Join us for Science City at the 2024 Tucson Festival of Books
March 9 & 10, 2024 on the UA Mall

Obsessed with Science

Let us show you how exciting it is to be Obsessed with Science!

Ignite your senses and engage your mind!

Visit six diverse science neighborhoods

Immerse yourself in engaging hands-on activities

Experience University of Arizona open houses and science demos

Watch exciting dynamic performances for all ages

Meet renowned science authors and researchers

The office of Societal Impact is pleased to co-host Science City at the Tucson Festival of Books, a setting of thematic neighborhoods and stages spanning the exciting worlds of science, technology, the natural world and you! Visitors will experience the connection between our daily lives and advances in science and technology, as well as learn about the ground-breaking research being conducted right here at the UA.

Science City "participants" are comprised of local organizations, UA researchers, and national STEM organizations. All participants provide hands-on activities for festival goers to engage with a range of topics. 

Open Houses and Tours are hosted directly on the UArizona campus to allow festival goers a behind-the-scenes peek at research facilities and museum collections. 

Apply to be a Science City Participant here!

Apply to Host an Open House or Tour here! 


Science City Photos 2023

Rock the Bike

Rock the Bike

The Rock the Bike participants showcased a fun display for all guests that allowed children to interact with the bikes, making it a fun way to learn and engage with science! 

Tucson Audubon Society

Tucson Audubon Society

A special thanks goes out to all of the participants of out 2023 Science City. We appreciate the Tucson Audubon Society for coming out and organizing a fun display to showcase the importance of keeping our wild birds safe. 

Poison and Drug Info Center

Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center

The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center had great display that attracted the attention of many people. They shared information on common venomous snakes here in Tucson and emphasized on the possible outcomes of being exposed to their venom. 

Arizona Retina Project

Arizona Retina Project

The Arizona Retina Project showcased a very fun display, teaching us about the biological layers of the retina and explaining what happens when the eye is exposed to different color lights. They included fun, hands-on activities for the children!  

The RII office of Societal Impact partners with TFOB by chairing the Science City Steering Committee, a collaboration that allows us to further our mission through community partnerships and STEM outreach.  


We offer a special thanks to all of the organizations that took part in the Tucson Festival of Books 2023 Science City. Applications to participate in Science City 2024 are open September 5 to December 6, 2023 – check out the TFOB website for news and to apply!