Join science and engineering faculty, students, and local business professionals at Bobcat Stadium, the Museum of the Rockies, and the American Computer & Robotics Museum to celebrate science and engineering in Montana. Festival events are free and open to the public of all ages. Activities include live music, refreshments, telescopes for solar viewing, family activities, displays, art, and dance. The Festival will kick off with the 5K Space Race run/walk fundraiser event sponsored by the Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT).
Map and directions to Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman, Montana.
The goal of the inaugural Montana Science and Engineering Festival, spearheaded by the Montana Space Grant Consortium, is to bring the community together to celebrate science and engineering in Montana. The Festival leverages the strengths and priorities of the University to establish a tradition for a fun and engaging community event that involves Montana scientists and engineers in partnership with local industry. With the Festival, we seek to share the exciting work of Montana’s engineers and scientists, capitalizing on the human fascination with discovery and exploration to engage the public in a fun, educational event.
The Festival is a key opportunity for MSU to share the exciting work of our engineers and scientists with our larger community. Every research group at MSU should be represented at the Festival. In addition, each research group should work to create interactive activities for their booth. Example interactive activities already planned include an egg drop experiment from the stands, a high altitude balloon launch from centerfield and subsequent balloon tracking on the jumbotron, Celebrating Einstein dance performance and Black (W)hole art exhibit at the Taylor Planetarium, van de Graaff electricity group experiment…
Registration: Booth registration is required by 9/13/13. All Montana academic and industry science, technology, engineering, and math groups are invited.
Events: Festival events include live music and dance, visual art, food vendors, family activities, science café discussions, invited speakers, solar viewing, and a Space Race fun run. The basic Stadium layout is key events at centerfield/jumbotron and booths for people to rotate through under the east stands.
Location: The Festival will be based at the Bobcat Stadium and the Museum of the Rockies (MoR). The community is attracted to these venues for their modern facilities rarely open for free public events. MSU Sports Facilities has been generous in donating the use of the Stadium. At MoR, the auditorium and planetarium will host Festival events. The Festival Science Café events will be held at the Baxter Hotel in downtown Bozeman.
Space Race: Organized by the Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT) student club, people of all ages are invited to participate in the 5K scale model of the solar system run/walk, Jupiter kids’ run, and Mercury toddler dash.
The Festival is a huge undertaking and is growing by the minute. We need your help. Contact MT.STEM.Festival@gmail.com to volunteer for a Festival committee. Have a fun idea for a center stadium event? Let us know at the same address.