SCC to host talks as part of AZ SciTech Festival

Scottsdale Community College will host speakers on two evenings as part of the month-long Arizona SciTech Festival.

The speakers will present 20-minute talks on topics related to science, technology, engineering and math.

AZ SciTEchThe event is being called “Leap Into the Future Days” and the TED-like talks will be future oriented. Speakers will discuss mathematics, computing, diseases, big data, and nanotechnology, according to a press release. The opening talk will discuss how to become a futurist.

The events on Feb. 29 and March 1 are part of the month long Arizona SciTech Festival. More than 700 organizations from across the state are expected to participate in and/or sponsor events.

The speakers will be instructors from Scottsdale Community College and two from industry.

The all ages talks are free to attend and open to the public. The events will be in the Science Lecture Building Room 116 on the SCC school grounds, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, in Scottsdale.

In addition, the Center for Native and Urban Wildlife, a nonprofit campus organization dedicated to creating a greater awareness of sustainability in a desert environment, will keep its doors open to its desert animal exhibits.

The talks are a collaboration between SCC, the city of Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Unified School District.

The Arizona SciTech Festival is a state-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math held annually in February and March.

To see a full listing of events, visit

SCC talk schedule

Feb. 29:

  • “Leaping Into the Future-How to Become a Futurist,” Gerald Thurman, SCC computing/math instructor, 6:30 p.m.
  • “Mathematics-Now, Near Term, the Future,” Michael Little Crow, SCC math instructor, 7 p.m.
  • “Computing-Now, Near Term, the Future,” Gerald Thurman, SCC math instructor, 7:30 p.m.

March 1:

  • “Diseases-Now, Near Term, the Future,” Dr. John Nagy, SCC biology instructor, 6:30 p.m.
  • “21st Century Informatics: BD2K (Big Data to Knowledge)-Now, Near Term, the Future,” Dr. Chris Yoo, founder/chairman/CEO of Systems Imagination, 7 p.m.
  • “Nanotechnology-Now, Near Term and the Future,” Dr. Matt Kim, founder/president, QuantTera, and chairman of the Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster, 7:30 p.m.

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