TechFestTM 2019 will be on held Saturday, February 16, 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, February 17, 11 am – 5 pm. It will at the David Ponitz Center (Building 12) at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio 45402 (GPS Setting: 301 West Fourth Street, Dayton, Ohio)
Youth K-12 and their families in the Greater Dayton/Miami Valley are invited to have FREE family fun with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at TechFestTM. Youth and their parents can explore many facets of STEM together. TechFest does not cost the families anything. The purpose is to inspire youth to study math and science in their school environment and have a career exploration experience. Advance Registration is not required.
Hands-on interactive exhibits that are demonstrated by practicing scientists and engineers. TechFest typically has approximately 70 exhibits from professional societies, colleges, universities, businesses, parks, museums, and Wright-Paterson Air Force Base. The central focus on exhibits is in building 12, often with others in buildings 11 and/or 13 and occasionally, outside. The wide range of topics includes but is not limited to biology, life sciences, chemistry, physics, aviation, electricity, manufacturing, weather, space, environmental science, computer technology, computer simulation, computer games, optics, math, civil engineering, project management, safety, technology of public safety, and more. Additionally, there are a computer museum and the National Engineering and Science Hall of Fame. Youth and their parents can ask questions of these people about their job, their career, the subjects that they needed to study, and what they like about their chosen fields. This is particularly valuable for youth in middle school and high school who need to be preparing themselves to enter a career.
There are also stage demonstrations and presentations on STEM topics. TechFest typically will have approximately 10 presenters including scientists and engineers who will make scheduled entertaining and informative presentations during the week-end agenda. “Info-tainment” presentations include: piloting an F16; Math, Magic and Mystery, Thomas Edison, Christopher Columbus, chemistry, waves sciences all around us, Inventing a 3-D printer, and more.