A FREE festival for lifelong learners of ALL ages!
2017 Science Festival: April 7-23!
Statewide Astronomy Night: April 7th
East Lansing Expo, April 8th
Detroit Expo, April 9th
Take a Tour Day, April 15th
and much more on the way!
NOTE: Outdoor events will take place rain or shine- except if lightening is present! So bring an umbrella!
New to the MSU Science Festival? You've come to the right place! Please explore the website for all the information you'll need to have a great visit!
If you're not yet familiar... The MSU Science Festival is an amazing, multi-day series of events that highlight the fascinating, though oft overlooked, fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (a.k.a. STEAM). Now, hold onto your hats...the Festival features talks, demonstrations, tours, open houses, guest speakers, hands-on activities, and much more! You will have the opportunity to explore the latest in cutting edge science; discover concepts that have been influencing new discoveries for centuries; exchange ideas with researchers; and participate first-hand in experiments that turn ideas into reality--You really have to experience it to believe it! And it's ALL FREE!
Many first timers arrive thinking the Festival is for kids only, but they are quickly (and quite brilliantly!) surprised to discover countless programs and presentations everyone wants to see- from from the oldest to the youngest, from the novice to the knowledgeable! We encourage you to thoroughly explore the schedule page, and note everything everyone wants to visit- this way no one in your party misses out on anything!
You may also like to keep in mind that the Festival works in partnership with a number of outstanding institutions, museums, science centers and STEAM professionals across the state; so in addition to events being offered on the E. Lansing Campus of Michigan State University, presentations are also offered in a variety of locations throughout Michigan. Be sure to explore new territory and have a great time discovering the many incredible resources available right here in Michigan!
**The MSU Science Festival is proudly coordinated and produced by Michigan State University, and thrilled to be working together with outstanding professionals and educators from across the state to bring Michigan communities an opportunity to experience “Science Live!”
The MSU Science Festival is also a proud supporter and member of the Science Festival Alliance
A 5th Anniversary look at where the MSU Science Festival began- A bit of history…
The idea for the MSU Science Festival first took root in 2011, when Renee Leone attended her first Science Festival hosted by the prestigious University of Cambridge (UK). During this event, world-class scientists presented on the latest innovations in science and technology. The experiences were so inspiring that upon returning to Michigan, Renee wrote up a proposal for a similar Michigan-based science festival and scheduled with Dr. Hiram Fitzgerald, Associate Provost of Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University (UOE-MSU), to present and discuss the idea. Dr. Fitzgerald enthusiastically embraced the idea and invited Renee to coordinate the festival on the spot!
As co-founder and coordinator, Renee Leone launched the inaugural MSU Science Festival in 2013 and fulfilled the vision of a multi-day Science Festival for life-long learners of all ages: a festival celebrating science and related disciplines of technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), all through a variety of presentation topics and formats. In the four years that followed, the Festival has expanded from an event consisting of over 100 presentations offered primarily by MSU faculty and students on the MSU East Lansing Campus, to a Festival with a statewide presence, inclusive of more than sixty external presentation partners, and forty venues in fifteen cities across the state. The MSU Science Festival is now one of the few festivals in the nation with a statewide reach, and which host the most diverse formats and topics.
An endeavor such as the MSU Science Festival could not be achieved without the contributions of many talented individuals. Several extraordinary assistant coordinators have helped over the years, including: Blair Zaid (2013), Anne Grevstad and Young Mi Choi-DeYoung (2014), and for the last three years Roxanne Truhn and Katherine Hagman (2015-present). Roxanne has been a leader in expanding the Festival’s Nights at the Museums and school programming, as has Katherine with leading the expansion of the Festival’s Science Café/Pub Nights and volunteer program. Jena Baker-Calloway, Carolyn Walker, and Charles Saadiq, of the MSU Detroit Center, also have been key in the development of the Festival’s Detroit Expo Day, initiated in 2014, and Shannon Schmoll has helped expand the Festival’s Statewide Astronomy Night network of participants.
MSU support teams from the National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement, and the Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative have helped make it possible to develop a gorgeous and functional website, marketing materials that capture the imagination, and an evaluation that allows the festival to grow and improve.
We hope all members of our Michigan communities (and visitors from out of state!) enjoy the events and activities the MSU Science Festival has to offer. May the wonders of science spark your curiosity and inspire your imagination!
Thank you to all the Festival’s many partners, presenters, sponsors, and volunteers for their dedication to making free science related experiences available to our communities.
These first five years of the Festival have been an extraordinary journey of growth and discovery, and we look forward to finding out what the next five will bring!
FUN FACT: Did you know the Science Festival's logo was inspired by the Periodic Table of Elements? Sc represents Scandium and Fe represents Iron! Find out more about the Periodic Table by visiting this link: http://periodictable.com/About/index.html