On Saturday, Feb. 24, the Chandler community celebrates science at the 13th annual Chandler Innovation Fair. The free event showcases the world of science from businesses, artists, students, and innovators. Stop by Dr. A.J. Chandler Park: Stage Plaza, located at 178 S. Commonwealth Ave., in Downtown Chandler from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to experience just how fun innovation and technology can be.

This free event is designed to introduce youth to various fields in STEAM and offers unique opportunities for attendees to explore the discoveries of science engineered in their own backyard and taught in Chandler Unified schools. In fact, this is the perfect place for the next generation of engineers and other technology professionals to meet and experience the work of Chandler’s technology companies.

Event sponsor, Northrop Grumman, will launch a model rocket every hour and their scientists and engineers will have at least 30 interactive activities on display. Like the other exhibitors, they will explain how science is important to daily life through interactive demonstrations. Northrop Grumman also will have a passport for kids to earn stamps as they complete each activity, including displays and experiments from Chandler Unified School District (CUSD). Once the passport is filled out, they may exchange it for a certificate.
Intel, Chandler’s largest employer, will host its Equity in STEAM tent. Intel employee volunteers will coach students and families on how to assemble tiny robots.

In addition, there’ll be several booths showcasing student innovators and their special projects. Many are competing to win a $500 cash prize for their school. You’d be surprised what types of problems they are trying to solve through their knowledge and creative thinking.

This year, they are excited to have the 2024 Men’s Final Four Fan Jam Truck at the Innovation Fair courtesy of SRP. Stop by to show off your game and snap a photo with the national championship trophy.

The Chandler Innovation Fair is held in partnership between the city of Chandler and Chandler Unified School District. This year’s event sponsors include Northrop Grumman, Intel, ASML, Edwards, Microchip, NXP, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, SRP, Sundt, WM of Arizona, WozED, and First Things First. Both the city and CUSD are grateful for their support in bringing hands-on science exploration to the community.

For more information, visit chandleraz.gov/explore/special-events/chandler-innovation-fair for more information, including an up-to-date list of all participants.

See you there!