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Family Science Day 2015

Family Science Day is a public outreach event designed to educate and inspire K-8 students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This family-friendly event encourages scientific discovery through hands-on activities, challenges, and demonstrations while providing the opportunity to learn about scientific careers from actual research scientists and science educators. It is the culminating event for the Spark! Festival, a week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) as rich dimensions of everyday life and culture in central Illinois. To see past events, click here .


Saturday, April 11th, 2015
Redbird Arena
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.



This year's event features:

Interactive Exhibit Gallery

Join us as we transform Redbird Arena into a giant exhibit gallery highlighting a variety of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics topics at hands-on, interactive stations. Past exhibitor highlights include NASA, the Museum of Science and Industry, the St. Louis Science Center, and State Farm Innovation Team. Come check out what we have in store this year.

Exhibits from 2014 FSD Event

CIRC Bot Brawl

Every year the Central Illinois Robotics Club hosts one of the largest hobby robotics competitions in the country. CIRC is bringing their "Bot Brawl" back to Illinois State University for our 5th annual Family Science Day. Come watch hobbyists from all over the Midwest put their skills to the test as they face off against other builders. Competitions will include remote controlled combat robots, autonomous sumo and line following robots, and much more!

CIRC Bot Brawl Robot

Guest Speaker Andre Jefferson

Andre Jefferson isn’t just your average pre-teen. After discovering an interest in kinetics, he began constructing stick bombs—popsicle sticks woven into a pattern in which the tension of the weave causes a chain reaction to occur where the sticks fly into the air. He posted a video on YouTube and has since become a bit of a celebrity. He has been featured on Nickelodeon, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and has given a TEDx Youth talk. He also has a pending world record for longest stick bomb. Watch him build a stick bomb, listen as he explains what drives his interest, and then enjoy as we set off the stick bomb! Shows at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Download Andre Jefferson’s full bio (pdf).

Guest Speaker Andre Jefferson

Bottle Challenge

The Coca-Cola Company recently launched a campaign to make practical use of empty Coke bottles. We would like to see an innovative model that puts your old bottles to good use. There’s no limit to the number of bottles you can use or the size of your creation, so let your imagination run wild! Watch the Coke ad here, and then start INVENTING!

Read the full rules and entry details.

Download our Bottle Challenge flyer (pdf).

2015 Coke Bottle Challenge


Spark Festival Logo Challenger Learning Center Children's Discovery Museum
2015 Bot Brawl


To see our full list of sponsors, or to sponsor this event, please visit our Spark! Festival website.

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