2022 Roswell Science and Art Festival
Saturday, October 8, 10 am - 4 pm
Roswell Convention Center | Free Admission
The Roswell Museum – in collaboration with area educational, science and cultural leaders – is presenting the annual Roswell Science and Art Festival on Saturday, October 8 at the Roswell Convention Center. This free all-ages event will present a fun-filled day of science and art opportunities with the aim of inspiring the next generation of creative and innovative thinkers.
Chalk the Walk is the museum's annual sidewalk chalk competition that takes place during the festival from 8 am to 1 pm with awards announced at 2 pm. Pre-registration is required to reserve a spot. Participants may draw as individuals or part of a team. Youth squares, for ages 15 and under, are 30" x 40" and adult squares are 60" x 60". Chalk supplies are provided as a part of the registration fee. To register, access the form here, or stop by the museum. Individuals are $10 and teams are $20. Need-based scholarships are also available.
See Kate the Chemist, Science talent from The Late Show performing her amazing experiments at 11 a.m.
Dr. Kate Biberdorf’s mission is to ignite, inspire, and motivate K-12 students to develop a love for learning and exploration in the sciences. She targets students that are intimidated by science and utilizes hands-on demonstrations to foster a determination to pursue a science-related degree at the collegiate level.
Her repertoire of on stage experiments includes combustion, environmental science and ooey gooey. (Hint: There’s slime involved) The shows often end with Dr. Biberdorf yelling, “Do you like science?!” to a full auditorium, after which she dumps a vat of hot water into a bucket of liquid nitrogen, creating the epic “thunder cloud” that lingers in the room.
She is also a featured member of “Amy Poehler's Smart Girls.” Founded by artist Amy Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls organization is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves.
Additional guests at this year's festival include science centers Explora and Science Spectrum showcasing some of their popular demonstrations and activities, including an inflatable planetarium; the New Mexico Military Institute’s science department presenting several fun activities from giant bubbles to lightsaber cards; the Recreation Department with its Obstacle Course; the Wheels of Wonder mobile museum; a drone obstacle course led by Airplay Media;
The Roswell Museum’s popular Chalk the Walk event for all ages. Participants of all skill levels are encouraged to pre-register as individuals or in teams to create a sidewalk full of color. Fee for the chalk drawing covers the cost of supplies and need-based scholarships are available. Keep Roswell Beautiful is introducing Trash to Treasures up-cycling activity. Strolling performances by Wise Fool New Mexico will take place throughout the day and they will hosting the Try It Out Zone where visitors can explore the world of movement.
All day Tinker Town will be open just for little ones and their families with art and science activities designed specifically for ages 4 and under presented by Explora and the Roswell Museum. Additional participating groups include Xcel Energy, the Roswell Astronomy Club, Spring River Zoo, NMSU, Roswell High School and Early College High School, several state and federal agencies, among others.
This event is generously funded by Xcel Energy and the RMAC Foundation.
2018 Festival Images
"Kate the Chemist" courtesy of Roswell Daily Record