Prescott Regional SciTechFest

This year the Prescott Regional SciTechFess will be held on February 25, 2017

Science was promoted and came alive at the Prescott Gateway Mall on Saturday, Feb. 27, for the annual Prescott Regional SciTechFest. Promoting a culture that celebrates and embraces education, research, collaboration, innovation and economic growth, there were quite a few participants this year, including Heritage Park Zoo, the Highlands Center for Natural History, UniSource Energy Services, the Prescott Astronomy Club and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The Prescott Astronomy Club participates every year, said Jerry Shaw. The club was educating on solar astronomy during the event with Hydrogen Alpha and White Light solar filters as well as camera projection, Shaw said.

“Today we’re looking at prominences mostly,” Shaw said, noting that there was one group of sunspots that they were focusing on. “It’s a good clear day.”

The Astronomy Club loves public education in general and does whatever it can do to promote it, Shaw said.

Jeff Brown, who is a board member on The Spot Children’s Museum was participating in the event with UniSource Energy. Brown was demonstrating some of the scientific properties of natural gas and propane.

The focus was more on natural gas due to that being what UniSource does, Brown said. He was working to educate that natural gas is safe, economically feasible and nothing to fear. Brown noted his enjoyment in getting kids involved in science.

“I’m a huge proponent of that,” he said.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design-Build-Fly Team was also out with the plane they built which the team has been working on since August.

There has been a lot that went into the building of it, said team member Brian Study. They had to build a smaller plane that needed to carry a Gatorade bottle and then that smaller plane had to be carried by a bigger plane, he said.

“We went through our design process and conceptual stuff and decided that instead of taking apart the little plane … we decided to take apart the big plane and put it on the little plane,” Study said.

The team enjoys seeing it work and getting to apply what they have learned in class and learning new concepts as well, Study said. The group has a few seniors, some juniors and freshman, of which Study is.