Flagstaff Festival of Science is fun for all ages

Flagstaff Festival of Science and

Northern Arizona University events

Mountain Campus Science and Engineering Day

1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25,

High Country Conference Center

Live science with NAU faculty and students

NAU sustainable building tour

3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25,

Applied Research and Design building

A guided tour of the sustainable living action at the state-of-the-art, LEED certified building

Earth, Wind and Fire Panel Discussion

7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28,

High Country Conference Center

A discussion about forest heath focusing on this summer’s Schultz and Hardy fires and how to restore overgrown forests of the Southwest

Campus Sky Viewing

7:30-10:30 p.m. every weekend

(Friday Sept. 24- Sunday Sept. 26;

Friday Oct. 1 – Sunday Oct. 3),

NAU Campus Observatory

View the heavens with the 20-inch Barry Lutz Telescope and guidance and education from faculty and students.

Touching at a Distance:

An exhibition of Figure Drawing

6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25,

Coconino Center for the Arts

NAU art lecturer Shawn Skabelund and students from NAU, ASU and U of A draw the connection between art and science as they emphasize the importance of anatomy with drawing. The exhibit runs from Sept. 28-Nov. 6., with an opening reception where you can meet the artists on Saturday.

As fall approaches, the Flagstaff Festival of Science returns to excite and inspire the next generation of scientists and offer educational activities for science lovers throughout the community.

Flagstaff Festival of Science“The most exciting part of the festival is making available to young people how exciting science and engineering can be through hands-on activities that are lots and lots of fun,” said Molly Munger, NAU director of Community Relations.The 10-day festival “Livin’ Science” focuses on sustainable living with more than 65 activities planned for Sept. 24 through Oct. 3.

A local favorite, Mountain Campus Science and Engineering Day, promotes youth learning and interest in science with hands-on activities including ugly bugs, a chemistry science show and electron microscope viewing.

Giant centipedes, neon-colored cockroaches and glow-in-the-dark scorpions are just a few of the creepy-crawlies that the Colorado Plateau Biodiversity Center brings to campus. The “bug” museum is home to more than 250,000 arthropod specimens from the western United States and Mexico as well as large, colorful and live specimens from around the world.

New this year, NAU will hold a panel discussion that will “reflect current activity in the community, so this year the Schultz and Hardy fires will be the topic,” Munger said.

The collaboration across Flagstaff includes more than 45 sponsors and is part of NAU’s “One Community” campaign.

The festival also coordinates opportunities for scientists and experts in the field to give presentations in Flagstaff United School District schools to open up the world of science to youth. About 50 presentations will take place outside of the festival.

All events are free and open to the public. Visit the festival’s website or the Flagstaff Visitor’s Center to print your passport and make reservations for specific events.