The festival – a collaborative effort involving the University of Arizona, Raytheon, IBM, Honeywell, US Expo, SciEnTeK-12, local schools and other partners – gives students a hands-on, real-life perspective of the sciences.
Traditionally held in conjunction with the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF), Funfest enables professional scientists and mathematicians to create a variety of interactive, hands-on workshops to engage and stimulate students’ inquisitive nature.
Each year, the event attracts more than 300 professional scientists and engineers from a wide range of technology fields. During the festival, those experts interact with more than 7,000 students, teachers and parents.
The impact of the festival is already being realized: More than 200 additional Science Fair projects are entered in the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and teachers reserve their trip to Funfest months in advance as registration is limited to 3,000 attendees daily.