STEMfest planned for Oct. 8

*Note: Due to the weather forecast, the event has been moved indoors to the Alumni Gym and Bartlett Hall. 

STEMfest planned for Oct. 8

Oct. 4, 2017

The Maryville College chapters of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society (BBB) will host the 5th annual STEMfest on Sun., Oct. 8, 2017 from 2-6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Gym and Bartlett Hall. 

STEMfest is a science fair-based festival celebrating the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It will include fun games, such as “Beat the Heart,” “Fission Collision” and “Life-Sized Operation,” as well as exciting competitions, such as a pie eating competition and “Crash Test Engineering.” The event will also include interactive science experiment demonstrations, inflatables, informative booths from STEM-based community partners and plenty of chances to win great prizes, including a drone!

STEMfest, which is open to the public, is appropriate for all ages and includes games and activities for everyone. Entry is $5 and includes 20 tickets to play games. MC students are admitted at no cost. Additionally, children ages 12 and under can color a STEMfest coloring sheet to receive an additional 10 free game tickets with admission to the event (download the coloring sheets here)

Faculty advisors Dr. Nathan Duncan and Dr. Dave Unger are partnering with Maryville College Admissions to make STEMfest serve as a way for prospective Maryville College students to see what life as a MC STEM major is like. Prospective students will attend meetings and presentations from STEM division professors and students on Saturday night, then attend STEMfest on Sunday.  

Student members of ACS and BBB have put countless hours into painting, collecting prizes, coming up with incredible and challenging games, coordinating to have fun and science-minded guests, and making sure everything is perfect for you! Organization presidents Molly Hamant ’18 (BBB), Hunter Moore ’18 (BBB), Megan Lewis ’18, (ACS) and Megan Burnham ’18, (ACS) hope that you can take the time to come check us out and “get your science on!

Follow the organizations on Facebook at and and on Twitter at @ACS_Maryville to learn more – and follow the accounts during the Oct. 8 event to see live streamed videos and photos.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.