Education Spotlight — Learning opportunities abound with return of Flagstaff Festival of Science. See more local education, state and national news here

| September 14, 2021

By the Flagstaff Festival of Science

The 2021 Flagstaff Festival of Science kicks off this Friday, September 17th with the W. L. Gore Keynote Presentation: When Stones Speak: Decoding the Messages Embedded in Ancient Maya Monuments with Dr. Jaime Awe of Northern Arizona University. The presentation will be live in front of a reduced capacity audience and live-streamed. Tickets and webinar registration is available at   
The 10-day festival features a mix of in-person activities, live streamed webinars and pre-recorded videos. A full listing of events is available by going to and clicking on 2021 digital passport. Events that require a reservation are denoted on the passport. Tickets for most of the events requiring a reservation can be found at The EventBrite page also provides a means to register for the live webinars. 
In addition to the keynote address, some of the notable events include:
  • Snook’s Science in the Park (Saturday, Sept 18th from 10 to 2 at Wheeler Park) features local science and technology organizations with science experiments and demonstrations. 
  • Tynkertopia has geocaching, build-a-bot workshops and open houses. 
  • A panel of local climate experts discusses the latest in climate science, and emerging technology and policy solutions to our warming planet on Sunday, September 19th at 3pm.  (webinar)
  • The NAU VPR Innovation Series and Twilight Talks in the evening at 6:30pm from Monday, September 20 through Thursday, September 23rd. Topics include the human microbiome, searching for extraterrestrial life, military noise, and an engineer’s journey from Holbrook to building the Mars Rover. All talks are via webinar. Registration for the NAU VPR Innovation Series and Twilight Talks are at
  • Afterschool Talks at 4 and 5pm from Monday, September 20 through Friday, September 24th. Topics include volcanism, surveying the Colorado River, fossils, anthropology, Mars, childhood trauma, imaging insects, archaeology and pathogens. All talks are via webinar. Registration for the Afterschool Talks are at
  • Women in STEAM Networking Event is on Thursday, September 23rd at 5:30PM at Firecreek Coffee. The evening will start with a discussion of the themes from the documentary, Picture a Scientist. The rest of the evening will be an opportunity to expand your circle to create a network of artists and scientists you can tap into for collaboration, advice, and opportunities. Reservations are not required. 
  • SCI Talks are an in-person event featuring four local scientists, educators and artists sharing their work in TEDx style, 15 minute lectures. They take place at Coconino Center for the Arts on September 24th. Doors open at 6pm, and the first talk starts at 6:30. Tickets are required and can be obtained at
Plus hands-on activities for kids, guided hikes, citizen science, kid’s science bedtime stories, fun at the national parks and monuments and more. Just go to and click on 2021 digital passport for the most up to date events list. The passport also has details on COVID mitigation strategies that the festival is employing for in-person events. 



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