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Chandler to host 3-day 'Science Spectacular'

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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:58 pm

The City of Chandler is celebrating science with three days dedicated to the exploration of invention. The Chandler Science Spectacular is part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, a statewide movement to promote and celebrate science in our daily lives and to earn recognition for Arizona as a science and technology hub.

The Chandler Science Spectacular complements the City of Chandler’s strategy of recruiting and retaining companies in the high-tech, high-wage science and technology industries and ensuring an educated workforce is available to those companies.

Chandler is collaborating with several groups through the Chandler Education Coalition, headed by Councilmember Rick Heumann, to reach students, families and businesses.

“Science and technology are the foundation for jobs and businesses of the future,” said Councilmember Rick Heumann. “Anything we can do to spark an interest in students is important, and we hope this festival encourages the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs.” This three-day event offers unique opportunities for residents to explore the discoveries and science engineered in their own back yard. The Chandler Science Spectacular includes:

• Chandler Tech Crawl, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13: Some of the biggest names in science are opening their doors to families during the Chandler Tech Crawl. Intel and Air Products, along with the laboratories at Chandler's Innovations Incubator are hosting an open house. Get the inside scoop on how the future is being created in our own backyard. www.chandleraz.gov/science

• A Night of Art & Science, 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 15: Technology meets the arts as Downtown Chandler transforms its monthly Third Friday Art Walk into a creative look at the science behind the beauty, art and invention around us. www.downtownchandler.org

• Chandler's Science Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Feb. 16: Science converges in Downtown Chandler with interactive demonstrations and activities by Chandler’s technology companies, along with a showcase presentation of the most inventive student projects. Visit interactive booths and activities in Downtown along Commonwealth Ave. www.chandleraz.gov/science

The Arizona SciTech Festival is spearheaded by the Arizona Technology Council Foundation in partnership with Arizona State University and Arizona Science Center. The Arizona SciTech Festival is a grass roots collaboration of over 200 organizations in industry, academia, arts, community and K-12, geared to excite and inform Arizonans ages 3 to 103 about how science, technology and innovation will drive our state for the next 100 years.

Visit www.chandleraz.gov/science for detailed information about participating companies and organizations and at the Chandler Science Spectacular or http://azscitechfest.asu.edu/ for AZ SciTech Festival events throughout Arizona.

Submitted by the City of Chandler

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