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Statewide STEM Festival Starts Oct. 31 More than 600 events will be offered

Oct. 31 is, of course, the day we devote to bats, witches, goblins, gore and a whole lot of sugar. But here in Maryland, it’s also the start of something much more scientific.

The Maryland STEM Festival starts that day and runs through Nov. 12, with more than 600 events statewide that are fun, family-oriented and often free. STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics and the theme for all festival events, but the topics vary as much as the field of science itself.

Here’s a sampling of just a few in the Baltimore area:

  • MAGIC’s Capture the Flag 004, an Entry Level Cybersecurity Competition, Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Community Media Center, Westminster
  • STEM in the Fire House, Nov. 4, 2-3 p.m., Led by the Fire Museum of Maryland
  • Homeschool Science and Career Workshop, Nov. 8, 1-3 p.m., Maryland Agriculture Resource Council, Cockeysville
  • CCBC Hacking 101, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-2 pm., CCBC Essex Campus
  • DrumFest!, Nov. 11, 2-3:30 p.m., Baltimore County Public Library, North Point branch
  • Science Sunday: STEM FEST — Bird Beak Adaptations, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-noon, Irvine Nature Center

More than 50,000 people are expected to participate at 230 venues across the state.

Want to participate as well? Check out the calendar of events at

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