The theme of this year’s festival is “Science or Magic?” Jean Nels, Executive Director, explained why it was chosen, “As we were discussing a theme, we came across this quote from Sir Arthur Clarke, a futurist, writer, and inventor, ‘Magic is just science that we don’t understand yet.’ Using magic is the perfect way to introduce everyone to the wonder and excitement of science. Performances and presentations will use this theme, helping to grab attention and create a sense of curiosity and fascination, all while explaining important scientific concepts.”

Exciting and entertaining activities are lined up for the Siskiyou Science Festival 2019. The many free performances, presentations, tours, and all-day festival will occur during the week of May 13 to 19.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Science or Magic?” Jean Nels, Executive Director, explained why it was chosen, “As we were discussing a theme, we came across this quote from Sir Arthur Clarke, a futurist, writer, and inventor, ‘Magic is just science that we don’t understand yet.’ Using magic is the perfect way to introduce everyone to the wonder and excitement of science. Performances and presentations will use this theme, helping to grab attention and create a sense of curiosity and fascination, all while explaining important scientific concepts.”

According to Nels, there are many examples of magical feats that have been achieved by science including flying using wings, flights to outer space, seeing what is invisible to the eye through many different types of instruments, communicating long distance using both sound or images, generating energy, and fighting disease.

Three performers will be featured during the week-long festival. “Science of Magic” performer, Mr. Fish, will give 8 performances for local schools, and two evening performances for the entire community. Ms. Frizzle of Magic School Bus fame and Mr. Freeze from Fermilabs in Chicago will also be giving presentations at the schools and will be at the all-day festival on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Mt. Shasta Boulevard.

Science Festival committee member, Linda Siegel, encourages participation, “It has been rewarding to be a part of this festival and to share the wonders of science in our everyday lives. The success of last year’s science festival was only possible because of the many wonderful volunteers and businesses who helped with the project. We encourage you to sign up today (www.siskiyuouscifest.com) as an exhibitor to share the scientific wonders of your business or to be a volunteer to help make this event even more successful.”

Siskiyou Science Festival is a community-wide effort spearheaded by Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum. Other sponsors include Mt. Shasta Rotary, Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Dignity Health, Grocery Outlet, Expershare, Campbell Global, U.S. Forest Service, Science Festival Alliance, Silver Rockets, Siskiyou Land Trust, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum is a tax-exempt non-profit organization. It is located at 1 North Old Stage Road. You may call (530-926-5508) or email for further information (museum@mtshastamuseum.com or siskiyouscifest@gmail.com)