#IRLsciencefest Press Release - August 5, 2015

For more information, contact:
Laura Diederick • 772.462-6216 • diederick@si.edu

 For Immediate Release
August 5, 2015

 Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Returning to Treasure Coast

 Fort Pierce, FL – After a wildly successful inaugural event in 2014, the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival will return to the Treasure Coast on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The second annual event will once again be held at Museum Pointe Park on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce. Festival-goers can explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on, minds-on activities.

 This FREE family-friendly community celebration aims to show that science is not only meaningful and relevant, but also fun! Participants will delight in the chance to dig for real fossils, construct oyster mats, and watch crystals grow, dissolve, and grow again before their very eyes. Dozens of exhibitors from throughout the IRL region will have hands-on activities and demonstrations exploring different areas of science, including agriculture, chemistry, entomology, computer science, ecology, marine science and more!                                                    

“We had such a fantastic inaugural event, but we are planning an even bigger celebration of our region’s STEM resources this year,” shared Laura Diederick, Co-Chair of the Festival. “Science is so much fun and we want to make sure every resident of the Treasure Coast has an opportunity to learn that first hand.”

Highlights of the event include:
• Explosive chemistry stage shows with Miracle of Science
• Board breaking demonstrations by Sidekick Martial Arts Studios
• Live animal presentation by Treasure Coast Wildlife Center
• Free admission to the St. Lucie County Aquarium and St. Lucie Regional History Center
• Food trucks from area vendors
• Free parking at event site

Additionally, there are a number of science-focused satellite events taking place across Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties leading up to the Festival day. For more information on these events, visit the IRL Science Festival website at www.irlsciencefest.org.

“The Treasure Coast is incredibly fortunate to have such a diversity of science and technology re-sources,” said Festival Co-Chair Cristin Krasco. “The IRL Science Festival and the pre-Festival events are a fantastic way for the community to learn about the wealth of opportunities in our own backyard.

The IRL Science Festival has been made possible through funding from the Smithsonian Marine Station, Friends of the Smithsonian Marine Station, FAU Harbor Branch, the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, and the generous support of Treasure and Space Coast Radio, St. Lucie County, Indian River State College, and the City of Fort Pierce. Exhibitor registration is open online until September 4 at www.irlsciencefest.org/exhibit. Festival planners are still looking for additional event sponsors. For more information on how individuals, groups and businesses can support this event, please contact Festival Co-Chair Laura Diederick at 772.462.6216.

Established in 2014, the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival is a week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that culminates with a large-scale community event on the last Saturday of September each year. The festival aims to demonstrate that science is meaningful, relevant, and fun, to make science accessible to all residents of the Treasure Coast, and to highlight STEM resources in the IRL region. The Festival planning committee is made up entirely of volunteer organizers from local governments and research, education and non-profit organizations, and administrative support is largely provided by the Smithsonian Marine Station. A member of the Science Festival Alliance (www.sciencefestivals.org) since 2013, the IRL Science Festival serves as a leader in promoting science and science festivals across the state Florida. For more information about all Festival partners, sponsors, and scheduled activities, visit www.irlsciencefest.org. #IRLsciencefest

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Laura DiederickComment