The Cool Science Festival kicks off with the Cool Science Carnival Day for Kids at UCCS on Saturday, October 13th from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be exciting demonstration shows, laboratory tours and demos, rockets, drones, animals and lots of other hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) activities and exhibits for kids (primarily K-8th grades). It’s all FREE (including parking) and fun for all ages!
In addition to Cool Science Carnival Day the CSCSF features 9 days of exciting, educational and engaging special events designed to showcase STEAM in Colorado Springs and around the Pikes Peak Region. Take guided nature hikes, gaze at the stars and planets with real astronomers, learn how to brew beer or make wine, watch fire-fighters train and learn the science of fires, take a special $5/person cave tour, make your own Dippin’ Dots with liquid nitrogen, pitch in on a trail restoration project, go inside a hydroelectric power plant, learn about artesian wells and mineral springs, check out a television news studio, laugh as real scientists perform stand-up comedy, tour a crime lab and much, much more. There are events for all ages- adults, kids, teens and families – and most are absolutely free (some events may have a small fee to help the hosts cover their costs).
The festival also features a very special showcase event, “STEAM at the MAC” (Wednesday, October 17th, 5 – 8 pm) where you can learn how heat and altitude affect cooking from a master chef, explore the mechanical and electrical wonders of vintage pinball machines, watch demonstrations of glass blowing and metal welding by master artisans and tour the resources of the Manitou Art Center’s marvelous Maker Space. And speaking of makers, the Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire at Library 21c (Saturday, October 20th, 10 am – 4 pm) is part of the greatest show and tell on Earth!
You can find more information about the special events and let us know what you think about the festival on our Facebook page.