Da Vinci Days Takes Flight Once Again

dvd_llogo_colorComing out of a two-year hiatus, the reinvigorated da Vinci Days festival promises to provide a stimulating and eventful summer for Corvallisites with art and science on the brain. And the last time I checked, that’s almost all of us.

For the uninitiated, da Vinci Days is a celebration of all aspects of STEAM—an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. With a bucketload of related events on the horizon, including past favorites and brand new features, this reboot looks set to honor its namesake once more.

The May schedule of events kicks off with “El Vecindario Creativo” on Sunday, May 15 at the Centro Cultural César Chávez and Beth Ray Center on the OSU campus. The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m., and is composed of displays of dual language K-12 classroom/student-produced art and technology, as well as community performances and interactive activities. It is immediately followed by the STEAM speaker series from May 16 to May 20, which includes talks on air pollution, robot coexistence, earthquakes and engineering, art, and mathematics—all by a number of great speakers. An engineering expo at the Kelley Engineering Center is also scheduled from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the last day of the series, Friday, May 20, and will feature student inventions and projects.

The next block of events occurs deeper into the summer, from July 15 to July 17. It kicks off with a keynote speech by Joe N. Reyes, Ph.D., the Chief Technology Officer for NuScale Power. He’ll be speaking at the Whiteside Theatre at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 15. The rest of the events and activities will be set up at the fairgrounds, including the Children’s Village, which consists of STEAM projects from middle and high school students.

And don’t fret, everyone’s favorite art and engineering race, the Graand Kinetic Challenge, is back! It’ll take place on the weekend of July 16 and July 17, so mark your calendars!

This is just a taste of what’s in store. Be sure to visit www.davincidays.org periodically for updates as well as a complete schedule of events.

By Abbie Tumbleson