Dayton Regional Science Festival
Steering Committee

Peter Berkendorf
Involvement Advocacy

Gregory Bernhardt
Wright State University and
Dayton Regional STEM School

Jane Black
Dayton Art Institute

Meg Draeger
Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School

Cory Earl
Dayton Business Journal

Diane Farrell*
Dayton Metro Library

Tonia Fish
Synergy Incubators

James Grote
Air Force Research Lab

Anthony T. Head
The People's Chef

Kay High

Kevin Kelly
University of Dayton

Marilyn Klaben
The Human Race Theatre

Thomas Lasley*
Learn to Earn Dayton

Lyle Lockwood
Affiliate Societies Council

Mickey McCabe
University of Dayton Research Institute

Mark Meister
Dayton Society of Natural History

Phil Parker
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce

Colleen Ryan

Kristy Rochon
Dayton Development Coalition

Jim Rowley
Montgomery County Education Service Center
and Dayton Regional STEM Center

Gloria Skurski
Think TV

Roberta Walker
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce

Larrell Walters
ID Cast

Judith Wehn
National Museum of the United States Air Force

Tish Wilson
Dayton Metro Library

Perry Yaney
University of Dayton and (TechFest)

* Dayton Regional Science Festival Co-Chairs

Ignite Innovation


With a variety of events for adults, Ignite Innovation has something for everyone, from madly scientific supporters to people who enjoy a casual evening of science-themed activities.

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Featured Events:

Taste of IT
Sinclair Community College Pointz Center
Wednesday, November 13, 07:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Join Technology First for the 7th annual Taste of IT, where the region's IT community gathers for forums and presentations that highlight services, expertise, and innovation in the information technology industry.


thinkIgnite Innovation Cocktail Reception Kick-off, hosted by ThinkTV
At Think TV, 110 S. Jefferson St.
Thursday, November 14 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a casual wine and cheese social celebrating Ignite Innovation. Meet the TedX Dayton speakers, socialize and take in the highlights of the 10 day science festival. This evening is planned for adult audiences.
Rsvp by November 8th to Emily at 937-220-1701 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


At the Victoria Theater
Friday, November 15, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Join fellow creatives, students, and passionate innovators for a day of infused and inspired Ted Talks highlighting ideas worth spreading in the local community. Interested participants can fill out their applications beginning September 24 and will then be immediately prompted to purchase tickets online. Admission is $20/students, $50/non-students.
Check back frequently for updates on speakers, topics, and local kick-off events.
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Edible Science
Friday, November 15 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Synergy Kitchen Incubators'
200 South Jefferson Street (former Chin's Restaurant)
$40/person, includes samples and one drink; cash bar. Reservations encouraged.
Join three up and coming Dayton area chefs as you learn some of the hottest trends in molecular gastronomy. Watch the experts demonstrate the science of food, ask in depth questions, then sample the results of their culinary creations. Enjoy antique artisan cocktails crafted by Dayton Cocktail Company. Fund raiser to support Dayton's first Kitchen Incubator, growing food business in Dayton!


Evening of Astronomy: Telescope Pointers
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Friday, November 15, 7:00 p.m., admission is FREE
Take the opportunity to examine a variety of telescopes, ask questions, and gain a better understanding of what qualities to look for when considering a telescope purchase. Enter a free drawing for a Galileoscope 50-mm f/10 refractor kit; must be present to win.


The Art and Science of Brewing Great Beer
At Fifth Street BrewPub
Monday, November 18, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
An interactive presentation on the intricacies and scientific process of brewing will be held at Dayton's very own Fifth Street Brewpub. Learn about the art of science of brewing a brewpub! Could education get any better than this? Tickets are $15 per person and includes the presentation, three 10oz beer samples, and appetizers. Tickets are available at Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth Street, Dayton, OH. Please purchase your tickets early as there are a limited amount of tickets available. For more information, contact Fifth Street Brewpub, (937) 443-0919. casual evening to discuss the intricacies of brewing.


NOVA Reception with Evan Hadingham, Senior Editor of PBS' icon series, NOVA
At Think TV
Tuesday, November 19, 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy refreshments and comments from Mr. Hadingham, along with an interactive session of questions and answers. NOVA was one of the first science programs on television. Today it is used in schools and homes alike to educate and enlighten learners of all ages.
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DIY@DAI: Magnetic Math
At the Dayton Art Institute
Wednesday, November 20, Drop in between 5 & 7 p.m.
Cost: $25 for museum members; $30 for non-members – includes art materials, light appetizers and your first beverage
Registration requested – call 243-4ART
Refresh your knowledge of the mathematical concepts of rotation and reflection and the fundamental elements of art – line, form, and color – by visiting a treasured piece in the museum's collection by Ellsworth Kelly. Then, convene in Leo Bistro for appetizers and a glass of beer or wine while Alex Otte, Museum Educator, helps you create a set of magnets that reinforces these concepts. Check The Dayton Art Institute web site for information on upcoming DIY@DAI events!
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Fall Defense Forum
At the Nutter Center, Berry Room
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway Suite 430
Thursday, November 21, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Admission is $40/single ticket
The Defense Forum will bring together some of the top leaders from the business, military and academic communities to give their expert opinions on what needs to be done now to prepare for defense cuts that could leave the region's economy devastated!


Pecha Kucha Dayton Night, Vol. 17
Thursday, November 21, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m
Inspiring speakers, intriguing topics, and the traditional PK beer break! Another great mix of presenters will tackle the 20x20 format for a fast-paced 6-minute-40-second dive into their creative and innovative worlds. More at or at


Chemistry and Cocktails
At the Boonshoft Museum
Friday, November 22, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
$20 per person; $25 the day of the event, includes food and one drink voucher. 21+; ID Required. Reservations are now available online or by phone at 937.275.7431, ext. 158  
From constellations and comets, to planetary exploration, for thousands of years we have looked to the universe with awe and cosmic curiosity. Experience a casual evening at the Boonshoft Museum, as you enjoy stellar signature drinks, delicious bites from Dayton's favorite hot spots, and out-of-this-world activities that bring the limitlessness of space down to earth.
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Going High-Tech to Locate Ohio's Past: Geophysics and the Archaeology Revolution
Dr Jarrod Burks, Director of Archaeological Geophysics, Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.
At the SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park
Saturday, November 23, 10:30 - noon
Join popular expert, Jarrod Burks, PhD. in an interactive presentation demonstrating the practical and pre-historic uses for ground penetrating radar.
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The Next Giant Leap for Mankind: Humans to Mars
At the Expressions Coffee House
Saturday, November 23, 2:00 p.m.
This presentation is FREE; beverages and snacks available for purchase
The Mars Society will host a presentation that dives into Mars explorations and plans by NASA, other countries, as well as commercial and private projects by Inspiration Mars, Mars One, and SpaceX.

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