The South Side Science Festival aims to create connections between the UChicago campus community and the broader South Side community. The goal is to bring more diversity to the sciences and to connect local students, educators, and residents to growing fields in the future. For STEM specialist Michelle Warden, last year’s festival provided an opportunity for her students to explore various science topics and interact with specialists in one place, expanding their learning beyond their day-to-day environment. Warden highlighted the value of being on UChicago’s campus and engaging with academics who are actively studying and pursuing these areas of study.
The festival’s Science Slam, a new activity this year, is generating excitement. In this competition, five UChicago graduate students and postdocs will deliver eight-minute science presentations, aiming to captivate the audience and win their votes. Attendees can anticipate a diverse range of topics presented through engaging formats like Ted-Talk-style lectures, music, and dance numbers. The organizers aim to leave attendees with the understanding that science is fun and welcomes individuals from all backgrounds.
The South Side Science Festival will take place on September 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on UChicago’s campus. Registration for the event is free.