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Math & Science Outside The Classroom since 2003
  2016 brings the 14th Year of TechFest

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Welcome to TechFestTM

TechFestTM is free family fun with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Participate in approximately 70 hands-on experiences with STEM exhibits, demonstrations and games. Stage and theatre speakers, such as an NASA astronaut or an Air Force flight test pilot, an outstanding college professor, a classical guitar player and others deliver entertaining and informative talks on STEM topics. Sponsored by the Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

When is TechFestTM?

TechFestTM is always held on Presidents' Day weekend,
which, for 2016, will be

Saturday, February 18 from 10 AM - 6 PM
& Sunday, February 19 from 11 AM - 5 PM

Download the TechFest Student 2017 Flyer

Where is TechFestTM?

TechFestTM is held at Sinclair Community College in the David Ponitz Center, (Building 12).

The GPS address for the David Ponitz Center (Building 12) is
301 West Fourth Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402.

Parking can be found close to Building 12. Please seeour map for more details. We also have guest information for your use.


Information for school administrators
TechFest 2016 Generic approval for distribution of flyers
Download approval form for 2016

What is new at TechFestTM?

Building 13 is now a National Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Training and Certification Center. A new building, Bldg. 18, was built behind Bldg. 13 and is the UAS Indoor Flying Pavilion for test flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The Computerized Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine tools are now available on Saturday only in Bldg. 11. See the 2016 Bldg. 12 layout when it becomes available. Both Bldgs. 13 and 18 will be open for tours.

Download the TechFestTM 2016 Summary Reprt

Recent TechFestTM Programs

TechFestTM 2016 was a success with 2,423 registered youth PLUS their parents, 75 exhibits and 36 "Info-tainment" speakers. More information is on the TechFest website. Click here for the TechFest 2016 Summary Report
           Click here for the Final Report on TechFest 2015

The year 2015 was different, because we celebrated the International Year of Light (IYL). The opening ceremony was held at Paris, France on February 19-20, 2015. Many American-based professional societies and organizations were involved, which included SPIE, OSA, APS, AIP and IEEE to name a few. Click here to go to the website for more information. We had 15 exhibits showing various ways light is used in our lives.
The TechFestTM program has been held on Presidents' Day weekend since 2003.
In 2014 we had 1,840 registered students. Click on the following link for the 2014 report:
TechFestTM 2014 Summary Report.pdf

Below is information about the 2013 TechFestTM Program:

TechFestTM 2013 Fact Sheetand 2013 Wrap-up Visual Presentation

Who created and does TechFestTM?

TechFestTM was conceived and organized by the Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton who presented the first TechFest program in 2003 as part of the celebration of the first successful manned, heavier-than-air flight by the Wright brothers. The program is carried out entirely by volunteers and is funded by the generosity of oursponsors

Weather Updates For TechFestTM

TechFest works through the Sinclair Conference Center and is not connected to the academic side of Sinclair Community College. Sinclair Community College can close, but the Conference Center (David Ponitz Center, Building 12) and Building 13 will remain open unless there is a Level 3 Emergency or loss of utilities.

Honorary Chair

The Honorary Chair for TechFestTM 2014 was Dr. Thomas J Lasley II, Executive Director, Learn to Earn Dayton, The Dayton Foundation, and Professor and Past Dean of School of Education and Allied Professions, The University of Dayton, who offers this commentary: "Through TechFest students are exposed to the excitement of STEM learning, the opportunities to explore how STEM concepts shape and influence our lives, and the multiple life-long learning options associated with STEM careers. TechFest is exactly the type of student friendly event that will help young people explore their interests and enhance their understandings of the wonderful world of science and technology!"

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After spending a day or two at TechFestTM having FAMILY FUN with hands-on exhibits where you can learn FUNdamental science, technology, engineering and math, spend President's Day exploring how that “stuff” was used in aviation. We know some great locations to help plan your day.
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We hope you enjoy your visit!

Spend Saturday or Sunday at the Dayton/Miami Valley TechFestTM and the remainder of your time, including Monday, at the historic aviation sites: Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Dayton History at Carillon Park, National Museum of the United States Air Force and the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

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