RENO, Nev. (May 1, 2019) – From May 13th to 17th, the Desert Research Institute (DRI) and the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) are hosting the region’s first-ever Northern Nevada Science & Technology Festival (NNS&TF).
In addition to a series of free evening events hosted around the Reno area, the festival will feature a variety of hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) celebrations in K-12 classrooms.
“The festival will give teachers the opportunity to highlight the incredible science and technology activities happening in their classrooms by sharing them online and through social media,” said Vivian Michalik, second grade teacher at C.C. Meneley Elementary School in Douglas County. “We’re excited to showcase the ways students are engaging in science and technology explorations right here in Northern Nevada.”
A highlight of the celebrations in schools during the NNS&TF is the participation of local STEM professionals through the Nevada STEM Coalition’s STEM Ambassador Program. Research scientists, engineers, and educators from in STEM careers will visit classrooms to talk about their careers, lead STEM book read-alouds, collaborate with students on current projects, and more.
“Seeing professionals in STEM careers is empowering for our students because it brings to life the possibility of pursuing their passions through STEM” said Sylvia Scoggin, Secondary Science Program Facilitator for Washoe County School District. “When students connect with local professionals who look like their friends and neighbors, they can envision themselves in STEM careers, too.”
The presenting sponsor of the 2019 Northern Nevada Science & Technology Festival is NV Energy. The NNS&TF is also supported by Tesla and Click Bond.
Formal and informal education organizations from around the region are collaborating to launch the inaugural NNS&TF. Major collaborators include: Fleischmann Planetarium; Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada; Sierra Nevada Journeys; Raggio Research Center for STEM Education; Nevada STEM Coalition; Evirolution; Nevada State Science Teachers Association (NSSTA); Northwest Regional Professional Development Program (RPDP); the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation & Technology (OSIT); Nevada Teach; Fernley STEM Festival; Washoe County School District; Douglas County School District; Carson City School District; and Lyon County School District.
For more information about activities in local schools during the NNS&TF and ways to get involved, please visit: https://nnsciencefest.org/science-tech-in-schools/.
The mission of The Northern Nevada Science & Technology Festival is to celebrate the many ways science and technology touch our everyday lives and shape our future, to broaden public access to informal learning environments, to create meaningful direct interactions between scientists and the general public, and to inspire the workforce of the future.