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About the Magic of Science

The Magic of Science Fair and Family Festival will be held at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md., on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The Science Fair begins at 8 am, and the Family Festival will open at 11 am.

The Magic of Science Festival, engineered by The Discovery Center at Water’s Edge and many community partners, brings people together through the wonder of science. The hands on exhibits enable participants to celebrate the science of everyday things through exploration of the scientific principles at play.

A regional science fair for middle school students organized by the Senior Science Society will be held in conjunction with the festival. Student participants will display their innovative projects in various STEM disciplines. Submission guidelines and entry forms can be found under the Science Fair Tab. The fair will be open to the public and begin at 8 a.m., cumulating with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m.

About the Discovery Center at Water's Edge

There is an incredible brain-trust in northern Maryland that for 100 years has developed world-changing technology for soldiers and civilians at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). The Discovery Center is committed to expanding access to science learning opportunities for all and leverages this brain trust for the benefit of the public, particularly our students who must be STEM literate to succeed today.

The APG Discovery Center will be a place where students of all ages experience, create, and play with science and technology. A place where new worlds are discovered and connections are made. Exhibits featuring virtual reality will give visitors the opportunity to drive a tank or fly a plane. Other exhibits will explore the history and the future of high performance computing. In addition to interactive exhibits, the Discovery Center will offer after-school programs, maker spaces, and serve as an anchor for the region’s STEM activities.

We are now working to launch Phase 1 of the Discovery Center – an Education and “Preview” Center. The Preview Center will serve as a visitor’s center, work space, exhibit area, and will provide funders and visitors a small taste of what will be found at the permanent Discovery Center in 2022.

Phase 2 of this project will result in the opening of a permanent Discovery Center with 10,000-SF of exhibit space, serving over 55,000 visitors each year, and costing approximately $2.7 million. We then plan in Phase 3 to grow the Center to 20,000 SF serving 100,000 visitors each year.

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