The Next Big Idea Festival kicks off Friday

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By Carol A. Clark

This weekend’s annual Next Big Idea Festival is designed to be bigger and better than last year.

More than 60 junior and senior high-school students from around the state are participating in the Next Big Idea STEM Student Day, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Friday.

The all-day event has been organized by Los Alamos MainStreet in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Innovate-Educate New Mexico.

“The event is being supported by participation from a variety of businesses and organizations including Los Alamos National Bank, the Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos County, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Environx, LLC, Kinesthetic Wind, the New Mexico Department of Higher Education, New Mexico MESA and Central New Mexico College,” said Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. “The day will include a variety of interactive activities in a broad range of science and technology areas as well as a chance to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math-related careers.”  

The Next Big Idea Festival of Discovery, Invention, and Innovation takes place Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Ashley Pond, he said. The event will feature a day of family friendly exhibits, activities and entertainment.

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