This year’s Tucson Festival of Books is an event showcasing more than just books. The celebration of literacy and learning is also highlighting science. The local festival is the fourth largest of its kind in the nation, and the only one that has made science a key component of the event.
Carmela Zega, a mother of three attends the festival every year. She said this year’s Science City has helped her kids develop new interests.
Carmela Zega and her children enjoy Science City at Tucson’s Festival of Books on March 15, 2014. Photo by Sami-Jo Roth/ Arizona Cat’s Eye
“It gives them a new perspective that they may not get elsewhere. They’re learning about opportunities for them, as they grow up and jobs. It brings them to the campus, which I think is important for them, experiencing the university as young children,” Zega said.
Allison McGraw, a University of Arizona student, volunteered at the mini hovercraft demonstration. She said this is the first year it has been offered, and it is a family favorite.
“It’s been a non-stop line all day, every parent has taken a picture of their kid on the hover crafts,” McGraw said.
McGraw said learning outside the classroom is the best way to get kids hooked on science.
“It’s easy for students to get discouraged by bad grades or mathematics, this is a low key setting that is able to say, hey science is fun, you can do it,” she said.