Events

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Roswell Science and Art Festival


Saturday, October 13, 10 am - 4 pm



The Roswell Museum and Art Center, in collaboration with area educational, science and cultural leaders, is presenting the Roswell Science and Art Festival on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Roswell Museum and Art Center and behind the museum on 11th Street. This free all-ages event will present a fun-filled day of science and art opportunities including hands-on projects and demonstrations, stage presentations, brief “mini” lectures on innovative science topics, star shows, short science-inspired films, and a student gallery. The festival aims to engage our community in art and science and to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers. 

Special guest Dr. Kate Biberdorf, known as “Kate the Chemist,” will be headlining the festival with a performance at 11:00 a.m. on the outdoor stage. She is highly motivated to inspire students of all ages to pursue science. Kate’s work has spread like wildfire and she’s caught the attention of national news programs and advocates. Her demos have been featured by NBC Nightly News, CNN’s Great Big Story, and the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, and she was recently on CBS’s Late Night with Stephen Colbert. 

This event is generously funded by Xcel Energy and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation through MIT and the Science Festival Alliance with additional support provided by the RMAC Foundation.
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Festival Schedule



Outdoor Science Museum

ALL DAY on 11th STREET (break from 11 AM -12 PM)

Release your inner scientist and explore a variety of interactive demonstrations and displays presented by over 15 local and regional groups.

Make Lab
ALL DAY on 11th STREET (break from 11 AM -12 PM)

Get your maker brains plugged into a variety of creative, hands-on science and art activities led by New Mexico Military Institute, NMSU’s Chemical Engineering Club, ENMU-Roswell’s iCenter, Pecos Valley Potters’ Guild, Goddard High School’s Rocket Program, Miniatures and Curious Collections Museum, and the Girl Scouts.

Rube Goldberg Science Fair 
10 AM in the MUSEUM GALLERIES

Teams of students from Mesa, Sydney Gutierrez, Berrendo, and Sierra Middle Schools have been busy creating Rube Goldberg Machines, a concept penned by cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg to create complicated machines to perform simple tasks. See the machines in action and talk to some of the student creators. (45 minutes, on display all day)

Special Guest: Kate the Chemist
11 AM on the OUTDOOR STAGE

Don’t miss Dr. Kate “the Chemist” Biberdorf as she performs a series of mind-blowing experiments on the outdoor stage. (60 minutes, alternative location to be announced on Facebook/website in the event of rain.)

Exploring Fractals
12 PM in the PLANETARIUM, 1-4 PM in the OUTDOOR SCIENCE MUSEUM

Gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of science, math, nature and art with fractals! Join the Fractal Foundation for an educational and hypnotic show on the planetarium dome followed by “fractivities” in the Outdoor Science Museum from 1-4 pm.

Superhero Science
12:30 PM on the OUTDOOR STAGE

Learn the science behind being a superhero in this Science Spectrum presentation. (30 minutes)

Mini Talks
1 PM in the PLANETARIUM

Come listen to10-minute talks on innovative science from graduate students, community members and science professionals. a complete schedule and talk descriptions will be available on the website and at the event. (10 min. each)

Wise Fool New Mexico
1:30 PM on the OUTDOOR STAGE + ALL DAY ROAMING

See the colorful antics of the Santa Fe performance troupe Wise Fool throughout the day and watch them on stage for a gravity-defying performance at 1 pm. (15 minutes)

Roswell Film Festival Shorts
2:30 PM in the PLANETARIUM

Watch a selection of science-inspired short films projected on the dome courtesy of the Roswell Film Festival. Schedule and film descriptions will be available on the website and at the event. (60 minutes)

Do You Have the Guts?
2:30 PM on the OUTDOOR STAGE

Go on an exciting journey with Science Spectrum through your digestive system and learn what happens to your food as it breaks down along the way. (30 minutes)

Josh Hagler: Roswell Artist in-Residence


Opening Reception:
Friday, November 2, 5:30 -7 pm
Lecture at 5:30 pm



Join us for the opening reception for Roswell Artist-in-Residence Josh Hagler. The evening will begin with a brief lecture in the Bassett Auditorium at 5:30 pm, followed by a reception and opening of the exhibition in the Marshall and Winston Gallery. For more on Josh Hagler's work, click here.
Longlegs by Josh Hagler

Image: Josh Hagler, Longlegs (Letter to Arastas), 2018, mixed media on canvas, 96 x 102 in, Courtesy of the Artist. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. For more information on the program, visit www.rair.org.