Mark your calendars - The 2018 Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival will take place October 13 - 21, 2018.
As always, the festival kicks off with the Cool Science Carnival Day for Kids at UCCS on Saturday, October 13th from 10 am to 4 pm. We'll have 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 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 where it's taking place 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.
This year the festival gets an early start with a special pre-festival event on Friday, October 5th, 8 pm at the Ivywild School Gymnasium. It's "Science Riot" : cheer on local scientists turned comedians as they attempt standup for the first time and wax hilarious about their topics of expertise. Cool Science will also be there to give a little preview of our upcoming festival events. Find out more and purchase your tickets here.
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! 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).
We also have lots of opportunities to volunteer or for your organization to participate in the festival.
We'll have more information here soon, but in the meantime check out this TV promo for last year's festival (thanks Fox 21 News):