The City of Chandler and Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) invite the public to the annual Chandler Innovation Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Feb. 19. The one-day, hands-on event will be in Downtown Chandler, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., between Buffalo and Boston streets along Commonwealth Avenue.

For years, both entities have hosted similar events during the same month and are now combining efforts to collaboratively inspire our youth to discover a love or a future career in science, technology, engineering, math and innovation.

More than 65 exhibitors from CUSD schools and local technology companies will participate to demonstrate the basics of science and the impact it has on your daily life. There will be plenty of hands-on activities as engineers and other working professionals, student makers and innovators showcase new experiments and science concepts.

Event sponsor Northrop Grumman will launch a model rocket every hour and their scientists and engineers will have nearly 30 interactive activities on display. Northrop Grumman also will have a passport for kids to earn stamps as they complete each activity, including displays and experiments from CUSD. Once the passport is filled out, they may exchange it for a prize.

The City’s science competition returns for Chandler K–12 students and educational organizations. Six winning teams will be awarded a $500 prize that will be presented to their school’s science club or program for the most educational, most creative and most passionate projects. The winners will be announced during the event and will be recognized at an upcoming City Council meeting.

The Chandler Innovation Fair is part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, a statewide movement to promote and celebrate science in our daily lives and to earn recognition for Arizona as a science and technology hub. Sponsors of this year’s Chandler Innovation Fair include Northrop Grumman, Intel, Waste Management and First Things First.

Free parking for the event is available at The Johnathan parking garage (south of Buffalo Street, east of Arizona Avenue), or The Alexander parking garage (north of Boston Street, east of Arizona Avenue).

For a complete list of exhibitors, visit