Stillwater – December 14, 2017 – Droids come to life as arts and sciences take center stage at the 10th Annual Da Vinci Fest, Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Stillwater Area High School. Droid builders will have BB8 and R2D2 on hand, kids can build a droid out of found objects and a sculptor will create a life-size ice replica of Tron as the afternoon gets underway. Visitors can also learn to podcast, weave, screen-print, make a book,
and see their hair stand on end.

St. Croix Valley student work is the spotlight of the 10th Anniversary of Da Vinci Fest as science creations, artwork, poetry, film and dramatic improv will be featured throughout the high school. Da Vinci Fest is sponsored by The Partnership Plan and Stillwater Area Public Schools. The free event will be held on Jan. 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. “In 10 years this event has grown from a small art and science fair to a large-scale free
community event that delights people of all ages,” said Beverly Petrie, Executive Director, The Partnership Plan. “Every single year, people stop me in the halls to tell me they had no idea that this event was so much fun and yet so educational. It’s kind of nice that it is not only a learning experience for students but a gift to the entire community.”

More than 40 interactive and educational science and art exhibits from across the Twin Cities will be there to show how art and science elevate our lives. They include Pysanky egg decorating, a tornado simulator, wheel-thrown pottery demonstrations, screenprinting, ice sculpting, visits in the Star Lab, Fab Lab demonstrations, Native American artworks and story-telling, podcasting, an engineering design challenge, island design and construction, styrofoam-eating mealworms, raptors, germ exploration, states of matter and an exploration of the ultra-cold.

Boomilevers are the focus of this year’s on-the-spot Science Challenge competition for students. Talented musicians from the highly decorated and nationally renowned Stillwater High School music program will perform throughout the afternoon. The 3M Wizards and Curio Dance will amaze and delight all ages visiting the festival and lunch/snack options will be available for purchase in the school’s remodeled cafeteria. WCCO
Meteorologist and Stillwater Schools alum Chris Shaffer will serve as master of awards ceremonies at 5:30 pm in the Stillwater Area High School Theatre.

More information and an afternoon schedule is online at partnershipplan.org/da-vincifest/ The Partnership Plan is the independent, nonprofit education fund for Stillwater Area Public Schools, providing educational enrichment that is beyond the means of the district to provide.

Contact: Kristie Smith
Event Manager, The Partnership Plan
651-341-4016 * smithk@partnershipplan.org


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