Hybrid Los Alamos ScienceFest Set For July 6-11, ‘Discovery Boxes’ Available For Reservation


Los Alamos ScienceFest returns this year Tuesday, July 6 through Sunday, July 11 for a hybrid event that will feature both virtual and in-person Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) activities.

The annual Los Alamos ScienceFest, now in its 14th year, will highlight the community’s role at the forefront of current science and technology research and innovation – from space exploration to the COVID-19 pandemic. The July event will cover educational topics for the whole family. The goal: make science fun, more accessible and easy-to-understand, and inspire youth to have a passion for exploring STEAM topics – while at the same time revealing some of the focus areas for Los Alamos National Laboratory and other local scientists. This year it’s ScienceFest+, which means there will be more STEAM topics to discover, experience and learn, through a variety of mediums.

Live science panels and demos will take place after 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday of ScienceFest week at Fuller Lodge, and include topics ranging from COVID disease modeling, to composting demonstrations. Several outdoor movie night screenings will engage the entire family, from Robin Williams’ classic, “Flubber,” to the filmed-in-New Mexico “The Astronaut Farmer.” Virtual activity options will also be available for those not yet comfortable coming out in-person.

While Saturday’s typical Discovery Day festival won’t be happening due to the ongoing pandemic, this year event organizers are piloting a program where local participants can reserve and pick up a free “Discovery Box” to experience hands-on science at home in lieu of the highly interactive, high-touch Discovery Day at Ashley Pond. Several different boxes will be available, depending on age group, and tailored to preschoolers, kids and teens/adults. Boxes must be reserved in advance on a first-come basis through the Los Alamos ScienceFest website and can be picked up at the beginning of ScienceFest week starting Tuesday, July 6.

Saturday, July 10 will still feature some in-person activities, including an Electric Vehicle Show and limited organizations present for some demonstrations and STEAM education.

Celebrate science with Los Alamos at ScienceFest 2021: Driven By Science! Get the full schedule and to register for applicable programming, visit the website at www.LosAlamosScienceFest.com or follow the event on Facebook.

The event is organized by Los Alamos MainStreet and Creative District, and generously sponsored this year by Los Alamos County, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Del Norte Credit Union, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Triad, LLC, UNM-LA, and UbiQD, and with collaborative support by dozens of local partners and organizations.

About Los Alamos MainStreet

Los Alamos MainStreet is a program of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC), which is a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization, which has served the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC also serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, projectY cowork Los Alamos, Los Alamos Creative District and the Los Alamos Research Park. LACDC’s mission is to build a vibrant community through a thriving economy by leveraging public and private sector investment to achieve sustainable economic development. LACDC works to drive economic progress by providing services to businesses using its broad portfolio of programs and initiatives.