WHAT IT IS
By connecting curiosity to careers we aim to fill gaps in the existing workforce and inspire our future workforce to seek careers in STEAM fields in Tennessee’s fast-growing and diversifying economic climate. Evaluation from the National Science Festival Alliance has shown that these events increase awareness of STEAM careers.
The Tennessee STEAM Festival aspires to build interest and excitement in STEAM, and cultivate the next generation of citizen and professional science advocates and practitioners by leveraging local partnerships from across the region. The Discovery Center, whose commitment to Murfreesboro and the surrounding region marked its 30th year in 2017, is leading the statewide effort.
The inaugural Tennessee STEAM Festival took place in October 2017. The Festival went well beyond the walls of children’s museums and science centers and into our businesses, universities, schools, and neighborhoods. From families to young adults, Tennesseans of all ages and backgrounds interacted with scientists, engineers, and designers and just about every sort of expert in between.