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What is the St. Petersburg Science Festival?

The 7th annual St. Petersburg Science Festival (SPSF) is being held on Saturday, October 21st, in conjunction with MarineQuest, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s annual open house.

The SPSF is a free, public celebration offering a wide range of hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math-related activities. They include creative and compelling exhibits, demonstrations, tours, discussions and performances.

The SPSF also offers a Sneak Peek for schools on Friday, October 20th, to provide local schools and students a sneak peek into the festival. Students in grades 4 and 5 will spend two and a half hours experiencing hands-on science activities in a variety of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics disciplines.

This year we are proud to welcome the returning marine debris sculpture “Current Collections”, an art installation designed to represent a rotating ocean gyre. The sculpture, which debuted at the 2014 St. Pete Science Festival, spans 40 ft. wide by 30 ft. high, tall enough to walk underneath and experience the swirling plastic as if you were in the gyre, under water! Artists and marine scientists teamed up with local youth and community organizations to use debris from our own beaches to create the massive sculpture to call attention to marine debris and impacts on wildlife and coastal ecosystems.

When is it?

  • Sneak-Peek School Day (by reservation only): Friday, October 20, 2017 from 9:00 am - 2:20 pm
  • St. Petersburg Science Festival Public Event (all ages): Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Where is it and how do I get there?

On the grounds of the Poynter Park and University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus - Bayboro Waterfront, 140 Seventh Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL, 33701.

From Sixth Avenue South, follow Harborwalk (and the tall, flag signs) and walk to the grassy area behind Davis Hall. Look for the big tent (and the smaller tents). You can’t miss it!

Why St. Petersburg?

The City of St. Petersburg is home to many festivals; our community proudly celebrates our local art, sports, and music. These festivals showcase the amazing array of assets the Tampa Bay area has to offer and the community loves them.

On October 21th, science will be the star.

St. Petersburg has numerous academic institutions, corporations and government agencies that are heavily invested in science, technology, engineering and math. It is also home to the St. Petersburg Ocean Team, a marine science research community of more than 1,600 working scientists and researchers.

This festival highlights St. Petersburg’s hidden science treasures, engages the community, and inspires young minds to become tomorrow’s innovators.

Who’s planning this festival?

The SPSF is a grassroots community volunteer effort and the collaborators are a "who’s who” of science organizations in St. Petersburg and their friends. They include people from major academic centers to leading research organizations, cutting edge high technology corporations, museums, environmental outreach organizations, volunteer student interns who are planning, organizing and executing all the functions that go into putting on a public science event.

Sponsors from throughout the community, many of them collaborators, have provided funding for the science festival.

What will we see? What will we do?

The science festival is a "carnival of science” filled with indoor and outdoor hands-on exhibits and activities. Among the exhibits and sights: view underwater remotely operated vehicles, peer into a microscope, learn about circuits, and see what marine life lives off of Florida’s coasts. You’ll have the opportunity to chat with experts from the fields of marine science, forensics, and exploration, just to name a few.

You will participate, create, interact, and be entertained!

Is this science festival just for kids?

The public festival on Saturday, October 21th, is appropriate for all ages.

No pets please.

Is there an admission fee?

The science festival is free.





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