Spark your curiosity at our annual series of weekend expos! Meet local scientists, engineers and other experts for a behind-the-scenes look at real science. Bring your friends and family back each month to explore new fields, find new hobbies, and meet the people who are doing amazing things in our own backyard — all free and open to the public.
January 14-16: Community Science Showcase
Join scientists, researchers, engineers and other experts from St. Louis to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend at the Science Center. Community Science Showcase highlights underrepresented role models in science-related careers. Come meet real life scientists, ask them how they fell in love with science, and learn how you can do it, too.
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February 25-26: Dream Big
Celebrate the culmination of National Engineers Week with an event focused on overcoming mighty challenges through the wonders of engineering. MacGillivray Freeman, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Bechtel Corporation have partnered to produce Dream Big, an awe-inspiring documentary focused on the wonders of the modern world. Join in the fun to meet real-life engineers and learn how engineering impacts everything in the world around us.
March 11, 12, 14: I <3 Pi
Everyone’s favorite number takes the spotlight leading up to Pi Day (3.14 = March 14). I <3 Pi celebrates the importance of math in the world around us, because it’s everywhere! From the pizza you eat to the gears that drive your bicycle wheels to huge turbines that generate electricity, math makes its way into our daily lives in ways you may have never even expected. Come see how!
April 15: Brain Matters
Learn how you think, and think about how you learn, all at our annual celebration of the brain. Meet real neuroscientists and touch a real human brain. The nervous system is one of the most intriguing aspects of the human body and sits at the center of disciplines like psychology, neurobiology and even philosophy – there’s truly something to amaze and inspire everyone.
May 13: Game On!
Coding technology is surging forward, and the Science Center invites you to learn about how you can get involved in making your own apps and games. Join local programmers and video game designers to hear their stories, demo their games in development, and see what’s possible with the power of code!
June 17-18: Mega Machines
Towering above us, cranes, bulldozers, fire trucks and combines are able to accomplish awe-inspiring things every day. The roar of their engines excites young girls and boys, and those young at heart, too! Head to the Science Center over Father’s Day Weekend to learn more about the design and use of these goliaths, and how you could be in the driver’s seat someday.
July 15: Bright Ideas Expo
Creativity comes to life at Bright Ideas Expo, bringing together the artists, entrepreneurs, crafters, tinkerers, hackers, and other creative experts who make St. Louis a vibrant, thriving city. See the experts in action, find a new hobby that piques your interest, and learn about the places in St. Louis where you can foster your new hobby into a lifetime passion.
August 19-20: Eclipsed!
Lead up to the Great American Eclipse on Monday, August 21 with a weekend of space exploration at the Science Center. Hear from local astronomers and planetary scientists about how eclipses happen and how you can view them safely. Learn what NASA and other space initiatives are studying, and see the night sky at high noon in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.
September 23: Rock, Fossil, Quake
Revisit the age of dinosaurs with our SciFest highlighting earth science and paleontology. Learn how our region’s volcanic past shaped our local parks. Hear about how you can best be prepared for a Midwest mega-earthquake. And find out if your favorite dinosaur may have once roamed the land – or swam the sea – that is now Missouri and Illinois.
October 14: Music-ology
Shake, rattle and roll with a backstage pass to learn about the science of music. Head to the Science Center for a day of live concerts and presentations about what makes music distinct from other noise and how the math underlying soundwaves plays a pivotal role. Physics and math have never sounded so good.
November 4: Healthy U.
SciFest 2017 culminates with our annual celebration of health! Study up on easy tips you can use to make healthier everyday choices for you and your family and friends. Kids and adults alike can get their questions answered by all sorts of experts on-site. You’ll learn a lot at Healthy U., but don’t worry, there’s no final exam!