AZ STEM Festival
AZ STEM 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: 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!

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, Sponsorships

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 between February and March. However, the Festival offers STEM and Innovation event postings and highlights of activities and events 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.

The SciTech Festival Street Team

The Arizona SciTech STREET Team is the team that helps to support the Festival each year both during and outside of Festival season, especially our Signature Events. Our team is made up of full-time educators, homeschool parents, college students, scientists, and STEM professionals who all passionately work toward one common mission: to promote STEM and show that Arizona truly is a leader of STEM!

Cindy Ruedy

Cindy Ruedy

STREET Team Lead

Dana Rasmussen

Dana Rasmussen

STREET Team Lead

Denise Hicks

Denise Hicks

STREET Team Lead

Destiny Madaje

Destiny Madaje

Administrative Assistant, STREET Team Lead

Dominique Browning

Dominique Browning

STREET Team Lead

Don Ruedy

Don Ruedy

Tucson Liaison, STREET Team Lead

Enrique Garcia

Enrique Garcia

STREET Team Lead

Lian Lorono

Lian Lorono

Jr. STREET Team Lead

Simon Lorono

Simon Lorono

Jr. STREET Team Lead

Meet the Rest of the Foundation Team!

The SciTech Institute, formerly known as the Arizona Technology Council Foundation, is the Foundation that encompasses multiple top STEM programs including the Arizona SciTech Festival and the Chief Science Officers Program. Meet the rest of the team!

Jeremy Babendure

Jeremy Babendure

Executive Director

Kelly Greene

Kelly Greene

Chief Operations Officer, Director of Student Success

Jasper Peña

Jasper Peña

Digital Systems Manager, STREET Team Lead

Kaci Fankhauser

Kaci Fankhauser

STEM Ecosystem Coordinator, STREET Team Lead

Program 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!

  • 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
  • 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
  • New World Learning Academy
  • 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
  • Villago Middle School
  • West-MEC