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SciTech Festival

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 Week

Scottsdale Science Week has something for everyone. Have fun, fuel your imagination and learn more about the science behind baseball and city services.    

Upcoming Events

Science of the City of Scottsdale
Mar. 1, 2014

All Science of the City of Scottsdale events will occur as scheduled despite the rain.
Drive safely, dress accordingly and we'll see you there!

The Science of the City of Scottsdale - Download the flier

Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to maintain Scottsdale’s great quality of life 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in various locations within the city.  The events include:

-Traffic Management Center
-Scottsdale Fire Hazardous Materials
-Water Resources Tours
-Solid Waste Transfer Station Tour & Garbage Truck Display
-Scottsdale Library
-The Science of the Civil War

Traffic Management Center


City Corporation Yard
9191 E. San Salvador
Tours begin every half-hour: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Get all your traffic management questions answered one-on-one and learn how we use technology to monitor and move traffic.  Realize the rewards of improving the lives of hundreds of drivers with the click of a mouse!

In 1993, Scottsdale Transportation staff launched its first Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) installation with a single CTV camera installed at one of the city's busiest intersections, Scottsdale Rd and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, to help alleviate congestion before and after a national golf tournament.  This one camera reduced the amount of city staff and time required to do traffic control at special events significantly.

Currently, Scottsdale's Traffic Management Center consists of more than 50 cameras (about one-sixth of the city's traffic signals) throughout the city to monitor and control traffic flows and minimize delays for collisions, incidents, construction and debris on city streets.

Scottsdale Fire Hazardous Materials


Cactus Acres Fire Station 8
9598 E. Cactus Road
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Pre-registration is suggested to attend this event.

Sessions begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Learn how Scottsdale firefighters are trained, equipped and ready to handle emergencies, especially those that include chemicals and other hazardous materials.


Water Resources Tours


Water Campus
8787 E. Hualapai 
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Learn the science involved in the water and wastewater treatment processes. Get hands-on experiences in ensuring you get safe, clean and reliable drinking water every time you turn on a faucet. Earn fun prizes by participating in a jar test, a few laboratory tests and a water taste test.

  • State-of-the-art laboratory tours and hands-on experiments 
  • TIMES: 10 a.m. and noon
    • Learn the science of water treatment for safe, clean, reliable drinking water every day!
  • Tour of the Advanced Water Treatment Facility at Water Campus
  • TIMES: 11 a.m.and 1 p.m. 
    • See how we make the most of our water and wastewater 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Pre-registration is required for BOTH events.
For your safety, you must be 10 years of age or older to participate.
Limit of 12 people per activity.

Solid Waste Transfer Station Tour &  Garbage Truck Display

Solid Waste Transfer Station
Union Hills Drive, west of Pima Road 

This is an open house event.

Take an interactive facility tour to see the ins and outs of the Scottsdale Transfer Station.

Also, get an up-close look at Scottsdale's Garbage Trucks, including our first CNG garbage trucks (front, rear and side loaders)!  Come learn how using these "green" vehicles will curb pollutants in the air and about plans to convert 50 percent of our fleet to these type of vehicles. You'll even have an opportunity to dump your own trash! 

Scottsdale Libraries

Civic Center Library
3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Tours begin at 10 a.m. and noon. Check in at the lobby. 

Technology drives the day in and day out activities at the Scottsdale Public Library.  Stop by the Civic Center Library and take a tour of our state of the art automated book sorting system. 

The Science of the Civil War
Civic Center Mall Amphitheater(between the Civic Center Library and City Hall)

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., no registration.

Experience this epic struggle through a battle re-enactment of Arizona's Picacho Pass, visit a Civil War camp, learn about strategies and weapons, hear cannons fired and more through this presentation by the Southwest Civil War Association.