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Saint Louis Science Center hosts first annual SciFest

Mark Lewney at SciFest 08On October 9–13, Saint Louis Science Center, Missouri, invited visitors to celebrate and engage in science at SciFest 08. The new annual event featured sessions and demonstrations on topics ranging from the science of chocolate and the physics of rock & roll, to climate change and the future of cancer research.

Physicist Mark Lewney used his guitar skills to teach audiences about such complex topics as quantum mechanics and the Superstring theory. The festival’s “Fashion with a Purpose” competition invited area student fashion designers to take part in a green fashion show. Other events included an Omnimax FilmFest, Young Scientist workshops, and a showcase of demonstrations and hands-on exhibits.

Each year, science centers and museums plan celebrations that introduce thousands of people to science. The November/December 2008 issue of ASTC Dimensions examines how science celebrations are advancing public engagement with science, changing attitudes, bringing in new audiences, and strengthening links among science centers. ASTC Connect, the online professional development area of the ASTC website, will hold an online discussion about science celebrations in the Dimensions Forum, December 15–19.

Photo courtesy Saint Louis Science Center