Science City at the 2017 Festival
Science City / December 16, 2016
The following organizations are offering activities during the Festival. Tent locations will be updated in February. Learn more about the topics you're interested in by reading one of the recommended books.
Learn the basic principles of flight.
- AIAA Aerospace Design Engineers Guide 4th Edition by AIAA
Learn about the do's and don'ts of pest management.
- Handbook on Pests of Community Environments in the Desert Southwest U.S. by Nair et al.
Poison, venom, danger! Interactive fun about poisons, venomous creatures.
- Poison! Beware! by Steve Skidmore
Participate in hands-on conservation activities.
- Material Characterization Tests for Objects of Art and Archaeology by Odegaard, Carroll, Zimmt
Learn about cavern research and participate in adventures in conservation.
- Nightsong by Ari Berk
- Cave Minerals of the World by Carol Hill and Paolo Forti
- America's Neighborhood Bats by Merlin D. Tuttle
Discover art in science with harmanographs, light and hexaflexagons.
- Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music by Anthony Ashton
- Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions: The First 'Scientific American' Book of Puzzles and Games by Martin Gardner
- My Light by Molly Bang
Use your senses to experience the wonders of the Sonoran Desert.
- Earth Education: A New Beginning by Steve Van Matre
- Earthkeepers by Steve Van Matre and Bruce Johnson
- Acclimitization by Steve Van Matre
Taste the health benefits of legumes and learn about seed banks.
- Father Kino's Herbs by Dr. Jacqueline Soule
- Legumes of Arizona: An Illustrated Flora and Reference by M. Johnson, K. Lake, and contributing authors
- Southwest Fruit and Vegetable Gardening by Dr. Jacqueline Soule
Discover the ecology of the Southwest with animal-themed board games.
- Reptiles and Amphibians of The Sonoran Desert by Jim Rorabaugh
Eat nourishing bugs and discuss farming and health in the third world.
- Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier
- The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook by David George Gordon
- Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food by Pamela C Ronald and Raoul W. Adamchak
Learn about proteins and extract your own DNA.
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lax by Rebecca Skloot
Speak with people all over the world. Discover communication using radios.
- All About Ham Radio by Harry Helms
- Technician Class License Manual by Gordon West with Eric P. Nichols
Learn flight characteristics by folding paper airplanes and testing them.
- Kid's Paper Airplane Book by Ken Blackburn & Jeff Lammers
- The Pima Air & Space Museum by James Stemm
Learn how sharks and fish play an important role in our oceans.
- The Edge of the Sea of Cortez by Marilyn Malone
- The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson
Virtually tour the MMT Observatory, one of the largest optical telescopes.
- Observatories of the Southwest: A Guide for Curious Skywatchers by Douglas Isbell and Stephen E. Strom
- A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky by Michael Driscoll
Explore color-mixing and how our eyes see color.
- Press Here by Herve Tullet
- Mix it Up! by Herve Tullet
Walk in a life-sized camera at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.
Learn how to save seeds; take some home to plant in your garden.
- Seed Saving in the Southwest by Joy Hought and Melissa Kruse-Peeples
Explore NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission heading for Bennu.
- There's No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System by Tish Rabe, Aristides Ruiz, Dr. Seuss (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library Series)
- Asteroids, Comets and Meteoroids by Steve Kortenkamp
Take a look at cooking, kitchen safety and local foods.
- Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Masumoto
Give me an "A," from STEM to STEAM! Join us for creative activities.
- STEM to STEAM: Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate the Arts by David A. Sousa
Rockets to the rescue: Use imagination and engineering to solve problems.
- Rockets to the Rescue by Kirk Astroth
Go with your gut: Learn about the benefits of probiotics from food.
- The Garden Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy Recipes you'll Love by Garden Kitchen Staff
Learn how to become a more successful gardener.
- Master Gardener Handbook by Master gardeners of Pima County
- Landscape Plants for Dry Regions by Warren Jones and Charles Sacamano
- Plants for Dry Climates by Mary Rose Duffield and Warren Jones
Learn about efficient irrigation and sustainable landscapes.
- Cool Plants for Hot Gardens by Greg Starr
Hold rocks from space that are older than the Earth.
- Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites by Steve Kortenkamp
- The Planets of the Solar System by Steve Kortenkamp
She blinded me with science: Experiments with light and color.
- Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
- The Magic School Bus Makes A Rainbow: A Book About Color by Joanna Cole
Come build a paper rocket and watch it fly.
- I Am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer
Discover the wireless world of signals that surround you every day.
- The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Spend a day in the forensics laboratory and see what makes you unique.
- Fingerprints: Dead People Do Tell Tales by Chana Stiefel
- Racial and Ethnic Minority Students' Success in STEM Education by Samuel D Museus; Robert T Palmer; Ryan J Davis; Dina C Maramba; Kelly Ward; Lisa Wolf-Wendel
Discover scientific principles by participating in activities for all ages.
- Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin
- Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Be an archaeologist for a day: How do artifacts reveal Arizona’s past?
- Fragile Patterns: The Archaeology of the Western Papaguería by Jeffrey H. Altschul and Adrianne G. Rankin
- Uncovering Identity in Mortuary Analysis: Community-Sensitive Methods for Identifying Group Affiliation in Historical-Period Cemeteries by Michael Heilen
Leaving "no child inside" with biodiversity. Peek into STEAM.
- Transboundary Conservation by Russel A. Mittermeier, et al
- A Climate for Life by Russel A. Mittermeier, et al
- Freshwater by Russel A. Mittermeier, et al
Each brain matters. Participate in activities about brain disorders.
- The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman
- Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It by JoAnn Deak PhD and Sarah Ackerley
- Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple by Stephen Goldberg, MD
Experience hands-on learning with ocean artifacts like shark jaws.
- Reef Fishes of the Sea of Cortez by Thomson, Findley, and Kerstitch
- Sharks of the World by David A. Ebert, Sarah Fowler, and leonard Campagno
Explore the world of miniatures and see it in a magical light.
- The Art & Science of Portrait Miniatures by Jennifer Streb and Richard Hark, The Juniata College Museum of Art
Get to know pollinators and learn their importance in the natural world.
- Butterflies of Tohono Chul by Feyrer, Sue
- Ghost Wings (children’s book) by Joosse, Barbara M.
- History and Usage by Balick, Michael J.
Oh, what a relief it is! A brief history of printmaking as an art form.
- Basic Printmaking Techniques by Bernard Toale (ISBN 978-0871922373)
- The Complete Printmaker by John Ross (ISBN 0029273722)
- Relief Printmaking by Katie Clemson (ISBN 0394568532)
Learn about model eclipses in advance of the Great American Solar Eclipse.
- Find the Constellations by H.A. Rey
- Star-Hopping for Backyard Astronomers by Alan MacRobert
- George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking
Aquaponics: grow great-tasting food using less water, energy and effort.
- Recirculating Aquaculture by Michael B. Timmons, PhD and James Ebeling, PhD
- Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together by Sylvia Bernstein
- Olomana Gardens Aquaponics by Glenn Martinez
Learn about native plants of the Sonoran Desert!
- Mountain Wildflowers of Southern Arizona by Frank S. Rose
See how science inspires art and how art inspires science.
- The Art of Space by Ron Miller
- Out of the Cradle by Dr. William K. Hartmann, Ron Miller & Pamela Lee
- The Grand Tour by Ron Miller & Dr. William K. Hartmann
Real brains, eye-hand coordination, kid games, reaction times and more.
- Society for Neuroscience 'Brain Facts' by Society for Neuroscience
Join us as we build toward a future among the stars.
- Ad Astra: The Magazine of the National Space Society by National Space Society
We are wired to build, are you? Come interact directly with robots.
- First Robotics by Vince Wilczynski & Stephanie Slezycki
- Elementary Robotics by John Stephen Heffernan
- Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets by Teri Karvinen & Kimmo Karvinen
Play with things that beep, hiss and rock.
- Methods for Estimating Magnitude and Frequency of Floods in Arizona, Developed with Unregulated and Rural Peak-Flow Data through Water - Year 2010 by Nicholas V. Paretti, Jeffery R. Kennedy, Lovina A. Turney, and Andrea G. Veilleux
- Hydrology of the Middle San Pedro Watershed, Southeastern Arizona by Jeffrey T. Cordova, Jesse E. Dickinson, Kimberly R. Beisner, Candice B. Hopkins, Jeffrey R. Kennedy, D.R. Pool, Edward P. Glenn, Pamela L. Nagler, and Blakemore E. Thomas
Visit our honey bees and learn how they ensure our food supply.
- The Hive and the Honey Bee by L.L. Langstroth et al.
How do you create #BetterTomorrows? Research at BIO5 is key.
- Interdisciplinary Research: Case Studies from Health and Social Science by Frank Kessel, Patricia Rosenfield (ISBN ISBN 0195324277)
Make a lung and conduct your own experiments to learn about biochemistry.
- Brain Facts by Louis Vera-Portocarrero
Learn about Earth systems from soil to water with fun, hands-on models.
Get to know the best trees for southwestern climates; join a tree tour.
- Care of Desert Adapted Plants by Fletcher and Waterfall
- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Watch photography develop before your eyes with a hands-on experiment.
- Ansel Adams by Karen A. Haas and Rebecca A. Senf
Washing dollars down the drain: Water counts, take an audit.
- The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape by Laura Allen
Meet optical scientists to discuss research and see laser demonstrations.
Chemistry is everywhere. Take party in hands-on chemistry demonstrations.
- The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change by Martin Silberberg
Use computer science to create the software for your everyday life.
- Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things by Carlos Bueno
- The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
- Hello World! Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners by Warren Sande, Carter Sande
Learn about earthquakes, minerals and volcanoes with UA Geosciences.
- Geology Rocks!: 50 Hands-On Activities to Explore the Earth by Cindy Blobaum and Michael Kline
Discover the wonderful world of microbes and your immune system.
- Janeway's Immunobiology by Kenneth Murphy
- Flu by Gina Kolata
Discover how geometric patterns yield beautiful artwork.
- Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy
- Really Big Numbers by Richard Evan Schwartz
Satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings with Mother Nature's sweetest treat.
- Stargold the Food Fairy by Claudia Lemay, RD
Explore the tree of life and food webs, and meet a bearded dragon.
- Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth by Rochelle Strauss and Margot Thompson
Take flight in the Planetarium Theater and explore hands-on exhibits.
Experience the science of food quality and food safety.
- The Meat Buyer's Guide by North American Meat Processors Association
Plants and fungi: Tour a research museum and try activities for all ages.
Tour the largest specimen collection in Arizona. Tickets in Science City.
Discover the world of insects, cuddle cockroaches, dig for decomposers.
- 50 Common Insects of the Desert Southwest by Carl Olson
Discover the intriguing world of tree-ring science.
Play with virtual reality, 3D models and e-textiles at the UA Library.
Learn how the brain processes language and see your tongue with ultrasound.
- The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
- What Language Is by John McWhorter
- The Atoms of Language by Mark Baker
Exploring solar system extremes — biggest, smallest, hottest and coldest.
- The Planets of the Solar System by Steve Kortenkamp
- Mars Exploration Rovers by Steve Kortenkamp
- Asteroids, Comets, and Meteoroids by Steve Kortenkamp
Explore our solar system and beyond: Planets, moons, and more.
- LPL Reading List by LPL-affiliated authors
Harmonographs, paper folding, random patterns show math in the real world.
- Musical Acoustics by A H Benade
Explore and understand the molecules of life.
- Life's Greatest Secret: The Race to Crack the Genetic Code by Matthew Cobb
- The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
- Endless Forms Most Beautiful by Sean Carroll
Make paint and pigments from minerals and natural materials.
- The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pigments, Prints and More from Nature by Nick Neddo
Tour Arizona’s most-comprehensive zoological museum for free.
Learn to grow gourmet mushrooms on landscape and consumer waste.
- Conspectus of World Ethnomycology by Frank Dugan
Discover brick-making and solar lights in homes around the world.
- Uncommon Journeys: Peace Corps Adventures Across Cultures/Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools by U.S. Peace Corps - edited multiple authors
- Homes for a Changing Climate: Adapting Our Homes and Communities to Cope with the Climate of the 21st Century by Will Anderson
- If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche
Explore "DIY physics" using materials found at home ...with instructions.
- The Flying Circus of Physics by Jearl Walker
Lab tours, DIY physics projects for kids, public lecture on gravity waves.
Use problem-solving to explore and manage Tucson's water resources.
- Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 by Project WET Foundation
- Discover a Watershed: The Colorado Educator Guide by Project WET Foundation
See the largest telescope mirrors in the world. Tickets at Visitors Center.
Explore the past and present connections between people, culture and food.
- Growing with Community Gardening by Mary Lee Coe
- A Patch of Eden: America's Inner City Gardens by H. Patricia Hynes
Be creative with an illuminated bookmark from the School of Information.
- Logic and the Organization of Information by Professor Martin Fricke
- Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the age of Jim Crow by Cheryl Knott
Hands-on fun exploring the brain.
- The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D.
- The Tell-Tale Brain by V.S Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D.
- The Body Has a Mind of Its Own by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee
See the amazing details of the sun.
- My Place in Space by Robin Hirst, Roland Harvey
Learn about Arizona’s venomous creatures and get a temporary tattoo.
- Silk and Venom: Searching for a Dangerous Spider by Kathryn Lansky
- Alice: A Story of Friendship by Bill Vermooten
- Katie of the Sonoran Desert by Kate Jackson
Create a scale model of our solar system and compare other star systems.
- Turn Left at Orion by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis
Learn how to keep water safe by doing water-quality investigations.
- DNA: The Science of Life by James Watson