Science City: State's Largest's STEM Event

Hosted by the UA's BIO5 Institute, the College of Science, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, it gives visitors to the Tucson Festival of Books the opportunity to learn about research and experience innovation.
March 8, 2016
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To plan your Science City experience and for up-to-date information on all tours, talks and activities, visit Science City online at and follow on Twitter and Facebook @TFOBScienceCity. Festival admission and Science City open houses/tours are free to the public.

Science City
Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13
Tucson Festival of Books, UA Mall

Compelling, educational activities are planned for Science City on Saturday and Sunday at the annual Tucson Festival of Books on the University of Arizona campus.

The UA’s BIO5 Institute and College of Science are hosting Science City in association with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in partnership with the Arizona SciTech Festival and with the continued support of other community and business sponsors.

Science City’s themed "neighborhoods" include the Science of Everyday Life, the Science of the Natural World, the Science of Tomorrow, the Science of Food, the Science of You, and this year’s new addition: the Science in Art. In these neighborhoods, more than 90 participant groups will showcase interactive demonstrations and engaging hands-on activities, by which science enthusiasts can learn about advancements in STEM-related fields.

Faculty, students, staff and volunteers from UA programs such as Biosphere 2; the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory; the Museum of Art; the School of Mind, Brain and Behavior; the Health Sciences Center; and Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering will share their passion for science, technology and innovation.

Additionally, representatives from physics, ecology and evolutionary biology, and the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab will open their doors to the public in an open-house format.

Science City visitors will be able to:

  • Watch photography develop before their eyes, courtesy of the Center for Creative Photography.
  • Explore the wave and vibration patterns of musical instruments, as demonstrated by the UA Mathematics Roadshow.
  • Discover how spin creates stable motion through the use of drones, choppers and gyroscopes with the UA physics department.

  • Witness a volcano eruption, staged by the UA Department of Geosciences.
  • Learn about Tucson’s venomous creatures and get a temporary scorpion tattoo at the UA VIPER Institute booth.
  • Play computer games to understand how scientists apply computers to farming and medicine alongside the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Science.
  • Build a paper rocket and launch it with help from UA 4-H and Raytheon.
  • See desert creatures at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum live animal show.

In addition, UA researchers will share their work with interactive presentations on the Science Café stage, and renowned science authors will talk about their books and trending science topics on the Science Stage. Some of the highlights:

  • "Science Careers: Finding Your Niche in Nature," with speakers Mary Kay Carson, Kevin Bonine and Alaina Levine. 
  • "The Greatest Movie Ever Made: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope," with speaker Steven Kahn.
  • "The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe," with speakers Dan Falk and Chris Impey.
  • "The Augmented Human: How Technology is Changing What Makes Us ... Us," with speaker Dr. David G. Armstrong.