#IRLsciencefest Press Release - September 26, 2016

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


For Immediate Release
September 26, 2016


Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Returns with Hands-on Fun for the Treasure Coast

Fort Pierce, Fla. - The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival will return to the Treasure Coast on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The third annual event will take place at the newly renovated River Walk Center at Veterans Memorial Park 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 important, but also fun! Participants will delight in the chance to view solar activity through specialized telescopes with Treasure Coast Astronomical Society, make slime with Camelot Community Care, create toys for chimpanzees with Save the Chimps, Inc., race cockroaches with USDA/ARS US Horticultural Research Laboratory, and build boats with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Dozens of exhibitors from throughout the IRL region will have hands-on activities and demonstrations exploring different areas of science, including agriculture, chemistry, engineering, computer science, ecology, neurology, marine science and more!                                                   

 “We have such a wealth of science and technology resources on the Treasure Coast,” explained Festival Co-Chair Laura Diederick. “The IRL Science Festival is a great opportunity for the entire community to celebrate, be inspired, and have fun!”

Visitors will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with many fascinating aspects of STEM at the IRL Science Festival, with hands-on activities from over 75 exhibitors. Highlights of the event include:

  • Building and launching rockets with NASA Kennedy Space Center
  • Meeting Smokey Bear with Florida Forest Service
  • Board breaking demonstrations by Sidekick Martial Arts Studios
  • Live animal presentation by Treasure Coast Wildlife Center
  • Food trucks from area vendors
  • FREE PARKING at City of Fort Pierce Parking Garage and other downtown locations

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.

“Science, technology, engineering, and math go way beyond the research lab or classroom,” said Festival Co-Chair Cristin Krasco. “Science is a part of our everyday lives, from the food we eat and the beaches we love to the rockets we watch being launched into space!”

The IRL Science Festival has been made possible through funding from the Smithsonian Marine Station, FAU Harbor Branch and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s Specialty License Plate Program, Sunrise Ford, Triton Submarines, and the generous support of 93.7 GYL, B94.7 Fresh Country, 99.7 JACK FM, 97.1 Ocean, and NewsRadio WTTB 1490/105.7. Additional support comes from St. Lucie County and the City of Fort Pierce.

Exhibitor registration is open online until September 30 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.

About the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival
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 each fall. 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, as well as research, education, and service-based non-profit organizations. 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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