Da Vinci Days Ride Again: STEAM Festival

Here come the da Vinci Days! Corvallis’ celebration of all things STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) runs from July 14 to July 16.

It all begins Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Whiteside Theatre with a keynote address by Timothy L. Weber, Global Head of 3D Materials & Advanced Applications at HP 3D Printing. Weber will speak about how 3D printing of polymers, ceramics, and metals is contributing to a new industrial revolution.

The festivities continue on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds with exhibits by local artists alongside vendors with food and drinks. At any time during the day you can also check out some live music, including the cowboy surf poetry of The Svens, flamenco music and dance with Flamenco Pacifico, and a bit of Marley with Belly Full of Bob closing out the day.

Of course, the main feature of da Vinci Days is the Graand Kinetic Challenge where engineering and art join in a race of pedal-powered kinetic sculptures. The first portion takes place on Saturday and includes a road race and sand dune challenge. The second portion, held on Sunday, will have the racers test their creations in the mud and on the river. If you’re so inclined, you can follow the races on your bike.

Thanks to the City of Corvallis, Benton County, OSU, and HP, this year’s events are all free, but you can still make a donation if you’re so inclined. Parking a car at the fairgrounds will cost you $5, but bike parking is free.

Check out www.davincidays.org for more information.