Science is the humming engine that keeps our world running. Science repairs busted satellites and broken bones. Shout it from the rooftops: Science is awesome. The folks at the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue) turn theories and hypotheses into hands-on activities that make knowledge accessible to all visitors. And just when you thought things couldn't get any more science-tastic, the Center ups its game by hosting SciFest 09. This five-day festival (Wednesday, October 7, to Sunday, October 11) offers workshops, group discussions and — of course — myriad ways to interact with science. Middle- and high-school students can participate in such sessions as "Robot Revolution" and "Rock Guitar and the Big Bang," and the whole family can enjoy everything from "The Science of Baseball" to "The Amazing Brain Carnival." SciFest's grand opening features a can't-miss talk by Dean Kamen, National Medal of Technology winner and inventor of the Segway. In addition to inventing that beloved upright people-mover, Kamen also holds more than 440 patents and is an impassioned supporter of science education. Tickets to Kamen's 7 p.m. talk are $10 (as are all single tickets for evening events). Single tickets for day sessions are $6, and all-day passes are $20 (or just $10 for Science Center members). For more information, call 314-286-4607 or visit www.scifeststl.org.
Oct. 7-11, 2009