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STEMfest combining with US Day on Sunday

September 26, 2018

STAMFORD — After being rained out last spring, STEMfest, which celebrates science, technology, engineering, math and arts through interactive activities, is returning this weekend with a new partner.

The Stamford Public Education Foundation’s US Day 2018 will be combined with Stamford Public Schools’ fifth annual STEMfest on Sunday in Mill River Park.

“(STEMfest) was looking for a new home,” said SPEF development and communications director Lynn Tusa. “We said STEM really does belong in US Day. When we looked at partners, there was a lot of overlap. Rather than having two similar things, we decided to bring STEMfest in.”

“In the past, STEMfest has been an opportunity for some of our school buildings to show off examples of student learning that have happened throughout the last year,” said parent volunteer and STEMfest co-chair Kim Kempton. “Because it’s happening in September, it’s giving teachers the opportunity to show innovations they’re launching this year.”

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Preceding it will be the MarcUS for Change 5K walk and run held in memory of Marcus Dixon McInerney, a Stamford High grad who died in 2012 in an accidental shooting. The MarcUS for Change Spirit Award and a $500 parent-led donation will be given to city schools with the highest percentage of participants.

From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., the Mayor’s Multicultural Council will present its children’s parade and international dance festival.

There will also be arts and crafts presented by Kids Helping Kids, music from Pop Music Academy and Project Music, rides on the Mill River Carousel, a bouncy house and food trucks.

“US Day before was bringing together families and celebrating the diversity in our community,” Tusa said. “STEMfest does the same thing with a laser sharp focus around STEM. It came together very nicely.”

erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com; (203) 964-2265; @erin_kayata

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