TN STEAM Festival Returns

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Statewide events at various locations take place Oct. 12 - 21 for the Second Annual TN STEAM Festival.

Science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) is the hot topic lately. It all comes to life at more than 100 events across the state during the Second Annual TN STEAM Festival Oct. 12 ‑ 21.

The festival features events at a wide range of museums, schools, community centers and other attractions. You can find a complete list of activities and locations is available online, too.

“The Tennessee STEAM Festival’s focus is to engage and inspire Tennesseans in science, technology, engineering, art and math,” says Discovery Center CEO Tara MacDougall. “Our goal is to promote lifelong curiosity and help cultivate the next generation of citizen and professional science advocates and practitioners.”

There are 51 events in Middle Tennessee, including (but not limited to):

  • “Amusement center science” with the Discovery Center and Lane, Trains, and Automobiles
  • A free movie night at MTSU with rocket-themed activities and a metal pour
  • “Citizen science” at the Nashville Zoo
  • “Printmaking” with Hatch Show Print at the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • National Fossil Day at Earth Experience Museum
  • And so much more!

Most of the festival’s events are free, but some require admission fees and advance registration due to space limitations. For more info, visit

Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of three.

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