6th Annual Tennessee STEAM Festival Brings Science to Life

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.—Science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) will come to life in events and activities across the state during the 6th annual Tennessee STEAM Festival, taking place from October 14 to 23.

The festival was founded by the Discovery Center in Murfree Spring and includes events hosted by a wide range of museums, schools, community centers and other attractions. More information is available at TNsteam.org. The Festival’s popular “STEAM-a-Palooza” returns this year on Saturday, October 15 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Discovery Center. This free outdoor event for all ages (rain or shine) features robotics, creative arts, environmental conservation, composting, cosmetics, physics, math and meteorology as well as live performances and food trucks. Additionally, general admission to the Discovery Center for indoor exhibits will be half price from noon to 4 p.m. on October 15.

“Where else can curious kids and adults navigate using the stars, hunt for bugs with an entomologist, engage with scientists, engineers, tech industry experts and artists at a celebration 10 days across the state? said Discovery Center CEO Tara MacDougall. “The Festival would not be possible without the many organizations and businesses taking part this year. Each offers a very special opportunity to discover the importance of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics in our daily lives.

organized events include:

  • Statewide Star Parties at locations across the state – October 14
  • Lantern History Tours at Chickasaw State Park, Henderson – October 14
  • Rowing Day at Ramer Civic Center, Ramer – October 15
  • Knoxville Zoo Monarch Tagging at Seven Islands State Birding Park, Kodak – October 15-16
  • Girls Inc. of Tennessee Valley Celebrating Women & Girls In STEM at Market Square Farmers Market, Knoxville – October 15
  • Conservation and Art at the Elephant Sanctuary, Hohenwald – October 15
  • Big Bug Hunt at Sam Davis Historic Home, Smyrna – October 15
  • Lantern Parade, Discovery Center, Murfreesboro – October 20
  • …and much more!

Featured event partners include:

  • Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
  • Adventure Science Center
  • Memphis Children’s Museum
  • Oak Ridge Children’s Museum
  • Creative Discovery Museum
  • Creative Girls Rock
  • Edge Automotive Museum
  • FiftyForward Senior Centers
  • Friends of Mill Ridge Park
  • First art museum
  • Hands on! Discovery Center
  • McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Memphis Botanical Garden
  • metal museum
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Muse Knoxville
  • Nashville Ballet
  • National Weather Service
  • Oz Arts Nashville
  • Reelfoot Lake State Park
  • Smokies Ripley’s Aquarium
  • The Caves
  • The Parthenon
  • WonderWorks

Sponsored by the Franke and Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.

About the Discovery Center
The Murfree Spring Discovery Center is an interactive, environmental, cultural and educational museum located in the heart of Middle Tennessee. More than 120,000 children and families visit each year, exploring exhibits and participating in programs that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education. Adjacent to the center is the Murfree Spring Protected Wetlands, a natural habitat for a variety of fish, amphibians and birds. Located at 502 SE Broad Street in Murfreesboro, TN. For more information, visit www.explorethedc.org or call (615) 890-2300.

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