Mar 13, 2018
Discovery Center wins award for Tennessee STEAM Festival

Discovery Center wins award for Tennessee STEAM Festival

Museum wins bronze in ‘Best New Event’ category

MURFREESBORO, Tenn., March 13, 2018—The Discovery Center was recognized by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association (SFEA) for its inaugural Tennessee STEAM Festival, held last October at locations throughout the state.

The museum won the bronze Kaleidoscope Award for “Best New Event in the Southeast” at SFEA’s 15th Annual Conference, where top festivals and events throughout the southeast were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the events industry.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by a regional organization such as SFEA,” said Tara MacDougall, president and CEO of the Discovery Center. “I’d like to congratulate our entire team along with all the volunteers, sponsors and partner institutions across the state that made the Festival possible. It was a herculean effort from everyone involved, and we received tremendous feedback from the community and beyond. We’re looking forward to presenting the 2nd annual STEAM Festival this October!”

According to SFEA, the organization examined originality, creativity, media impact, volunteer programs, and the overall impact on the community.

“The quality of submissions continues to increase each year, making it more difficult for the judges to select the winners,” Brenda Pierce, executive director for SFEA, said in a release.

The Tennessee STEAM Festival was developed by the Discovery Center, in partnership with the Tennessee Science Alliance. The Festival incorporates events at a wide range of museums, schools, community centers and other attractions throughout state to celebrate science, technology, engineering, art and math. In 2017, more than 80 sites participated.

The 2nd annual Tennessee STEAM Festival is scheduled to take place Oct. 12-21, 2018. More information is available at

About SFEA

The Southeast Festivals & Events Association (SFEA) is a 501(c)6 membership-based organization comprised of festival and event planners, venues, and industry service providers. SFEA was founded in 2009 to strengthen the festival and event industry throughout the southeast United States by hosting educational sessions, networking opportunities, award recognition, and additional events throughout the year; thus, allowing for continued professional growth within the festivals and events industry. Membership is open to those in the festivals and events industry as well as those wanting to get their start and learn more about this exciting profession.

About the Discovery Center

The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on, environmental, cultural and educational museum located in the heart of Middle Tennessee. More than 120,000 children and families visit annually, exploring exhibits and participating in programs that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) education. Adjacent to the Center is the protected Murfree Spring wetlands, a natural habitat for a variety of fish, amphibians and birds. Located at 502 S.E. Broad Street in Murfreesboro, TN, the Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit or call (615) 890‑2300.

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Jeff Krinks, Prufrock Communications

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