We are no longer accepting school groups registrations for the Funfest 2013. 

We have reached our maximum capacity for schools. 

We will continue to maintain a waitlist for both days in the event a group cancels

(which does happen!). 


The 10th Annual Math Science and Technology Funfest will be held Nov. 7 to 8, 2013, at the Tucson Convention Center. It will run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Registration began Sept. 5, 2013 and filled quickly.

The Math Science and Technology Funfest (MSTFF) is a two-day, interactive math and science extravaganza held at the Tucson Convention Center. Now in its 10th year, Funfest introduces fourth- through eighth-grade students to diverse math, science and engineering principles.

The festival – a collaborative effort involving the University of Arizona, Raytheon, IBM, Honeywell, US Expo, SciEnTeK-12, local schools and other partners – gives students a hands-on, real-life perspective of the sciences.

Traditionally held in conjunction with the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF), Funfest enables professional scientists and mathematicians to create a variety of interactive, hands-on workshops to engage and stimulate students’ inquisitive nature.

Each year, the event attracts more than 300 professional scientists and engineers from a wide range of technology fields. During the festival, those experts interact with more than 7,000 students, teachers and parents.

Funfest began in 2002, as a small science festival held at a local elementary school. Since its introduction, it has become an increasingly popular destination for field trips, and each year the free event attracts more community support and school participation. Today, the large festival is open to the entire Tucson community.

Additionally, sponsors have donated more than $10,000 for buses to transport many different school groups to Funfest, enabling thousands of students from around the city to attend. Last year, registration filled up in just three days.

The impact of the festival is already being realized: More than 200 additional Science Fair projects are entered in the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and teachers reserve their trip to Funfest months in advance.

Who would have thought math and science could be this fun?

Inquiry, exploration and discovery is what Funfest is all about!

As you can see from our Photo Gallery, there are many opportunities for your students to get hands-on learning experiences in various math and science disciplines.

While the line-up of workshops and exhibits changes with each festival, we have many return exhibitors year after year. We will post a list of workshops that are registered by mid-October. The list is subject to change because we have historically had last-minute add-ons right up to the beginning of the event.

Funfest’s hands-on workshops bring math and science to life, demonstrating everyday (and not so everyday) mathematical and scientific principles in a fun, festive atmosphere. In past years, we have had more than 60 workshops / exhibits including:

  • The Human Brain / Heart (with real human brain and heart specimens)
  • Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
  • Fighter Jet Cockpit / Trainer
  • Physics Factory
  • Mad Science
  • Fun with Electronics
  • 3-2-1 Blast Off
  • Night Vision Goggles
  • Insect Discovery
  • Whirligigs and Aerodynamics
  • Exploring Mars
  • Living and Working in Space
  • Hovercraft
  • Physics and Karate
  • MathMovesU
  • Women in Science
  • Growing Plants on the Moon
  • Extracting DNA
  • Making candy model DNA
  • Grafting plants
  • Genome Sequencing
  • Pollination with Bees, Bats and Bugs
  • Nutrition and You… what about those sugar cravings?
  • Indigenous Inventions
  • Build-a-Cactus Model
  • Water and Soil Chemistry
  • Integrated Farming for sustainability
  • Magnification….. the hows and whats

and many, many more

All booths are interactive, educational and fun! Explore, touch, observe, look into microscopes, talk with dozens of professional scientists … and discover the wonders of science that are all around us.

Funfest is absolutely free to attend! In fact, our very generous sponsors even pay for your field-trip buses — so that any group that wants to attend can do so!

Who are the exhibitors?

Engineers … Doctors … Fighter Pilots … Astronomers … Researchers … Physicists … Neurologists … Computer Scientists … Pharmacists … Professors … Educators … Entomologists … Biologists … Rocket Scientists … Dendrochronologists … Criminologists … Technologists … Geologists and many other types of mathematicians and scientists.

What do they all have in common? The desire to share their love of math and sciences with students, teachers and others throughout Tucson!

Who can attend?

Funfest has become an astoundingly popular event that Tucson students and teachers look forward to all year. Unfortunately, we simply can’t meet the needs of everyone who wants to attend. Therefore, we target grades four through eight – because studies show that students in that age range benefit most from the educational experience at Funfest. (Students tend to lose interest in math and science in those grades, so we want to reinforce how cool math, science and technology really is!)

To ensure a quality learning experience, we also limit registration to no more than 3,000 attendees daily. We hope you will understand, and help us by complying with these guidelines! We do have opportunities for older school groups to attend – and even participate in developing their own workshops / exhibits – but these must be coordinated with the Funfest planning committee in advance. Thank you!