7th Annual Nantucket Science Festival
– The Nantucket Science Festival is back for another exciting year. From March 13 – March 20, join the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) and the Nantucket Community School (NCS) for a week-long celebration of all things STEAM. The Nantucket Science Festival aims to connect people with their inner scientist by providing fun, interactive activities designed to engage people of all ages, opportunities to learn about science-based organizations on the island, and by giving participants ideas and materials to continue science activities at home. This event is completely free-of-charge and has grown to be the largest mid-winter event for the community. Like 2020, we are planning a COVID-safe version of this event, complete with take-home activity kits, online science demonstrations, video contests, and more!
Kim Botelho, the MMA’s Director of Education, states, “This is one of our favorite events of the year! It is so rewarding to see families excited to learn science together. It also feels wonderful to be part of an event that has so much community support and impact.”
For the full schedule of events, please continue checking our website for updates and follow us on Facebook (Maria Mitchell Association, Nantucket Community School, Nantucket Community School Early Childhood) or Instagram (@maria_mitchell_association, @nantucketcommunityschool @ncsearlydhildhood). Use the hashtag #ACKSciFest or tag us to be featured in our stories and on our website!
Pauline Cronin, the Early Childhood Education Coordinator at the NCS, said, “Each year Nantucket Community School looks forward to this opportunity to bring all ages together to strengthen, connect, and engage our community and to participate in science together in collaboration with the Maria Mitchell Association.” Beginning on March 8, the NCS is launching a Scavenger Hunt activity to lead up to the Nantucket Science Festival. Visit the Nantucket Community School Early Childhood Facebook page for more information and to participate.
The Nantucket Science Festival is made possible with thanks to the generosity of our partners, volunteers, and sponsors. We would like to give a huge thank you to the Cape Cod 5 Foundation, Nantucket Land Council, the National Informal STEM Education Network, Dr. & Mrs. David and Beverly Barlow, the Linda Loring Nature Foundation, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, the Nantucket Atheneum, and UMass Boston's Nantucket Field Station.
The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages.
Nantucket Community School is a community organization that provides a diverse level of high-quality, affordable programs, encourages life-long personal growth and reaches out to all members of the community; spanning every age and stage. For more information on the Nantucket Community School’s offerings, please visit http://www.nantucketcommunityschool.org/