First Annual Tennessee STEAM Festival Kicks Off Across the State

Throughout the month of October, Tennesseans across the state will have the opportunity to engage with STEAM experts, ranging from horticulturalists to forensic scientists and everything in between, at the first ever Tennessee STEAM Festival. The STEAM Festival, founded by the Discovery Center of Murfreesboro, seeks to provide students and adults with unique opportunities to discover the role of STEAM in a variety of careers and industries through engaging, hands-on sessions. The Festival, which runs between October 12-22, features more than 50 events throughout West, Middle and East Tennessee. We are pleased to highlight a few of the many unique opportunities across the state! Please visit the Tennessee STEAM Festival website for a complete list of opportunities.

Science of Fear:
Date/Time: Friday, October 13, 11:00 pm
Venue: Belcourt Theater, Nashville, TN
Spend your Friday the 13th learning all about the science and psychology of fear with Dr. David Zald. After his lecture, enjoy a midnight screening of the classic horror film, ‘Friday the 13th’. Register on the Belcourt website.

Monarch Butterfly Tagging:
 Date/Time: Saturday, October 14 1:00-3:00 PM, Saturday October 21 1:00-300 PM
Venue: Seven Islands State Park, Kodak, TN
Admission: $5.00
Bring your family and friends out to Seven Islands State Birding Park to help catch, tag and release monarch butterflies with Steve McGaffin, Curator of Education at Zoo Knoxville. Learn about the beauty and life of this delicate and yet enduring butterfly while helping scientists to learn more about their migration and conservation. Butterfly nets will be provided, but if you have your own, feel free to bring it. Do not wear insect repellent or sunscreen. Sturdy shoes and water are recommended. We may walk around the park for the best location, so be prepared for a 1-2 mile walk. For more information, e-mail


Way Late Play Date: Marvel vs DC
Date/Time: Friday, October 20, 7:00-10:00 PM
Venue: Schulz Brau Brewery, 126 Bernard Street, Knoxville, TN
Admission: $20.00, 21 + only
Teachers and parents, you deserve a night out too! Explore the science behind the two powerhouses of the comic book world – Marvel Comics and DC Comics – with exciting hands-on science activities and demonstrations that explore high-tech gadgetry, arachnid- and botany-inspired superpowers, and more.

Pumpkin Chunkin:
Date/Time: Saturday, October 21 3:00 PM-6:00 PM CDT
Venue: The Grove at Williamson Place, 3250 Wilkinson Pk, Murfreesboro
Admission: Free Stop by for an exciting afternoon of launching 10 pound pumpkins from a trebuchet, wild science demonstrations, firing a pumpkin cannon, and the famous corn maze! Discovery Center is teaming up with Batey Farms and the MTSU Physics Club and Engineering department to bring you a day to remember!

Earth Science Week at Discovery Park of America:
Date/Time: October 12 8:00 AM – October 18, 5:00 PM
Venue: 830 Everett Boulevard, Union City, Tennessee 38261
Discovery Park of America will be presenting programs throughout Earth Science Week, October 8 – 14.  A new display featuring fossils from Coon Creek, TN will be opened with an accompanying educational program where guests can learn about this unique geologic formation.  Other programs include a teacher workshop and a fossil identification table manned by University of Tennessee at Martin faculty and students.  For complete details, visit

Whether you are looking for a class outing, a fun event to bring your own kids, or even a date night, the Tennessee STEAM Festival is a great opportunity to engage with the community, learn something new and have fun!

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