Education Spotlight — Rain doesn’t dampen spirit at 2024 STEM Celebration at Fort Tuthill Fairground

Apr 30, 2024 | CCC&Y Info & Events

Youth check out the activities available at the Tynkertopia exhibit at the 2024 STEM Celebration. Photos by Frank X. Moraga / ©2024 — SEE MORE PHOTOS BELOW

Also see: Arizona Daily Sun — Gallery: STEM Celebration at Fort Tuthill

By the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth

Sporadic rain during the afternoon didn’t keep youth and parents away at the 2024 Annual Community STEM Celebration at the Fort Tuthill Fairgrounds on April 24, 2024.

More than 60 exhibitors took part in the free event which drew an estimated 900 participants to the fairgrounds, according to STEM City Coordinator Eli Cohen.

“I’d just like to thank you for your participation and support before, during, and after (the April 24) event,” Cohen wrote to exhibitors. “Despite the ‘challenging’ weather (snow, sun, rain, sun, snow, rain, sun, and on and on and on…), I think we put on an amazing event with great energy, super teamwork, and lots and lots of happy kids and families.”

While many exhibitors have traditionally set up their canopies and exhibits outside at the fairgrounds, the majority of exhibitors were able to set up inside the fairgrounds’ large warehouse building. Those braving the weather outside included Coconino High School Engineering, which set up a compressed air launch rocket range next to the Discing4Kids and CCC&Y‘s stomp rocket exhibits; the Flagstaff Police Dept.’s Bomb Squad vehicle, Highlands Fire District rescue vehicles, KAFF Country live radio, Kinney Construction Services‘ construction vehicles and food trucks.

The STEM Celebration offered Flagstaff residents a chance to explore the dynamic world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This day was full of hands-on activities, engaging demonstrations and insightful conversations. At this event, attendees should expect to be introduced to STEM as potential for educational opportunities and viable career paths.

The scheduled exhibitors included: 

  • National Weather Service
  • Flagstaff High School Computer Science Club
  • W.F. Killip Elementary School
  • Museum of Northern Arizona
  • USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center
  • US Geological Survey – Geology Minerals Energy and Geophysics Science Center
  • Coconino High School Engineering
  • Flagstaff High School Science
  • NAU Astronomy Club
  • Coconino Amateur Radio Club
  • Northern Arizona University AIMER and DeMiguel Elementary Walker Observatory
  • International Raptor & Falconry Center
  • Coconino Community College
  • Continental Animal Wellness Center
  • USGS Arizona Water Science Center
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Kinsey-FUSD
  • Flagstaff Festival of Science
  • USGS Astrogeology
  • Tynkertopia, Inc.
  • North Country HealthCare
  • City of Flagstaff Water Conservation
  • Flagstaff Open Spaces
  • Northern Arizona Climate Change Alliance (NAZCCA)
  • CocoNuts Robotics Team
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Flagstaff Unified School District #1
  • Coconino Community College-Astronomy
  • Arizona Laboratory for Applied Transportation Research (NAU)
  • Sun Sounds of Arizona
  • Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth
  • Coconino Community College – Geology
  • W. L. Gore & Associates
  • Grand Canyon Youth
  • Flagstaff Christian School
  • Marshall Magnet Elementary School
  • Renewal by Andersen of Arizona
  • CHS CIT Engineering
  • Northland Preparatory Academy- Girls Who Code Club
  • Continental Animal Wellness Center
  • FUSD
  • University of Arizona Project WET
  • Thomas Elementary, FUSD
  • CORE Construction
  • Willow Bend Environmental Education Center
  • Kinney Construction Services, Inc.
  • Mountain Line
  • Mountain School
  • Sinagua Middle School
  • Marshall Magnet Elementary School
  • Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project
  • Flagstaff Unified School District
  • The Arboretum at Flagstaff
  • Northern Arizona Healthcare
  • Southwest Fire Science Consortium
  • Warrior To Inspector
  • TGen North
  • SciTech Institute
  • Discing4Kids
  • Creative Flagstaff
  • Flagstaff Unified School District – FUSD Foundation
  • Guardian Air Transport
  • Center for STEM Teaching and Learning