Science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) will come to life at more than 100 events across the state during the 3rd annual Tennessee STEAM Festival, taking place Oct. 11‑20, 2019.
The Festival was founded by the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring and incorporates events at a wide range of museums, schools, community centers and other attractions. A complete listing of activities and locations is available at TNsteam.org.
“The Tennessee STEAM Festival continues to grow with an ever-expanding reach across our great state, providing Tennesseans exciting new ways to engage with science, technology, engineering, art and math,” said Discovery Center CEO Tara MacDougall. “The Festival is focused on promoting lifelong learning and on helping citizens better understand the world around them.
“We’re very appreciative of our sponsors and partners who have stepped up to support this critical endeavor at locations across the state. This Festival wouldn’t be possible without them,” MacDougall said.
Signature events during the Tennessee STEAM Festival include:
- Storybook Science at the Discovery Center, Murfreesboro
- Charlotte’s Web Activity and Movie Night at MTSU, Murfreesboro
- Nashville Symphony Orchestra at Plaza Mariachi, Nashville
- STEAM Carnival at West Town Mall, Knoxville
- EarthCache Day at Discovery Park of America, Union City
- Craft Fair STEAM Tent at Audubon Park, Memphis
- Science in the Circus at Patterson Park Community Center, Murfreesboro
- …and much more!
Participating organizations include:
- Discovery Center
- Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
- Adventure Science Center
- Bartlett Library
- Braingineers Lab
- Breeden’s Orchard
- Caritas Village
- C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa
- Challenge Island
- Chattanooga State Community College
- Chickasaw State Park
- Children’s Museum of Memphis
- Collierville Library
- Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
- Creative Discovery Museum
- Cumberland River Compact
- Customs House Museum
- Discovery Park of America
- Earth Experience Museum
- Eastman Chemical Company
- Fisk University
- Frist Art Museum
- Hands On! Discovery Center
- Harpeth Hall
- Lanes, Trains, & Automobiles
- Learning Blade
- Lichterman Nature Center
- Maryville College
- Memphis Botanic Garden
- Metal Museum
- MTEACH at MTSU
- MTSU Department of Physics and Astronomy
- MTSU STEAM Medallions
- Murfreesboro City Schools
- Murfreesboro Parks & Rec
- The Muse Knoxville
- Nashville Symphony
- Patterson Park Community Center
- Percy Warner/Nashville Parks
- Pink Palace Museum
- Plaza Mariachi
- Reelfoot Lake State Park
- Ridenour Rehearsal Studios
- Rocky Fork Elementary School
- Rutherford County Arts Alliance
- Rutherford County Black Business Network
- Rutherford County Farmers Market
- Rutherford County Library System/TEC
- Shelby Farms Park
- Tennessee College of Applied Technology
- Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
- Tennessee Technological University
- Tennessee Craft Fair
- Tennessee STEM Education Center
- Turnip Green Creative Reuse
- Williamson Inc.
- Zoo Knoxville
While most of the Festival’s events are free and open to the public, some are subject to admission charges and space limitations.
Sponsored by Franke, the Tennessee Section of the American Chemical Society, FedEx, Dr. and Mrs. Scott Corlew, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Atmos Energy, Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and CedarStone Bank, in partnership with Science Festival Alliance, Science Alliance of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee Craft Week and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.
About the Discovery Center
The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on, environmental, cultural and educational museum located in the heart of Middle Tennessee. More than 120,000 children and families visit annually, exploring exhibits and participating in programs that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) education. Adjacent to the Center is the protected Murfree Spring wetlands, a natural habitat for a variety of fish, amphibians and birds. Located at 502 S.E. Broad Street in Murfreesboro, TN, the Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.explorethedc.org or call (615) 890-2300.
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