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What are Science Festivals?

Science Festivals are large events that engage the public in science of all shapes and kinds. It's an excellent way to captivate people of all ages in science and show off the ways science can be fun.

Look for a science festival in your area and get involved! Volunteer or just go and have fun. All Science Festivals are different, and there any number of different ways to volunteer! The Science Festival Alliance has a comprehensive list of Science Festivals all across the country. Below are just a few that are coming up!

USA Science and Engineering Festival

  World Science Festival

April 26 - 27, 2014

April 24-27, 2014, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. will turn into a huge science celebration, complete with an expo of more than 3,000 free, hands-on science activities for all age. There will be over 150 stage shows featuring music, magic, comedy and more, as well as a career pavilion and college fair for high school students and a book fair with more than 25 featured authors.
The USA Science & Engineering Festival is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Our exhibitors, performers, speakers, partners, sponsors and advisors are a who-is-who of science and engineering in the United States: from major academic centers and leading research institutes and government agencies to cutting-edge high tech companies, museums and community organizations. Learn more at their website.

Volunteer with SPS, AAPT, APS and OSA for BIG TOP PHYSICS at the festival!


World Science Festival

  World Science Festival

May 28 - June 1, 2014

The World Science Festival’s signature event is an annual celebration and exploration of science that launched in 2008. Hailed a “new cultural institution,” by The New York Times, the Festival has featured such luminaries as: Stephen Hawking, Edward O. Wilson, Sir Paul Nurse, Harold Varmus, James Watson, Francis Collins, John Holdren, David Baltimore, Saul Perlmutter, Daniel Dennett, Eric Lander, Steven Chu, Richard Leakey, George Ellis, Sylvia Earle, Oliver Sacks, Mary-Claire King, William Phillips, Paul Davies, Sir Roger Penrose, Tomás Saraceno, Lisa P. Jackson, Vinton Cerf, Jeffrey Eugenides, Joyce Carol Oates, and Elaine Fuchs. The first five Festivals have attracted almost one million visitors, and millions more have viewed the programs online. The World Science Festival also produces year-round live programming in New York City, nationally and internationally. Learn more at their website.


North Carolina Science Festival

  NC Science Festival

March 28 - April 13, 2014

The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.

The North Carolina Science Festival and others like it offer an opportunity to celebrate science in fun and welcoming settings. This Festival provides the opportunity to cultivate a positive environment that encourages children to pursue science-related careers and encourages businesses to invest in North Carolina.

In an era when recent reports indicate that the United States is losing ground as the world leader in science and technology, and fewer students than ever are pursuing careers in science and technology, the North Carolina Science Festival energizes our state’s effort to respond to these challenges while building new and stronger relationships among the education, business and cultural leaders who will lead that response.

Most importantly, scientists want everyone to know what they know – that science is fun!

The North Carolina Science Festival is an initiative of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.


Nebraska Science Festival

  NE Science Festival

April 24-27, 2014

The Nebraska Science Festival aims to stimulate curiosity and excite the minds of children and adults by engaging them in the amazing world of science. The festival features science-and technology-related activities across the Omaha area, all with the goal of making science accessible, interactive, relevant and fun for kids and adults alike.


Cambridge Science Festival

  Cambridge Science Festival

April 18-27, 2014

The Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a celebration showcasing fun and the leading edge in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math in our region.  A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun, highlighting the impact of STEM in all our lives.

The Cambridge Science Festival offers a wide range of STEM-related activities – lectures, debates, exhibitions, concerts, plays, workshops, etc. – over ten days at a variety of locations. Modeled on art, music, and movie festivals, the Cambridge Science Festival makes STEM part of the wider culture by illuminating the richness of scientific inquiry and the excitement of discovery.


Philadelphia Science Festival

  Philadelphia Science Festival

April 25 - May 3, 2014

The Philadelphia Science Festival is a ten-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April, featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages.

The Philadelphia Science Festival aims to provide opportunities for all Philadelphians to positively engage with and build a community around science, engineering, and technology by showcasing the role that each plays in the city and region.


Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival

  Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival

April 25 - May 3, 2014

The Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival highlights three core areas happening in our community:

Applied Science: The Science Behind the Scene
In Southern Nevada, we have a long history of applying science theory to real advancements, and that tradition continues today. Take a fascinating look behind the scenes to see how science still solves practical problems every day in our community.

Natural Science: Take a Walk on the Wild Side
We live just minutes away from amazing natural resources and incredible geological and environmental wonders.

Discover the wild side to environmental science and experience firsthand why our region attracts researchers from around the world and right here at home.

Health Science: To Your Health!
Learn more about the leading-edge healthcare and research facilities here in Southern Nevada and our region’s growing health-related research. You’ll see and experience advanced science in action for healthy bodies and healthy minds.


Imagine RIT

  Imagine RIT

May 3, 2014

Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival is a campus-wide event that showcases the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty and staff. Visitors experience the breadth and depth of RIT through interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, and research projects set up throughout campus. Inflatables, games and multiple performance stages with live music and entertainment are also a hit with visitors of all ages. Held annually each spring, Imagine RIT is the kickoff to Rochester’s rich festival season.

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