events and in our printed program, so you will know when a fee is required.


Q: Is the Festival just for young students?
A: The festival is for all ages. Attend an event that fuels your curiosity!


Q: How do I get there?
A: Most of the events are accessible by public transportation. Please see the schedule of events for exact locations.


Q: What should I bring?
A: Yourself, your family and friends, and, your curiosity! Traveling outside of Arizona? Be sure to check out our following Sister Festivals hosted by world leading organizations: Science Festival Alliance, Bay Area, Cambridge Science Festival, Flagstaff Festival of Science, Las Vegas Science Festival, NC Science Festival, Philly Science Festival, San Diego Science Festival, Seattle Science Festival, and St. Petersburg Science Festival.

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Cindy Ruedy

STREET Team Lead

Dana Rasmussen

STREET Team Lead

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Denise Hicks

STREET Team Lead

Destiny Madaje

Destiny Madaje

Administrative Assistant, STREET Team Lead

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Dominique Browning

STREET Team Lead

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Don Ruedy

Tucson Liaison, STREET Team Lead

Enrique Garcia

STREET Team Lead

Lian Lorono

Jr. STREET Team Lead

Simon Lorono

Jr. STREET Team Lead

Jeremy Babendure

Executive Director

Kelly Greene

Chief Operations Officer, Director of Student Success

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Jasper Peña

Digital Systems Manager, STREET Team Lead

Kaci Fankhauser

STEM Ecosystem Coordinator, STREET Team Lead

FESTIVAL COLLABORATORS

Our AZ SciTech Collaborators have enthusiastically agreed to help us spread the word about the festival to family, friends, colleagues, and institutional contacts; host, organize, or coordinate one or more festival events; support the Festival through other means; volunteer; or all four!

 
Note: This list is not all inclusive of the 900+ collaborators around the state of Arizona.
  • American Express
  • Agua Fria Union High School District
  • Arizona Center for Nature Conservation
  • Arizona College Prep – Erie Campus
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Arizona Museum of Natural History
  • Arizona Parenting Magazine
  • Arizona Renaissance Festival
  • Arizona Science Bowl
  • Arizona Science Center
  • Arizona State University
  • Avondale Public Library
  • Basha High School
  • Beaver Creek School
  • C.O. Greenfield School
  • Canyon Ridge School
  • Canyon Springs School
  • Casa Grande Union High School
  • Chandler Unified School District
  • Children’s Museum of Phoenix
  • Children’s Museum Tucson
  • Circle Cross Ranch K-8 STEM Academy
  • City of Avondale
  • City of Buckeye
  • City of Casa Grande
  • City of Chandler
  • City of El Mirage
  • City of Glendale
  • City of Scottsdale
  • City of Surprise
  • City of Tempe
  • Cortina STEAM Committee
  • Cox Communications
  • Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
  • Deer Valley Unified School District
  • Eastern Arizona College
  • Education Empowers
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Glendale Public Library
  • i.d.e.a. Museum
  • LA Galaxy
  • Luke Air Force Base
  • Maricopa Ak-Chin STEAM Foundation, Inc.
  • Maricopa Community Colleges
  • McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
  • Mesa Public Schools
  • Mesquite High School
  • Metcalf Elementary School
  • Microsoft 
  • New World Learning Academy
  • PADT
  • Paradise Valley Community College
  • Paradise Valley Community College – Black Mountain Campus
  • Paradise Valley Schools
  • Phoenix Public Library
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • Pueblo Grande Museum
  • Salpointe Catholic High School
  • Sahuarita Unified School District
  • Sierra Verde Elementary School
  • Southwest Maker Fest
  • Strong TIES
  • Town of Queen Creek
  • UA BIO5 Institute
  • University of Arizona College of Science
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
  • USDA-ARS, Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center
  • Verde Valley Archaeology Center
  • Verizon
  • Villago Middle School
  • West-MEC
  • Zovio