Kevin Delaney will bring his love of science and his ability to make it fun for all to the second annual Roswell Science and Art Festival. A performer, playwright and educator based in Little Rock, Ark., Delaney will headline the festival Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Roswell Convention Center. Presented by the Roswell Museum and Art Center in collaboration with area educational, science and cultural leaders, this multi-faceted event for kids and adults will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Delaney’s talent for science communication landed him a recurring role on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” as the resident science expert, performing demonstrations featuring Fallon and celebrity guests as lab assistants. The results have always delivered large-scale eruptions, explosions and more.
Delaney will perform on the main stage at 11 a.m. during the Science and Art Festival.
Combining his storytelling skills with his scientific curiosity, Delaney works as a science presenter who has developed educational programs at zoos and museums. He has presented science demonstrations on several television programs, including “The Rachael Ray Show” and began appearing as the resident science expert on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in 2014. Delaney was the host of “Street Science” on the Science Channel for two seasons, focusing on unique experiments caught in slow-motion footage. He worked with a team of artists, chemists and engineers to present classic science demonstrations for a crowd.
The Roswell Science and Art Festival is a free event offering a fun-filled day of science and art opportunities for all ages with the aim of inspiring the next generation of creative and innovative thinkers.
Additional festival guests include science centers Explora (Albuquerque) and Science Spectrum (Lubbock, Texas), which will showcase some of their popular demonstrations and activities, including an inflatable planetarium and animals whose species have traveled to space. New Mexico Military Institute’s Science Department, under the leadership of physics faculty member Mia Yang, will present several fun science activities, from making thermal slime to creating hologram viewers. The Roswell Fire Department will be setting up its popular Kids Combat Challenge, a firefighter-themed obstacle course for youngsters. The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs will bring its Wheels of Wonder, a 38-foot RV featuring an exhibit on the Apollo 11 moon landing and the future of space travel. Airplay Media will let visitors try their hand at operating a drone through an obstacle course. Yoga instructor Michele Matthews of Yoga at Down to Earth Nutrition Center will get people moving and stretching in some energizing, family-friendly yoga sessions. In addition, Mars Colony models created by local teams of middle-school students will be on display and the public will be able to visit with the students during a Share Fair from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
The Roswell Museum and Arts Center’s popular sidewalk chalk-drawing activity for all ages is making a return with a new name, Chalk the Walk. Participants of all skill levels are encouraged to sign up as individuals or teams to create a sidewalk full of color. A fee of $10 per individual or $20 per team is required to cover supplies. With limited space available, pre-registration is encouraged. Register at roswellconnect.com or by contacting Tiffany Melancon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (575) 500-0363.Also new to the festival this year, Keep Roswell Beautiful will be presenting a collaborative mural project made of recycled plastic bottle caps and lids that will help educate the public on recycling and reusing.
Among additional participating groups are Xcel Energy, the Roswell Astronomy Club, Spring River Zoo, Roswell Public Library, and several state and federal agencies.
The Roswell Science and Art Festival is generously funded by Xcel Energy and the RMAC Foundation. For more information, visit roswellmuseum.org or call (575) 624-6744.