2019 Arizona SciTech Festival Kicks Off with Record Number of Events

Arizona Commerce Authority | January 31, 2019

Thousands turned out over the weekend for the kick-off of the Arizona SciTech Festival, the state’s annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Connect2STEM event at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus drew hundreds who participated in more than 150 hands-on STEM activities.

The Connect2STEM event, presented by the University of Arizona, in partnership with Cox Communications, marks the beginning of the two-month festival, which features a record 3,500+ events in communities.

“A talent pipeline with strong STEM skills is increasingly critical in the technology-driven 21st century economy,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “That’s why we’re very pleased to once again to present the Arizona SciTech Festival, which plays a leading role in exciting students about STEM and inspiring them to pursue an education in these fields.”

The Arizona SciTech Festival engages future generations of scientists and technology leaders by offering them opportunities to explore STEM through the interactive events. The workshops, exhibitions, displays, lectures and tours appeal to curious minds of all ages, fueling excitement for the STEM culture in the Grand Canyon State.

“As a technology company, Cox Communications deeply supports the advancement of STEM education across our state,” said Susan Anable, Southwest Vice President of Public Affairs, Cox Communications. “We are thrilled to again sponsor this amazing festival, which sparks imaginations and spurs excitement about science and technology for people of all ages.”

The Arizona SciTech Festival runs through March, and the events are free. For event highlights, click here.

About the Arizona SciTech Festival

The Arizona SciTech Festival is a statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) held annually in February and March. Through a series of expos, workshops, conversations, exhibitions and tours held in diverse neighborhoods throughout the state, the Festival excites and informs Arizonans age 3 to 103 how STEM will drive our state through a grassroots collaboration of more than 800 organizations in industry, academia, arts, civic, community and K-12 education. The Festival is anchored at the Arizona Commerce Authority, in collaboration with additional foundational partners including the Arizona Technology Council Foundation, Arizona Science Center, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). Visit azscitech.com for more information.

About the Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: attract, expand, create – attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit www.azcommerce.com and follow the ACA on Twitter at @azcommerce.

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