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USGS Staff Educate Students and the Public at the 2014 St. Petersburg Science Festival in Florida



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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, had a strong presence at the 4th Annual St. Petersburg Science Festival held October 17–18, 2014, at Poynter Park, adjacent to the University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg campus. In addition to the traditional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focus, this year’s festival emphasized the role of the arts in innovation, broadening the focus to STEM + Arts = STEAM. The 2-day festival included more than 50 exhibitors from around the Tampa area.

Photograph of the USGS exhibit taken on the first day of the 2014 St. Petersburg Science Festival
Above: On the first day of the 2014 St. Petersburg Science Festival (Friday, October 17), Jen Flannery (second from right) passes out literature while Tess Busch (USGS t-shirt) explains the USGS Coral Reef exhibit organized by Ilsa Kuffner. [larger version]

The USGS contributions to the festival are a follow-on to Open House exhibits presented previously at the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center. For examples of these exhibits, see Sound Waves articles from 2004 (“USGS Celebrates Earth Science Week with an Open House in St. Petersburg, FL”), 2005 (“Florida Center Celebrates Earth Science Week and 125 Years of USGS Science”), 2006 (“Fourth-Graders Explore the USGS Center in St. Petersburg, Florida”), 2008 (“The Pulse of Earth Science Is Strong at the USGS in St. Petersburg, Florida”), and 2010 (“USGS Promotes Ocean Research and Education at 12th Annual Open House in St. Petersburg, Florida”).

USGS research assistant Kara Doran organized school tour groups for the festival, and geologist Caitlin Reynolds organized the USGS exhibitors from the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center. Personnel from additional USGS centers participated as well: researcher Kaitlin Kovacs came from the Southeast Ecological Science Center in Gainesville, Florida, and outreach coordinator Gabrielle Bodin came from the National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. Both enjoyed the event and said that they were extremely glad to participate. 

USGS participants in the Science Festival in 2014 were Gabrielle Bodin, Tess Busch, Jacy Bussey, Soupy Daylander, Kara Doran, Jen Flannery, Christian Haller, Kaitlin Kovacs, Dennis Krohn, Ilsa Kuffner, Sophia Liu, Joe Long, RC Mickey, Jen Miselis, Nathaniel Plant, and Joseph Terrano.

To view the local newspaper write-up about the festival, see “St. Pete Science Fest, MarineQuest make learning fun” in the Tampa Tribune.

The national Science Festival Alliance website, which includes the local St. Petersburg festival, offers more information about U.S. science events.


Related Sound Waves Stories
USGS Promotes Ocean Research and Education at 12th Annual Open House in St. Petersburg, Florida
Jan. / Feb. 2011
The Pulse of Earth Science Is Strong at the USGS in St. Petersburg, Florida
Jan. / Feb. 2008
Fourth-Graders Explore the USGS Center in St. Petersburg, Florida
March 2006
Florida Center Celebrates Earth Science Week and 125 Years of USGS Science
Dec. 2004 / Jan. 2005
USGS Celebrates Earth Science Week with an Open House in St. Petersburg, FL
Dec. 2003 / Jan. 2004

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St. Pete Science Fest, MarineQuest make learning fun
Tampa Tribune
Science Festival Alliance
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USGS at the 2014 St. Petersburg Science Festival in Florida

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Undamming Washington’s Elwha River—Public Lecture

Awards
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