Terry West

Terry West, co-founder of Serious Integrated, shows off the touch screen device his company created. The business is located in Chandler’s Innovations Science and Technology Incubator, where start-up firms can conduct research and development. [submitted]

Chandler high-tech companies will open their doors to the public as part of the city’s Science Spectacular three-day event to encourage an interest in science and technology.

The third annual event features a Tech Crawl on Thursday, A Night of Art & Science on Friday and then Chandler’s Science Saturday, all in conjunction with the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival.

“In Chandler we like to say we’re the Silicon Valley of the southwest,” councilman Rick Heumann said, “and we really took a lead in the state with this three-day event; not just one day.”

As part of the tech crawl, the Intel Demo Center, InfusionSoft, Air Products and the city’s Innovations Incubator will open portions of their facilities along the Price Road Corridor from 5:30-9 p.m.

“You can’t just walk into these companies at any other time and see what they do there,” Chandler spokeswomen Jane Poston said.

On Friday, the science will intertwine with the city’s monthly art walk downtown. Artists are encouraged to incorporate the science that goes into their products. The processes used in glass blowing and beer making, for example, will be on display.

Saturday’s festivities coincide with the annual Classic Car & Hot Rod Show that draws close to 10,000 people to downtown each year. The Science Saturday event will feature 50 businesses, including an open house at the new ASU TechShop, with demonstrations and activities.

“We’re expecting big crowds that day,” Heumann said. “The car show in a vibrant event and most car enthusiasts are interested in the science of the vehicle. There should be something for everyone, from 2 to 90.

“Overall, these events are a great opportunity to showcase a lot of great things in Chandler from the technology, education and small business perspectives.”

Poston said the Science Spectacular fits with the city’s economic-development goals.

“That is really the impetus behind all this,” she said. “It all ties in with the strategy of getting high-tech, high-wage employers to Chandler, and providing them and educated workforce.”

Also in conjunction with the Arizona SciTech Festival on Saturday, Hamilton High School will host the annual Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair.

The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will showcase more than 800 Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) projects created by students in grades 5-12.

“Chandler Unified believes in offering a rigorous hands-on approach to science for every student,” said Nicolle Karantinos, director of curriculum for the Chandler Unified School District, “including ensuring that they experience the adventure of discovering science through inquiry-based activities, project-based learning assignments, laboratory investigations, STEM projects, current literary analysis, and relevant technology that brings content to life.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6549 or cgabel@evtrib.com.

Contact writer: (480) 898-6549 or cgabel@evtrib.com

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