2016 Flagstaff Festival of Science Starts September 23rd! Here is a brief overview of what to expect. And remember, everything is free!

| September 14, 2016

By the Flagstaff Festival of Science

The 2016 Flagstaff Festival of Science Starts September 23rd and here is a brief overview of what to expect. And remember, everything is free!

Shoemaker Keynote Presentation

My Life as an Explorer
Will Steger, Polar Explorer
7 p.m., Friday, September 23rd, Ardrey Auditorium

By dogsled, kayak and kite skis, legendary polar explorer Will Steger takes us to Earth’s most remote places and offers his eyewitness account of our changing planet. Bring the family for a memorable evening of compelling images, empowering messages and hope for generations to come. Free tickets at the door for first-come, first served. Or pick up or print out tickets in advance through the NAU Central Ticket Office (nau.edu/cto; 928-523-5661).

Demonstrations and Hands-On Activities
Science in the Park – Wheeler Park, 10 – 2, Sept 24th

CCC Science Celebration – Coconino Community College Lone Tree Campus, 6 to 8, Sept 30th

NAU Science and Engineering Day – High Country Conference Center, 1 – 4, Oct 1st

Demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. See the passport for details on locations, times and activities.

After School Talks at Lowell Observatory
3 20 minute + Q&A Presentations starting at 4:15 PM in Visitor Center
Monday, Sept 26th through Friday, Sept 30th

Presentations are appropriate for all ages. This year the talks are moved to start at 4:15 and are shorter so to accommodate our students’ schedule. We also have increased to three presentations per session. Topics include a superplastic alloy used in implantable medical devices,  the Martian landscape, the origin of meteor crater and more!

Twilight Talks at the Museum of Northern Arizona
6:30 PM in Branigar/Chase Visitor Center
Monday, Sept 26th through Friday, Sept 30th

Presentations are geared towards high school students to lifelong learners. Topics include tracking wildlife using ambient energy, using satellites to assess croplands, bats acclimating to their changing environment and more!

Science, Communication, Innovation Talks

Presented by Flagstaff Festival of Science
6:30 PM on Friday, September 30th – Doors open at 6

Coconino Center for the Arts

Four 15-minute SCI Talks will
feature talks exploring innovation in local STEM education, terrestrial carbon cycling, thermal monitoring in Yellowstone National Park and the intersection of art and science. During intermission look through the art gallery and grab a refreshment. Audience members will no doubt leave with a new view of the world. Go to Facebook event for more details.

VPR Research Innovation Series (a.k.a. “Cline Talks”)
6:30 PM in NAU Cline Library Auditorium
Monday, Sept 26th; Wed Sept 28th; Thursday, Sept 29th

Diverse topics including soil organisms, new therapies for hearing loss and artificial skin patches.

Early Childhood Activities
Throughout the Festival

Hands-on, fun science programs designed for children ages 8 and under. See the passport for details on locations, times and activities.

Open Houses and Guided Hikes
Throughout the Festival

Go on a guided hike through Hart Prairie, tour Lowell Observatory  and the National Weather Service, and much, much more!

Bonus Pre-Festival Event: Flagstaff Star Party

THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY
SEPTEMBER 22nd, 23rd & 24th
Evenings, Buffalo Park

You’ll be dazzled by the star power in the First
International Dark Sky City! Local astronomers will introduce you to Cassiopeia, Ursa Major and other astronomical wonders at this celebration of Flagstaff’s famous dark skies. Go to the Star Party’s website for a full listing of events. Telescope viewing begins at dark (around 7 p.m.) and lasts till 10 p.m.
All Flagstaff Festival of Science activities are free thanks to the hosting organizations, presenters and our generous supporters!

Find us on Instagram @flgscifest and share your great festival moments with #flgscifest2016

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