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Posted on: October 2, 2019

SciTech Festival returns to Surprise Nov. 2

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Interact with hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) exhibits at this year’s Surprise SciTech Festival!

STEM enthusiasts of all ages are invited to come and check out interactive SciTech booths, an incredible line-up of speakers, music and more! Plus, coffee and snacks will be available for purchase from a variety of food trucks.

Be a part of the fun on Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., in the Surprise City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Admission and parking are free.

Demonstrations and displays include:

  • Dysart Unified and charter school solar karts, robotics and Makerspace teams 
  • Surprise Police, Fire-Medical, Water Conservation and other city departments 
  • Virtual reality game truck and roaming dinosaurs!
  • Businesses and universities 
  • And much more!

While on campus, be sure to attend one, or all, of the SciTech Speaker Series presentations! The presentations will take place in the Surprise City Hall Council Chambers:

  • Can Machines Think? (9:15 a.m.) - Although no computer existing today can think precisely in the same way as a human, is it theoretically possible that a more advanced computer in the future may indeed be able to do so? This presentation will discuss this question that has been hotly debated by neuroscientists, computer scientists, and philosophers since the 1950’s. 
  • Apollo 11: How did we walk on the Moon 50 years ago? (10:15 a.m.) - This year is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the Moon. How and why did our scientist, engineers, politicians and, of course, astronauts get it done? This presentation takes a look behind why we launched Apollo 11 to the Moon and shows the details of the amazing 1960’s technologies used to get three men there safely.
  • The Imposter, Halo Effect, Affinity, and Beyond! The Science of Bias and Leadership (11:15 a.m.) - This presentation will discuss some key reasons for the biases and the “walls” that we create in and between our groups. We will try to explain many of the biases, assumptions, and privileging behaviors that make up our social and political lives, rather than just dismissing them all as small-mindedness, jealousy, and/or hate.

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