Building the Cross-Campus Team Behind the Largest STEM Event in Arizona
In 2009, the BIO5 Institute pioneered the idea of a simple "science pavilion" concept to be held during the newly formed community event the Tucson Festival of Books. Due to a shared mission of science outreach and community engagement, over the next several years the College of Science joined BIO5 in expanding the original project scope to a series of booths and increased campus involvement, calling the joint effort "Science City."
Incredible Stories From the Tucson Festival of Books!
Although I’m still a bit groggy after taking a red-eye flight home, I’ve been completely energized by my experiences this past weekend at the Tucson Festival of Books. What an amazing event and an incredible experience! Powered by over 2,000 volunteers, 350 participating authors and over 130,000 visitors, this Festival celebrates our love of books and stories, and I’m so grateful to have had the chance to be part of it.
Five Science Events Not To Miss During The Festival of Books
It seems all of Tucson is getting ready for the annual Tucson Festival of Books. This celebration of literature brings dozens of authors from around the world to the UA campus to share their work with the community. While the festival provides an excellent opportunity for those with artistic aspirations, the event also features several unique and interesting opportunities to learn about science. Here are five can’t-miss science attractions for this weekend’s Festival of Books.
10 Things To Do At The Tucson Festival of Books
With 350 presenting authors and a sea of white tents filling the University of Arizona Mall for the Tucson Festival of Books, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, deciding what to see, do and experience can be overwhelming. Here are 10 ideas you won’t want to miss — and an event that happens after the festival. Find information about these events and activities at tucsonfestivalofbooks.org or with the apps available for iPhone and Android devices.
Tucson Festival of Books Returns For 9th Year
The Tucson Festival of Books returns to the University of Arizona campus Saturday and Sunday for the ninth year. Hannah Isaac, an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Festival of Books, says they are expecting 135,000 people to attend this year. The festival will have over 350 authors involved of all different genres, including Molly Yeh, Sam Sykes, Adam Rex, and Lisa See. The current U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will be doing a poetry reading at this year’s festival. There will be workshops and exhibitions as well, including Science City where kids can learn about science and do hands-on experiments.
How To Do The Tucson Festival of Books
The annual festival, held on the UA campus, spans dozens of themes, including poetry, politics, fiction, fantasy, music, military, spirituality and outdoor adventures.
Underscoring Women Innovators, Champions In STEM
Two UA researchers, both scheduled to give talks during the Tucson Festival of Books, speak about the importance of the current nationwide conversation about the contributions of women in STEM.
Tucson Festival of Books Will Be Smokin' With Play, Presentations and Performances
Things will blow up and be set on fire at the Tucson Festival of Books. And you might find some ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, said Joaquin Ruiz, dean of the University of Arizona College of Science speaking to the festival's steering committee earlier this month.
Tucson Festival of Books: Fandom and Fun
Acrobats, giant telescopes and a hugging “cactus” were just some of the sights for book lovers who turned out in force Saturday at the University of Arizona to explore the Tucson Festival of Books. Sunny the Cactus, mascot for Saguaro National Park, waved to the crowd at the National Park Experience Pavilion as a line of attendees waited to take a photo or get a hug.
Learn About Volcanoes With Explosions On The UA Mall At The Tucson Festival of Books
One of Tucson’s classic attractions, the annual Festival of the Books, is known for working closely with UA departments to form community outreach opportunities. Science City is one of these outreach opportunities. In fact, it is the largest science event held in the state.