Did you know that every year, STEM students and professionals celebrate STEM? If you ask STEAM Scholarship Founder Val DiGiorgio, he’ll tell you that simply embracing these subjects is a celebration in itself! Here are DiGiorgio’s favorite STEM holidays that you should mark your calendar for in 2023:
January 2: National Science Fiction Day
Curl up with your favorite Sci-Fi books on January 2nd! Each year, Science Fiction fans celebrate their favorite genre and famed Sci-Fi writer Isaac Asimov’s birthday. This year, Val DiGiorgio recommends watching the cult classic, Moon for this year’s NSFD!
January 29: National Puzzle Day
Puzzles are a fantastic way to exercise your mind, no matter how old you are. The benefits are the same for someone who’s 7 or 77… even if that main benefit is pure fun! On National Puzzle Day, try out a jigsaw, crossword, sudoku or even a Rubix Cube to tickle your brain.
February 7: National Period Table Day
This holiday commemorates the publication of the original periodic table, which was created in 1863 by John Newlands. This year, Val DiGiorgio encourages you to play trivia games with the different elements of the periodic table to celebrate this year’s NPTD!
February 12: Darwin Day
Commemorating Charles Darwin’s birthday, Darwin Day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of Charles Darwin. This Darwin Day, embrace biodiversity with a “Phylum Feast.” A unique culinary celebration of the historic scientist’s work, this potluck style dinner is all about embracing naturalist concepts by consuming food from a diverse range of biotic sources — on one plate! Val DiGiorgio looks forward to sharing his own Phylum Feast menu in February 2023 — stay tuned.