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Residents invited to get behind-the-scenes look at the science and technology that drive city services

Arizona SciTech Fest

  Feb. 5, 2013

  Contact:  Jan Horne, Public Information Officer, 480-312-2636,

Residents invited to get behind-the-scenes look at the science and technology that drive city services

Residents can get a unique behind-the-scenes look at the science and technology that drive some of the city’s most important public services. The city is hosting the “Science of the City of Scottsdale” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at various locations throughout the city.

Participants will get a rare chance to tour the highly-secured Advanced Water Treatment Facility, see how Traffic Management Center employees move traffic citywide from the push of some buttons and learn how the city is going green to help our environment.

The program is being held in conjunction with the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival, a state-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) held annually in February and March.  The Science of the City of Scottsdale will reveal how STEM is at work every day to keep the city running safely and smoothly.

Attend one or more of these activities in Scottsdale:

  • Traffic Management Center:  Get all your traffic management questions answered one-on-one and learn how we use technology to monitor and move traffic.  One Civic Center, 7447 E. Indian School Road, Second Floor.
  • Scottsdale Fire Hazardous Materials: Learn how Scottsdale firefighters are trained, equipped and ready to handle emergencies, especially those that include chemicals and other hazardous materials.  Cactus Acres Fire Station 8, 9598 E. Cactus Road. Pre-registration is required.
  • Tours of Police and Fire Museum: Scottsdale’s newest museum includes loads of technical facts and safety tips from both Police and Fire departments. Police & Fire Headquarters, 8401 E. Indian School Road. Pre-registration is required.
  • Water Resources Scavenger Hunt and Tour: Learn the science, technology and engineering needed to treat and deliver millions of gallons of water each day, and handle that much wastewater as well. This event features a behind the scenes tour of Scottsdale’s Advanced Water Treatment Facility which is rarely open to the public. Water Campus, 8787 E. Hualapai. Pre-registration is required.
  • Solid Waste Transfer Station Tour & New CNG Garbage Truck Display: Get an up-close look at Scottsdale's first compressed natural gas (CNG) powered garbage trucks! Learn how using these "green" vehicles will curb pollutants in the air and how we handle thousands of tons of waste generated by the city each day. Union Hills Drive, west of Pima Road. Pre-registration is required.
  • Scottsdale Library: Technology at the library? You bet! See our automated book sorting system and learn how we are digitizing Scottsdale’s history so that it lives on for all to enjoy. Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
  • Irrigation Control & Aquatic Center: Discover the science of healthy swimming pools and learn more about irrigation water management technology. See how Scottsdale keeps parks green, but water lean! Eldorado Pool, 2311 N. Miller Road.

Learn how STEM is at work in Scottsdale on Feb. 23. Registration and more information are available at www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov/scitechfest.