Gila County’s 5th Annual STEMFest is coming to Bullion Plaza in Miami on Saturday, April 23 from 9 AM – 12 PM. As always, STEMFest is a free, community event. This year, STEMFest will be welcoming back favorite exhibitors such as Fred Jimenez and his wonderful worms and Tonto National Monument. New exhibits this year will include a fossil digging pit from the Gem & Mineral Society and a demonstration by the Globe and Miami Robotics Teams.
New Booths This Year:
- Reptile Booth: Learn about native Arizona reptiles; learn to identify venomous snakes from non-venomous snakes; live snakes; Learn why reptiles play an important role in our ecosystem. (Booth hosted by two Destiny School 2nd graders – and parents)
- Early Childhood Section: entire section dedicated to early childhood development hosted by Globe and Miami Head Starts, First Things First, and Teen Outreach Pregnancy Service. There will be plenty of fun activities to stimulate curiosity and learning the youngest STEMFest attendees. Parents will also have the opportunity to receive valuable resources to help their young ones gain a strong start in life and be ready to start school.
- Gila County Gem & Mineral Society: Will be bringing back their glowing rocks exhibit, but will also offer a fossil digging pit. The “pit” is a favorite among Gem & Mineral Show attendees. We are excited to have it for the first time at STEMFest! Kids can dig up shark teeth, rocks, minerals, ammonites, etc.
- Libraries: Globe and Miami libraries will be teaming up this year to offer a variety of activities and demonstrations. Check out some of the earliest portable computing devices and their development overtime – all the way to the 3-D printer. The Friends of the Globe Library will be showing off the library’s new 3-D printer. Robotics students will also be on hand to help students build their own robots.
- Robotics Teams: Checkout the robots built by the Globe and Miami robotics teams during a special demonstration. (Times will be listed in the festival passport.)
- Dr. Nathan Cline: Dr. Cline is Gila Community College’s new biology instructor. He will be presenting a variety a wildlife specimens as well as offer activities for kids on climate and plant identification.
- Health Choice: Information about health insurance.
- Globe Boys & Girls Club
- University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
Returning favorites from last year’s STEMFest:
Fred Jimenez and his wonderful worms
Food for Thought – Pollinators (hosted by Freeport)
Arizona Water Company
Tonto National Monument
Arizona Children’s Association – information on becoming a foster parent
Globe Police Department
Gila County Sheriff’s Office
Gila County Health Department
Autumn Giles is a freelance writer and recipe developer whose work has appeared in Edible Baja Arizona, Modern Farmer, Punch, Serious Eats, and elsewhere. Her first book, Beyond Canning was published in February 2016.