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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Tennessee STEAM Festival starts Friday - Variety of events and activities for all ages, Oct. 11-20

Science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) will come to life at more than 100 events across the state during the 3rd annual Tennessee STEAM Festival, taking place Oct. 11‑20, 2019.

The Festival was founded by the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring and incorporates events at a wide range of museums, schools, community centers and other attractions. A complete listing of activities and locations is available at

“The Tennessee STEAM Festival continues to grow with an ever-expanding reach across our great state, providing Tennesseans exciting new ways to engage with science, technology, engineering, art and math,” said Discovery Center CEO Tara MacDougall. “The Festival is focused on promoting lifelong learning and on helping citizens better understand the world around them.

“We’re very appreciative of our sponsors and partners who have stepped up to support this critical endeavor at locations across the state. This Festival wouldn’t be possible without them,” MacDougall said.

Signature events during the Tennessee STEAM Festival include:

Storybook Science at the Discovery Center, MurfreesboroCharlotte’s Web Activity and Movie Night at MTSU, MurfreesboroNashville Symphony Orchestra at Plaza Mariachi, NashvilleSTEAM Carnival at West Town Mall, KnoxvilleEarthCache Day at Discovery Park of America, Union CityCraft Fair STEAM Tent at Audubon Park, MemphisScience in the Circus at Patterson Park Community Center, Murfreesboro...and much more!

Participating organizations include:

Discovery CenterAbraham Lincoln Library and MuseumAdventure Science CenterBartlett LibraryBraingineers LabBreeden's OrchardCaritas VillageC.H. Nash Museum at ChucalissaChallenge IslandChattanooga State Community CollegeCheekwoodChickasaw State ParkChildren's Museum of MemphisCollierville LibraryCountry Music Hall of Fame & MuseumCreative Discovery MuseumCumberland River CompactCustoms House MuseumDiscovery Park of AmericaEarth Experience MuseumEastman Chemical CompanyFiftyForwardFisk UniversityFrist Art MuseumHands On! Discovery CenterHarpeth HallLanes, Trains, & AutomobilesLearning BladeLichterman Nature CenterMaryville CollegeMemphis Botanic GardenMetal MuseumMTEACH at MTSUMTSU Department of Physics and AstronomyMTSU STEAM MedallionsMurfreesboro City SchoolsMurfreesboro Parks & RecThe Muse KnoxvilleNashville SymphonyPatterson Park Community CenterPercy Warner/Nashville ParksPink Palace MuseumPlaza MariachiReelfoot Lake State ParkRidenour Rehearsal StudiosRocky Fork Elementary SchoolRutherford County Arts AllianceRutherford County Black Business NetworkRutherford County Farmers MarketRutherford County Library System/TECShelby Farms ParkTennessee College of Applied TechnologyTennessee Department of Environment and ConservationTennessee Technological UniversityTennessee Craft FairTennessee STEM Education CenterTurnip Green Creative ReuseVanderbilt/VI4Williamson Inc.Zoo Knoxville

While most of the Festival’s events are free and open to the public, some are subject to admission charges and space limitations.

Connect with the Tennessee STEAM Festival on Facebook @STEAMFestival or on Twitter @STEAMFest.

Sponsored by Franke, the Tennessee Section of the American Chemical Society, FedEx, Dr. and Mrs. Scott Corlew, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Atmos Energy, Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and CedarStone Bank, in partnership with Science Festival Alliance, Science Alliance of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee Craft Week and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

About the Discovery Center

The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on, environmental, cultural and educational museum located in the heart of Middle Tennessee. More than 120,000 children and families visit annually, exploring exhibits and participating in programs that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) education. Adjacent to the Center is the protected Murfree Spring wetlands, a natural habitat for a variety of fish, amphibians and birds. Located at 502 S.E. Broad Street in Murfreesboro, TN, the Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit or call (615) 890-2300.

Engaging Curious Minds to Fuel the Future.


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