The AZ SciTech Festival is Arizona’s annual statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The festival includes events like air fairs, maker fairs, and hands-on sustainability days. There are even opportunities to get behind the scenes in the labs at Arizona State University (#1 in Innovation). There is something to appeal to kids, adults, educators, scientists, artists, and you.
Arizonans of all ages will be able to do all of this and much more at the 2020 Arizona SciTech Festival, the state’s annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), from Jan. 25 through April 30, 2020.
Now in its ninth year, the SciTech Festival isn’t a single-day event. It is the country’s third-largest science festival with more than 800 organizations partnering to present more than 2,300 events throughout the year.
Started by the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Science Center, SciTech Institute, Arizona Board of Regents, The University of Arizona and Arizona State University, the Arizona SciTech Festival is a wildly successful grassroots collaboration.
The festival offers abundant opportunities for kids, teens and adults to explore STEM across the state through interactive events, workshops, exhibitions, displays, lectures, and tours. Best of all, most SciTech events are free!
Here is just a sampling of the events coming up. Many more great events coming up in the next few months. Remember the SciTech Festival lasts until April 30. for more info, check dates and times on their website.
Buckeye Air Fair
All FREE! Indulge your interest in aviation and come see vintage and military aircraft, with a 2-hour airshow at noon each day. While you’re there, enjoy live entertainment, too. More info here.
- Saturday and Sunday, February 7 through 9, 2020, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Buckeye Municipal Airport
I Love Science Day
Unleash your inner scientist with hands-on crafts and demos, plus find out more from representatives from different careers in STEM. They also have ideas for science fair projects, which can be a challenge for parents and kids, alike. Find out more, here.
This event costs: $2-$7
- Saturday, February 15, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Arizona Museum of Natural History
Chandler Science Spectacular
Chandler uses ‘sneaky science’ by entertaining the whole family while explaining how science is important to daily life. Check out interactive demonstrations by Chandler’s technology companies along with the next generation of science from ASU, UofA and more, FREE. More information is available here.
- Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Downtown Chandler
ASU Open Door Downtown Phoenix
The FREE ASU Open Door @ Downtown Phoenix offers interactive activities, tours and a behind the scenes look into what powers a world-class university. Tour the Cronkite School’s state-of-the-art media complex. Check out the College of Health Solutions nutrition kitchen, or investigate cadavers. Then, create your own kid-friendly comic strip and get a glimpse of the new Beus Center for Law and Society. Whether your dream is to work in health, be a news reporter or be a future public service leader – ASU Open Door @ Downtown Phoenix is pure family fun.
- Saturday, February 8, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- ASU Downtown Campus
6th Annual Southwest Maker Fest
The FREE Southwest Maker Fest (SWMF) is a collaborative regional festival and community of makers seeking to achieve the vision of a connected community, empowered by creativity. The SWMF mission is to celebrate, engage, and inspire the maker in each of us. Immerse yourself in creative experiences.
- Saturday, February 15, 2020, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Downtown Mesa
SWMF is a place where you can:
- enjoy a free outdoor event in downtown Mesa
- see ideas brought to life
- participate in hands-on activities…everywhere!
- join in community projects
- mingle with local makers
- explore the i.d.e.a. Museum, open FREE throughout SWMF (usually $9 for children and adults)
- More information about the fest is here.
Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix Campus
411 N Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Pepper Place in Downtown Mesa