Discover the Science of the City at Scottsdale Civic Center

0225Ns News Story (Science of City 3) FOR WEBLearn about the latest gadgets and gizmos, demo new technologies and get a behind-the-scenes look at the city of Scottsdale during a unique, free event from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library and Civic Center Mall.

0225Ns News Story (Science of City 2) FOR WEBAt Gadgets, STEAM and Science of the City, Scottsdale students, local businesses and entrepreneurs will showcase their latest innovations, according to a press release.

The hands-on experience extends to the trucks, machinery and technology the city uses to maintain Scottsdale’s great quality of life, the release states.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Arizona SciTech Festival, an annual statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Interactive displays and hands-on activities will reveal how STEAM is at work every day to keep the city running safely and smoothly.

City exhibits and activities include:

Scottsdale Crime Lab

It’s real-life CSI! Meet the Police Department’s forensic scientists and take a turn testing some of the equipment the Crime Lab uses.. Learn about the microscopic study of evidence and get a glimpse of chromatography, the study of different compounds. Discover the unique patterns fingerprints leave behind and how these prints can help solve crimes. See a crime scene vehicle and learn how crime scenes and evidence are processed.

Police Traffic Unit

It’s no accident! Physics and engineering principles are used to reconstruct, investigate, analyze and draw conclusions about the causes of vehicular collisions. We’ll show you how and let you participate in a realistic simulation of impairment that demonstrates the consequences of alcohol misuse. If you think you’re fast, you can test your speed against a police radar gun!

Fire Department

Learn how firefighters use math and science daily when responding to emergency calls.

Solid Waste & Garbage interactive truck display

Get an up close look at Scottsdale’s garbage trucks, learn how the city uses CNG “green” vehicles to curb pollutants in the air and take a turn dumping some trash! We’ll also show how we use technology to monitor and move trash. Want to protect our planet? We’ll teach you the ins and outs of recycling and composting.

City vehicle fleet

Learn about different types of alternative fuels used in city vehicles and how they help the environment.


Technology drives the activities at the Scottsdale Public Library. See 3D printers in action, find out how you can use your e-reader to link to library materials and sign up for a library card.

Parks & Recreation

Splish-Splash! See the science behind Scottsdale’s safe swimming pools and fountains and test the technology behind the city’s Irrigation Central Control System.


Don’t be an egg head! Take part in a classic science demonstration that illustrates Newton’s Laws of Motion – you’ll see why it’s important to wear a helmet when you bike or skateboard.

Water Resources

Learn how Scottsdale treats, tests and delivers clean, safe drinking water and see hands-on testing demonstrations by Scottsdale’s water quality scientists. Find out how Scottsdale’s state-of-the-art advanced water treatment process keeps area golf courses green and protects Scottsdale’s long-term water supply. Think you know how to protect our natural water resources? Spin our prize wheel to test your knowledge!

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