Next Big Idea Festival in Los Alamos, NM September 2011
Los Alamos, NM is hosting its 3rd Annual “Next Big Idea: A Festival of Discovery, Invention, and Innovation” on September 16-17, 2011. In a town known for its technology, innovation, and forward thinking, this festival highlights Los Alamos’ unique and creative heritage.
The anticipation for this year’s “Next Big Idea: A Festival of Discovery, Invention, and Innovation” has already begun with the “Art for Science Sake,” a contest that judges art pieces created from science and math. Online submissions will be accepted through July 31, 2011 at the website.
Friday, September 16th, is the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Student Day. This all-day event (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is designed to stimulate interest and inspire young people from throughout New Mexico and the country to consider futures in STEM fields. STEM Student Day 2011 details can be found online.
The Festival Day is Saturday, September 17th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ashley Pond. This day of family-friendly fun for free and showcases a variety of ideas and inventions in the fields of art, science, and math fields. Guests are invited to interact with scientists, technologists, innovative artists, and inventors and explore the many hands-on, interactive presentations/exhibits intended to entice children of all ages. Additionally, there will be food concessions and musical entertainment.
“Los Alamos MainStreet is very excited for this year’s Next Big Idea. The unique history of our town was built on science, technology and discovery. What a better way to celebrate it, than with a weekend full of inner-active activities,” said Suzette Fox, MainStreet Manager/Community Projects Coordinator. “It is not only a great venue for adults interested in new and innovative ideas, but is a great way for young people to get a sense of what scientists and inventors do in a fun, relevant and hands-on way.”