ASU science tech

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Getting kids and teens interested in science isn't always easy. So, the annual Arizona SciTech Festival was created.

It kicked off Feb. 9 and runs through March 17. It’s a celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that informs Arizonans from ages 3 to 103 how STEM education will drive our economy for the next 100 years. It is modeled after a similar festival in San Diego and it is causing quite a stir here.

Now in its second year, the festival is made up of a series of more than 200 expos, workshops, discussions, exhibitions and tours held in diverse neighborhoods throughout the state.

There are numerous fun things planned including “Geek Week,” “Girls have IT Day” and the “Science of Hockey.”

One of the big events happens this weekend on the campus at Arizona State University. It's called the "Night of the Open Door" and that's really what it is. Several areas of the campus, including the Mars Space Flight Facility, will be open for people to see.

The Mars Space Facility features everything from moon rocks to spaceship models to life-side replicas of the Mars rovers. ASU helped with the cameras on the rovers several years ago and successfully landed the Curiosity Lander just recently.

It all happens Saturday night, March 2.

Besides touring the facilities and meeting some of the scientists there are also several 3-D astronomy shows.

ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) has an amazing view of our planet, our solar system, and the galaxies beyond in a 45-minute 3-D tour of the universe.