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Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise set to speak at Mississippi Science Fest

Courtesy of Mississippi Children's Museum.

The 2017 Mississippi Science Fest (MSF) presented by C Spire, launches September 22-23rd in Jackson, Mississippi’s LeFleur Museum District (LMD). Leaders from all four museums of the LMD organized the event to showcase the Magnolia State’s innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) industries and organizations.

LMD President and Executive Director of Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum Aaron Rodgers said, “The LeFleur Museum District is incredibly excited to host the first annual Mississippi Science Fest. As educators, historians, and scientists, we feel it is exceedingly important to promote STEM initiatives and activities that inspire the next generation of Mississippi innovators, engineers and visionaries.”

The Mississippi Science Fest aims to engage students, families, adults and educators in a fun and interactive environment providing science education, workforce development and a glimpse into Mississippi’s future. MSF will offer special exhibitors, events and programs that celebrate STEM and illustrate the vital role that Mississippians serve in these fields.

STEM-themed field trips to each museum will be held on Friday, September 22nd . That evening at 6 PM, Apollo 13 Astronaut and Mississippi native, Fred Haise will present our keynote address, open to the public, at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. A full schedule of activities for the festival and tickets can be found at Tickets can also be purchased on the day of September 23rd at any participating museum.

C Spire, MSF’s presenting sponsor, recognizes the importance of technology education and increasing Mississippi’s digital literacy and technical workforce. “At C Spire, we believe that some of the world’s brightest future scientists, engineers, mathematicians and creative thinkers will come from Mississippi,” said Hu Meena, C Spire CEO. “That’s why we are so excited to present our home state with a festival designed to encourage technology education and inspire our future workforce.”

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Information provided by Mississippi Children’s Museum.

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