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March 29, 2022

2022 MSU Science Festival announces schedule

The 10th annual MSU Science Festival recently announced its full schedule of free events that celebrate and explore science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Beginning April 1, and continuing throughout the month, individuals of all ages are invited to attend events both in person and on a virtual platform. The festival has solely offered virtual programming the past two years.

The festival’s keynote speaker is Karen Marrongelle, chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation, who will speak to the importance of scientific progress, both in the past and looking toward the future. Interested individuals are asked to register to attend through Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on April 1.

“The National Science Foundation is one of the country’s premier agencies for funding science research and education,” said Laurie A. Van Egeren, interim associate provost for University Outreach and Engagement. “We’re thrilled to have Dr. Marrongelle joining us to talk about scientific advancements, in line with this year’s theme ‘Envisioning the Future.’ Her words will set the stage for events throughout the month as attendees learn from, and engage with, leaders and innovators in our scientific community.”

One of this year’s main features, Science in the Gardens, invites attendees to visit MSU’s Horticulture Gardens on April 9-10. Attendees will explore such things as butterflies in the garden and machine learning, to understanding how accurately movies obey the laws of physics, chemistry demonstrations and more.

Other featured events for the 2022 MSU Science Festival include:

Not only will attendees be able to participate in programs, tours and hands-on learning on MSU’s campus, but they will also have the opportunity to connect with scientific venues in regions throughout Michigan, including a museum in Kalamazoo, a planetarium in Jackson and an observatory in Detroit.

All events are free, and a full list of in-person/virtual events, frequently asked questions, resources for educators and more, can be found by visiting Michigan State University’s Science Festival website.