Attendees can participate virtually via a mobile or desktop app, and are encouraged to visit the ScienceFest website for full schedule information
Each year, thousands typically participate in Los Alamos ScienceFest week and Discovery Day. Under current restrictions due to COVID-19, however, the iconic event has been forced to adapt. Returning this July 7-12 for its 13th year, Los Alamos ScienceFest will feature an entirely virtual line-up of activities for all ages, celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) topics under the theme, “20/20: Eyes On the Future.”
Those interested in attending this year’s activities may download ScienceFest’s official mobile app, Whova, or login from the Desktop App to view content and join livestreams. The full schedule will also be available on the Los Alamos ScienceFest website, www.LosAlamosScienceFest.com. Those joining from their desktop computer should register in advance via Eventbrite and then log in starting on the kickoff day, Tuesday, July 7. Full details are available on the website.
This year’s topics will range from the future of agriculture and food production, to cybersecurity, energy, and even new camera and drone technologies enabling scientists to study wildlife like never before. This year also marks several notable milestones for Los Alamos and the nation, which includes the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and the centennial anniversary of women’s right to vote. Special guests include Los Alamos National Laboratory Historian Alan Carr and Lab Director Thom Mason, who will respectively speak to the Manhattan Project era and Trinity Test, as well as explore the Lab’s innovations and projects over the years — including the ability of tech transfer to bring discoveries into the wider world, and emerging areas for the Laboratory and its mission.
In addition, a special “Pioneering Women in Los Alamos” poster trail, through a partnership with the Laboratory’s Community Partnership Office, the Los Alamos Historical Society, Del Norte Credit Union and assistance from a local Girl Scout, will highlight notable women throughout history who have made advancements in their respective fields. The posters will be displayed throughout Los Alamos County during ScienceFest week and include a special scavenger hunt with a prize.
This year’s virtual Los Alamos ScienceFest is made possible through partnerships with dozens of local organizations, and the generous sponsorships of Los Alamos County, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Del Norte Credit Union, TechSource, UNM-LA, and UbiQD. It is produced by Los Alamos MainStreet and the Los Alamos Creative District, programs of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC), and in partnership with Los Alamos County.