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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Science City at the 2017 Festival

Science City / February 17, 2017

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.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Learn the basic principles of flight.
Recommended reading:
  • AIAA Aerospace Design Engineers Guide 4th Edition by AIAA
Arizona Pest Management Center
Learn about the do's and don'ts of pest management.
Recommended reading:
  • Handbook on Pests of Community Environments in the Desert Southwest U.S. by Nair et al.
Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center
Poison, venom, danger! Interactive fun about poisons, venomous creatures.
Recommended reading:
  • Poison! Beware! by Steve Skidmore
Arizona State Museum
Participate in hands-on conservation activities.
Recommended reading:
  • Material Characterization Tests for Objects of Art and Archaeology by Odegaard, Carroll, Zimmt
Arizona State Parks - Kartchner Caverns State Park
Learn about cavern research and participate in adventures in conservation.
Recommended reading:
  • 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.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
Cooper Center for Environmental Learning
Use your senses to experience the wonders of the Sonoran Desert.
Recommended reading:
  • Earth Education: A New Beginning by Steve Van Matre
  • Earthkeepers by Steve Van Matre and Bruce Johnson
  • Acclimitization by Steve Van Matre
Desert Legume and Seed Banking Program of Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Taste the health benefits of legumes and learn about seed banks.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
El Aribabi Conservation Ranch
Discover the ecology of the Southwest with animal-themed board games.
Recommended reading:
  • Reptiles and Amphibians of The Sonoran Desert by Jim Rorabaugh
Heifer International
Eat nourishing bugs and discuss farming and health in the third world.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
Ironwood Ridge High School SMART Team
Learn about proteins and extract your own DNA.
Recommended reading:
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lax by Rebecca Skloot
K7UAZ Amateur Radio Club
Speak with people all over the world. Discover communication using radios.
Recommended reading:
  • All About Ham Radio by Harry Helms
  • Technician Class License Manual by Gordon West with Eric P. Nichols
Kuiper Circle Community Outreach
Learn flight characteristics by folding paper airplanes and testing them.
Recommended reading:
  • Kid's Paper Airplane Book by Ken Blackburn & Jeff Lammers
  • The Pima Air & Space Museum by James Stemm
Marine Awareness and Conservation Society
Learn how sharks and fish play an important role in our oceans.
Recommended reading:
  • The Edge of the Sea of Cortez by Marilyn Malone
  • The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson
Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT) Observatory
Virtually tour the MMT Observatory, one of the largest optical telescopes.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
National Art Education Association Student Chapter
Explore color-mixing and how our eyes see color.
Recommended reading:
  • Press Here by Herve Tullet
  • Mix it Up! by Herve Tullet
National Optical Astronomy Observatory / Open House
Walk in a life-sized camera at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.
Native Seeds/SEARCH
Learn how to save seeds; take some home to plant in your garden.
Recommended reading:
  • Seed Saving in the Southwest by Joy Hought and Melissa Kruse-Peeples
OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission
Explore NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission heading for Bennu.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
Pima Community College
Take a look at cooking, kitchen safety and local foods.
Recommended reading:
  • Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Masumoto
Pima Community College STEAM Innovation Club
Give me an "A," from STEM to STEAM! Join us for creative activities.
Recommended reading:
  • STEM to STEAM: Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate the Arts by David A. Sousa
Pima County 4-H
Rockets to the rescue: Use imagination and engineering to solve problems.
Recommended reading:
  • Rockets to the Rescue by Kirk Astroth
Pima County Cooperative Extension: The Garden Kitchen
Go with your gut: Learn about the benefits of probiotics from food.
Recommended reading:
  • The Garden Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy Recipes you'll Love by Garden Kitchen Staff
Pima County Master Gardeners
Learn how to become a more successful gardener.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
Pima Smartscape
Learn about efficient irrigation and sustainable landscapes.
Recommended reading:
  • Cool Plants for Hot Gardens by Greg Starr
Planetary Science Institute
Hold rocks from space that are older than the Earth.
Recommended reading:
  • Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites by Steve Kortenkamp
  • The Planets of the Solar System by Steve Kortenkamp
Program to Advance Women Scientists
She blinded me with science: Experiments with light and color.
Recommended reading:
  • 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.
Recommended reading:
  • I Am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer
Rincon Research Corp.
Discover the wireless world of signals that surround you every day.
Recommended reading:
  • The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Spend a day in the forensics laboratory and see what makes you unique.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
SARSEF: Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation
Discover scientific principles by participating in activities for all ages.
Recommended reading:
  • Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin
  • Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Statistical Research
Be an archaeologist for a day: How do artifacts reveal Arizona’s past?
Recommended reading:
  • 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
The Biodiversity Group
Leaving "no child inside" with biodiversity. Peek into STEAM.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
The Center for Neurosciences Foundation
Each brain matters. Participate in activities about brain disorders.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
The Fin Foundation
Experience hands-on learning with ocean artifacts like shark jaws.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
Explore the world of miniatures and see it in a magical light.
Recommended reading:
  • The Art & Science of Portrait Miniatures by Jennifer Streb and Richard Hark, The Juniata College Museum of Art
Tohono Chul
Get to know pollinators and learn their importance in the natural world.
Recommended reading:
  • Butterflies of Tohono Chul by Feyrer, Sue
  • Ghost Wings (children’s book) by Joosse, Barbara M.
  • History and Usage by Balick, Michael J.
Tohono Chul Park
Oh, what a relief it is! A brief history of printmaking as an art form.
Recommended reading:
  • Basic Printmaking Techniques by Bernard Toale (ISBN 978-0871922373)
  • The Complete Printmaker by John Ross (ISBN 0029273722)
  • Relief Printmaking by Katie Clemson (ISBN 0394568532)
Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association
Learn about model eclipses in advance of the Great American Solar Eclipse.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
Tucson AquaPonics Project
Aquaponics: grow great-tasting food using less water, energy and effort.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
Tucson Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society
Learn about native plants of the Sonoran Desert!
Recommended reading:
  • Mountain Wildflowers of Southern Arizona by Frank S. Rose
Tucson Chapter of the International Association of Astronomical Artists
See how science inspires art and how art inspires science.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
Tucson Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
Real brains, eye-hand coordination, kid games, reaction times and more.
Recommended reading:
  • Society for Neuroscience 'Brain Facts' by Society for Neuroscience
Tucson L5 Space Society
Join us as we build toward a future among the stars.
Recommended reading:
  • Ad Astra: The Magazine of the National Space Society by National Space Society
TUSD Palo Verde High Magnet School Robotics Team
We are wired to build, are you? Come interact directly with robots.
Recommended reading:
  • First Robotics by Vince Wilczynski & Stephanie Slezycki
  • Elementary Robotics by John Stephen Heffernan
  • Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets by Teri Karvinen & Kimmo Karvinen
U. S. Geological Survey
Play with things that beep, hiss and rock.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service
Visit our honey bees and learn how they ensure our food supply.
Recommended reading:
  • The Hive and the Honey Bee by L.L. Langstroth et al.
UA BIO5 Institute
How do you create #BetterTomorrows? Research at BIO5 is key.
Recommended reading:
  • Interdisciplinary Research: Case Studies from Health and Social Science by Frank Kessel, Patricia Rosenfield (ISBN ISBN 0195324277)
UA Biochemistry Club
Make a lung and conduct your own experiments to learn about biochemistry.
Recommended reading:
  • Brain Facts by Louis Vera-Portocarrero
UA Biosphere 2
Learn about Earth systems from soil to water with fun, hands-on models.
Recommended reading:
  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
UA Campus Arboretum
Get to know the best trees for southwestern climates; join a tree tour.
Recommended reading:
  • Care of Desert Adapted Plants by Fletcher and Waterfall
  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
UA Center for Creative Photography
Watch photography develop before your eyes with a hands-on experiment.
Recommended reading:
  • Ansel Adams by Karen A. Haas and Rebecca A. Senf
UA College of Agriculture and Life Science - Graham County
Washing dollars down the drain: Water counts, take an audit.
Recommended reading:
  • The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape by Laura Allen
UA College of Optical Sciences / Open House
Meet optical scientists to discuss research and see laser demonstrations.
UA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemistry is everywhere. Take part in hands-on chemistry demonstrations.
Recommended reading:
  • The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change by Martin Silberberg
UA Department of Computer Science
Use computer science to create the software for your everyday life.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
UA Department of Geosciences
Learn about earthquakes, minerals and volcanoes with UA Geosciences.
Recommended reading:
  • Geology Rocks!: 50 Hands-On Activities to Explore the Earth by Cindy Blobaum and Michael Kline
UA Department of Immunobiology
Discover the wonderful world of microbes and your immune system.
Recommended reading:
  • Janeway's Immunobiology by Kenneth Murphy
  • Flu by Gina Kolata
UA Department of Mathematics
Discover how geometric patterns yield beautiful artwork.
Recommended reading:
  • Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy
  • Really Big Numbers by Richard Evan Schwartz
UA Department of Nutritional Sciences
Satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings with Mother Nature's sweetest treat.
Recommended reading:
  • Stargold the Food Fairy by Claudia Lemay, RD
UA Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Explore the tree of life and food webs, and meet a bearded dragon.
Recommended reading:
  • Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth by Rochelle Strauss and Margot Thompson
UA Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium / Open House
Take flight in the Planetarium Theater and explore hands-on exhibits.
UA Food Product and Safety Lab
Experience the science of food quality and food safety.
Recommended reading:
  • The Meat Buyer's Guide by North American Meat Processors Association
UA Herbaria / Open House
Plants and fungi: Tour a research museum and try activities for all ages.
UA Insect Collection / Open House
Tour the largest specimen collection in Arizona. Tickets in Science City.
UA Insect Discovery
Discover the world of insects, cuddle cockroaches, dig for decomposers.
Recommended reading:
  • 50 Common Insects of the Desert Southwest by Carl Olson
UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research / Open House
Discover the intriguing world of tree-ring science.
UA Libraries / Open House
Play with virtual reality, 3D models and e-textiles at the UA Library.
UA Linguistics
Learn how the brain processes language and see your tongue with ultrasound.
Recommended reading:
  • The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
  • What Language Is by John McWhorter
  • The Atoms of Language by Mark Baker
UA Lunar and Planetary Lab, Teaching Teams Program
Exploring solar system extremes — biggest, smallest, hottest and coldest.
Recommended reading:
  • The Planets of the Solar System by Steve Kortenkamp
  • Mars Exploration Rovers by Steve Kortenkamp
  • Asteroids, Comets, and Meteoroids by Steve Kortenkamp
UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Graduate Students
Explore our solar system and beyond: Planets, moons, and more.
Recommended reading:
  • LPL Reading List by LPL-affiliated authors
UA Mathematics Road Show
Harmonographs, paper folding, random patterns show math in the real world.
Recommended reading:
  • Musical Acoustics by A H Benade
UA Molecular and Cellular Biology
Explore and understand the molecules of life.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
UA Museum of Art
Make paint and pigments from minerals and natural materials.
Recommended reading:
  • The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pigments, Prints and More from Nature by Nick Neddo
UA Museum of Natural History / Tour
Tour Arizona’s most-comprehensive zoological museum for free.
UA MycoCats
Learn to grow gourmet mushrooms on landscape and consumer waste.
Recommended reading:
  • Conspectus of World Ethnomycology by Frank Dugan
UA Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows
Discover brick-making and solar lights in homes around the world.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
UA Physics Department
Explore "DIY physics" using materials found at home ...with instructions.
Recommended reading:
  • The Flying Circus of Physics by Jearl Walker
UA Physics Department / Open House and Tour
Lab tours, DIY physics projects for kids, public lecture on gravity waves.
UA Project WET
Use problem-solving to explore and manage Tucson's water resources.
Recommended reading:
  • Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 by Project WET Foundation
  • Discover a Watershed: The Colorado Educator Guide by Project WET Foundation
UA Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab / Tour
See the largest telescope mirrors in the world. Tickets at Visitors Center.
UA School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Science
E. coli & salmonellas can be sticky fellas! Learn to keep your food safe.
UA School of Anthropology
Explore the past and present connections between people, culture and food.
Recommended reading:
  • Growing with Community Gardening by Mary Lee Coe
  • A Patch of Eden: America's Inner City Gardens by H. Patricia Hynes
UA School of Information
Be creative with an illuminated bookmark from the School of Information.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
UA School of Mind, Brain and Behavior
Hands-on fun exploring the brain.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
UA Science Sky School at Mt. Lemmon
See the amazing details of the sun.
Recommended reading:
  • My Place in Space by Robin Hirst, Roland Harvey
UA VIPER Institute and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Learn about Arizona’s venomous creatures and get a temporary tattoo.
Recommended reading:
  • 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
Vatican Observatory
Create a scale model of our solar system and compare other star systems.
Recommended reading:
  • Turn Left at Orion by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis
Wildcat Water Lab
Learn how to keep water safe by doing water-quality investigations.
Recommended reading:
  • DNA: The Science of Life by James Watson

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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