Arizona Science Center was happy to host the 3rd annual Arizona Science and Technology Festival Launch Event and Press Conference on Jan. 28, 2014.

Science celebrity Geoff Notkin of the Science Channel’s “Meteorite Men” and now host of Cox Communications “STEM Journals” emceed the event which included speakers like Diane Joeans, the Mayor or Cottonwood and Arizona Science Center’s own Dr. Sharon Kortman among others.

Each speaker spoke of this coming year’s celebration of Science and Technology and the importance of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) in Arizona. According to Jeremy Barbendure, the director of the SciTech festival, the goal is to not only inspire and interest more kids in STEM careers but to foster the next generation of STEM leaders and learners and also to highlight Arizona as a leader in STEM. With the SciTech Festival expanding to more than 500 events state-wide, it is hard to argue that STEM won’t be a major driving force for Arizona this year, making our state one to be reckoned with.

The SciTech Festival fosters a collective responsibility model which combines the community with education and industry creating collaboration, civic engagement, community STEM branding, awareness of jobs and ultimately increased quality of life. It was clear from all of the speakers at the press conference that overall the outlook for the STEM landscape in Arizona is optimistic and filled with tremendous opportunity.

To conclude the event, Rebecca Gau, director of the Governor’s Office of Education Innovation presented Gov. Jan Brewers proclamation of February 2014 as Arizona Science and Technology Month. This proclamation solidifies the progress of science and technology in Arizona and is reflective of what The SciTech Festival, along with its partners, has built within the community of Arizona.

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