The 2016 Dayton Regional Science Festival is a two-day celebration of all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery (BMD). On Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 local participating businesses, organizations, and educational institutions will provide people of all ages an opportunity to see science in a new light at the BMD. The Dayton Regional Science Festival offers everyone a chance to discover their inner scientist. From the Wright Brothers and Charles Kettering to the inventor of the human heart-lung machine, Leland Clark, science and invention have put southwestern Ohio on the map as a STEM hub. The greater-Dayton region has been a hotbed of industry, innovation, and STEM discovery for hundreds of years, and in order to fuel current and future generations with the insatiable curiosity that births new invention, our region needs to celebrate what has made us exceptional: science, technology, engineering, math, medicine, and art.
In 2010 the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, a long-time provider of community STEM programming initiated a conversation among businesses, organizations, and community leaders that sought to do two things; 1) address a growing trend that local, regional, and students nationally are falling behind in Science and Math and 2) get children, families, adults, and college students excited about STEM and all of the invaluable opportunities it can provide.
Since its conception in 2010, the Dayton Regional Science Festival (formerly known as Ignite Innovation), has grown exponentially. Truly a community-wide STEM celebration, in 2015 the Festival boasted 19 partner organizations.
More than anything, the Dayton Regional Science Festival is an opportunity for people of all ages to realize that science isn’t scary or intimidating, it is accessible to all genders, ages, educational abilities and interests. Embracing STEM as a foundation in everyday life and education will propel us into a future of unlimited possibilities and community success.