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The City of Scottsdale supports the Arizona SciTech Festival!Arizona SciTech Fest
The Arizona SciTech Festival is a state-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM or STEAM when you include the arts) held annually in February and March.


Through a series of more than 200 expos, workshops, conversations, exhibitions and tours held in diverse neighborhoods throughout the state, the Arizona SciTech Festival excites and informs Arizonans from ages 3 to 103 how STEM will drive our state for next 100 years.

Scottsdale Science Weeks

Scottsdale is excited to play host to a series of signature events affiliated with the Arizona SciTech Festival. Scottsdale Science Weeks features fun, insightful and interactive special events spread across three weekends in beautiful downtown Scottsdale. See the schedule below.

Upcoming Events

gadgets-STEAM-logo-webBe amazed! Scottsdale presents Gadgets, STEAM and Science of the City, Feb. 21

Learn about the latest gadgets and gizmos, demo new technologies and get a behind-the-scenes look at the city during a unique, free event from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library and Civic Center Mall.

Scottsdale students, local businesses and entrepreneurs will showcase their latest innovations. Participants can test drive some of the newest and most popular gadgets on the market today.

The hands-on experience extends to the trucks, machinery and technology the city uses to maintain Scottsdale’s great quality of life.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Arizona SciTech Festival, an annual statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Interactive displays and hands-on activities will reveal how STEAM is at work every day to keep the city running safely and smoothly.

City exhibits and activities include:

Scottsdale Crime Lab
It’s real-life CSI! Meet the Police Department’s forensic scientists and take a turn testing some of the equipment the Crime Lab uses.. Learn about the microscopic study of evidence and get a glimpse of chromatography, the study of different compounds. Discover the unique patterns fingerprints leave behind and how these prints can help solve crimes. See a crime scene vehicle and learn how crime scenes and evidence are processed.

Police Traffic Unit
It’s no accident! Physics and engineering principles are used to reconstruct, investigate, analyze and draw conclusions about the causes of vehicular collisions. We’ll show you how and let you participate in a realistic simulation of impairment that demonstrates the consequences of alcohol misuse. If you think you’re fast, you can test your speed against a police radar gun!

Fire Department
Learn how firefighters use math and science daily when responding to emergency calls.

Solid Waste & Garbage interactive truck display
Get an up close look at Scottsdale's garbage trucks, learn how the city uses CNG "green" vehicles to curb pollutants in the air and take a turn dumping some trash! We’ll also show how we use technology to monitor and move trash. Want to protect our planet? We’ll teach you the ins and outs of recycling and composting.

City vehicle fleet
Learn about different types of alternative fuels used in city vehicles and how they help the environment.

Technology drives the activities at the Scottsdale Public Library. See 3D printers in action, find out how you can use your e-reader to link to library materials and sign up for a library card.

Parks & Recreation
Splish-Splash! See the science behind Scottsdale’s safe swimming pools and fountains and test the technology behind the city's Irrigation Central Control System.

Don’t be an egg head! Take part in a classic science demonstration that illustrates Newton's Laws of Motion – you’ll see why it’s important to wear a helmet when you bike or skateboard.

Water Resources
Learn how Scottsdale treats, tests and delivers clean, safe drinking water and see hands-on testing demonstrations by Scottsdale’s water quality scientists. Find out how Scottsdale’s state-of-the-art advanced water treatment process keeps area golf courses green and protects Scottsdale’s long-term water supply. Think you know how to protect our natural water resources? Spin our prize wheel to test your knowledge!

Technology representatives & participating partners include:
  • Scottsdale Unified School District
  • Arizona State Library
  • AZ SciTech Festival
  • Butterfly Wonderland
  • Desert Community Robotics
  • K12.com
  • Dignity, Kids, Inc.

For more information, call 480-312-7825.
Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light, Feb. 26 – March 1

Art, Science and the elements combine Feb. 26 through March 1 when Scottsdale Public Art presents its third annual Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light event on the banks of the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

Canal Convergence is a community tradition in celebration of the Valley’s unique canal culture and history. This engaging and inspiring free event offers something for everyone—innovative installations, hands-on activities, live music, and Artisan Market's urban marketplace experience.

It will be a treat for the senses as high caliber local, national, and international artists activate the Scottsdale Waterfront with exciting day and night-time installations – floating, hovering, releasing, revealing, and emerging in and around the water.
For more information, visit Canal Convergence. links to external site

Step up to the plate and visit Baseball City in Scottsdale, held the weekend of March 7-8

Baseball City is your one-stop shop for all things spring training – a fan fest and trade show all rolled into one big event extravaganza!

The event takes place over two days from March 7-8 on Scottsdale’s Civic Center Mall, 3939 N Drinkwater Boulevard.

Fans of all ages will not only have the opportunity to play ball in various activations like batting cages and baserunning challenges, but also get a hands-on glimpse behind the science of baseball. They’ll also experience a showcase of some of the finest memorabilia that the baseball world has to offer.

Baseball City will also be attended by major league ballplayers both past and present, from the hottest young prospects in spring training to legendary Hall of Famers. Attendees can get autographs from their favorite players and even participate in clinics held by the game’s greats. For more information, call 480-312-7825.