Phoenix Comicon Dazzles with Amazing Science Content
To say the least, this was certainly an interesting year for Phoenix Comicon. A scary situation on Thursday brought about tighter security and a prop weapon ban. We'll talk about some of the security aspects in later articles and podcasts, but for now, we want to focus on all of the incredible science content that was at Phoenix Comicon this year! Hats off to RealtimeSTEAM, who negotiated and produced the space for all of these amazing science events!
They did an OUTSTANDING job integrating real world science with pop culture for Phoenix Comicon! There were several imaginative panels that explored the science behind things like the Justice League, Halo, Mr. Robot, The Twilight Zone, Futurama, Star Trek and more! They were fun, creative and you could tell the panelists had such passion for whatever they were talking about!
There were also some more 'real world' based panels that touched on topics like cyber security, STEM, microbes, domestification, birdwatching, pharmaceuticals and more! I think curiosity is a trait most comicon goers have in common so it's amazing to have all of these learning rich panels to attend. I particularly enjoyed the 'AZ Stars of Science' panel featuring local science powerhouses Dante Lauretta, Sharon O'Neal and Bert Jacobs!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATORS
On Thursday there was also an excellent opportunity for educators. The Edutech Expo provided technological and instructional resources from Arizona's STEM community. I did not attend since I'm not an educator, but I'm sure it was amazing! It was also cool to see that K-12 and community college instructors could recieve Professional Development credits for attending programming with credentialed panelists!
HANDS ON LEARNING
But the learning didn't stop there! In the Hall of Heroes there were even more opportunities to get your science on including exhibitors such as: Arizona Cyber Warfare Range, OSIRIS - Rex, Arizona Challenger Space Center, Tucson Immersive Museum, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Lowell Observatory, Ron Greeley Center for Planetary Science, ASU Center for Meteorite Studies, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, ASU Center for Education Through eXploration, Techshop, Arizona Museum of Natural History, Arizona SciTech Fest, Portable Planetarium Presentations and ASU Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.
This con was information overload in the best way possible! I just wish I would have had more time to explore everything. Also, can you imagine how awesome a Science Con on the scale of Phoenix Comicon would be?!