Fourth Annual STEAM Festival Brings Science to Life Across Tennessee

Variety of virtual, outdoor events for all ages, Oct. 9-18

Science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) will come to life at more than 100 events and activities across the state during the 4th annual Tennessee STEAM Festival, taking place Oct. 9-18, 2020.

The Festival was founded by the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring and incorporates outdoor and virtual events hosted by a wide range of museums, schools, community centers and other attractions. A complete listing of activities is available at

“The Tennessee STEAM Festival will look a little different this year in order to accommodate social distancing, but it still offers Tennesseans fun ways to engage with science, technology, engineering, art and math,” said Discovery Center CEO Tara MacDougall. “The Festival is focused on promoting lifelong learning and on helping everyone better understand the world around them.

“We appreciate all of our sponsors, hosts and partners who have taken a new approach to the Festival this year, especially during a challenging time. As always, the Festival wouldn’t be possible without them,” MacDougall said.

Signature events include:

  • The Look of Things Unseen: A transatlantic visual discussion about submicroscopic killers, with Martin Kemp, Emeritus Research Professor in the History of Art, University of Oxford, England (virtual)

  • Vaccines in the Time of Covid, with William Schaffner, MD, Vanderbilt University (virtual)

  • From Nothing to Something: The Innovation of Music, National Museum of African American Music, Nashville (virtual)

  • Scarecrow Contest, Lichterman Nature Center, Memphis

  • Pelican Festival, Reelfoot Lake State Park, Tiptonville

  • Hispanic Heritage Days, Discovery Center, Murfreesboro

  • Middle School Virtual Science Experiment, Girls Inc. of TN Valley, Oak Ridge

  • …and much more!

This year the Festival’s Honorary Chair is William Schaffner, MD, epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University. Schaffner is often seen on national news programs talking about public health issues such as pandemics and the coronavirus.

“As an expert in infectious diseases and preventive medicine, it’s my job to make sure we make good decisions about public health in our communities so that we can all live healthy lives,” Schaffner said. “If you want to become a doctor or any other healthcare professional who helps others stay healthy, I’d encourage you to participate in the Tennessee STEAM Festival and learn how really fun science can be!”

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About the Discovery Center
The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on, environmental, cultural and educational museum located in the heart of Middle Tennessee. More than 120,000 children and families visit annually, exploring exhibits and participating in programs that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) education. Adjacent to the Center is the protected Murfree Spring wetlands, a natural habitat for a variety of fish, amphibians and birds. Located at 502 S.E. Broad Street in Murfreesboro, TN. For more information, visit or call (615) 890-2300.

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Jeff Krinks, Prufrock Communications
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