Make the Arizona SciTech Festival a Family Affair: Bring Home the Famous Gecko

The Arizona SciTech Festival is on its way.  Week two of the Festival continues to pick-up momentum in all corners of the state by adding a few new twists into its activities. One such addition is the, Where’s The Gecko? Campaign.  The Festival’s famous “Gecko” has won the hearts of many of Festival-goers and has become an important part of the Festival “family!”  There is only one problem…the Gecko has run away from home!  Festival attendees have a chance to reunite the Gecko with his family by searching for, finding him, capturing the moment with a photo, and taking home prizes if your photo is the most “liked” on the Festival’s Facebook page, of the day! It’s rumored that there may be more than 30 Festival events at which this sneaky critter has determined to play hide-and-seek.  Perhaps you or a family member will be the lucky rescuer.  Stay tuned for several more creative ways to enjoy science throughout the Festival. For a list of where of which events the Gecko has been sighted, click here.

In addition to finding the Gecko, you may wish to reach out and immerse  yourself in other family-related events as well.  For East Valley families, consider attending Chandler’s Science Spectacular – the Tech Crawl.  Haven’t you wondered what is behind those business doors in your neighborhood…stop by Intel, Innovations and Air Products and Chemicals to find out. This one-time event takes place on Feb. 13, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.  You won’t believe the surprises in store for you.  Bring the whole family!  Further in the week, Feb. 15, Chandler also features: Chandler Science Spectacular: A Night of Art and Science, where technology meets the arts during the City’s Third Friday Art walk.

If Central Phoenix is where you find yourself on Feb. 14, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Valentine’s Day, share the love of music, arts, entertainment and technology together in a performance presented by Radio Healer.  You will experience live music, refreshments, and a chance to get to know your neighbors.  Radio Healer is an expression of music, dance, story and electronic media. And, further into town, the acclaimed Falcon Robotics team from Carl Hayden High School will showcase their model rockets, fun demos, robotics, and more.

If Art and Science is your thing, Maricopa Community Colleges presents original artwork created by the students on the theme of “Science.”

Heading up Northeast in the Valley to Scottsdale, for the Science of Baseball, is the kick-off to the 2013 Spring Training Festival hosted by the Scottsdale Charros.  Science and baseball fans can dig into real-life experiments, ballpark chow, art, baseball merchandise and music.

If it’s one thing that Tempe knows, it’s how to throw a party!  Going into Tempe brings to life the celebration and coolness of “Geeks.”  Several High Schools and the City of Tempe are blending science, technology and fun to host a party to remember…plus, all the events are free! Also be sure to advance register for ASU’s hottest event, Night of the Open Door on March 2nd and receive a free goodie bag to make the heart glow at

To get lost through learning in all corners of the Valley through this year’s Arizona SciTech Festival, go online for a roster of events that seem to never end.  Log onto:

Now get out there and enjoy the festivities! Click here for a full schedule of events through March 17.