THA will be hosting it’s 3rd annual free community STEM Festival on Sunday, March 26th from 10-2 on its campus. At last year’s event, over 75 different hands-on interactive exhibits and activities were enjoyed by over 1500 visitors from all over Tucson. This year, an art element is being added to convert STEM to STEAM.
Why art? “Art is vital to STEM education because being able to solve real-world problems and build amazing things requires a great deal of creativity. People need to be able to think outside the box in order to find the best solutions to challenges” says Jennifer Lehrfeld, STEM Coordinator and Science Department Head at Tucson Hebrew Academy. “In addition, those in professional art careers are also using technology and the scientific process in their own daily work. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
This festival is different from other STEM festivals because it’s geared toward families and younger learners. Children are in awe of the world around them and STEAM is the perfect way to open the door to lifelong inquisitive learning. Visitors at the festival will be given the opportunity to witness amazing science “magic” and interact in ways that they can’t at other festivals. Every booth presents material with a hands-on activity or interactive experience so that every visitor can learn through doing.
The Desert Museum will run two live animal shows- Creatures of the Night and Southern Arizona Rocketry Association will be holding a build-and-fly rocketry event so spectators can witness rocket launches all day. Physics Bus SW is in town and will be parked for the day so visitors can experiment and play with physics and chemistry and House Herp will be on hand for plenty of hands-on reptile fun. Local artists will also be on hand to demonstrate their craft and allow visitors to explore the STEM techniques behind their work.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of our amazing exhibitors: Arizona-
Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona Project Wet, Southern Arizona Rocketry Association, Arizona CATalyst, House Herp Reptile Educators, First Robotics, eNable Tucson, New Pueblo 3D Technology, Citizens for Solar, Insect Discovery, The Physics Factory, Pima Kids, UA Cardiology Outreach, UA Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, Tucson Wildlife Center, Tucson Electric Power, Raytheon, Tucson Organic Gardeners, American Chemical Society, Upcycle Tucson, North Street Studio, Southern Regional Crime Lab and more!!
See you on Sunday, March 26th from 10-2 on the THA campus- 3888 E. River Rd., just east of the JCC.