Science Festival

About the Science Festival


The Highland Park High School Science Festival is a one-day event where over 40 speakers representing careers in science, technology, engineering and math visit the high school campus. These accomplished leaders discuss their careers, educational paths and work experience with students. All high school science students have the opportunity to engage in conversation and gain a deeper understanding of these vital and in-demand careers. Sponsored by the Science Faculty at Highland Park High School and organized by parent volunteers, the mission of the Science Festival is to encourage and inspire students to pursue careers in medicine, research, technology, engineering and science. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in scientific, professional and technical services will grow nearly 17% with the addition of 5.2 million jobs by the year 2018. (See

Marie Naklie McCoy organized the first HPHS Science Festival in 2006. A chemical engineer, an expert in liquefied natural gas, and a parent volunteer, her creative vision inspired the faculty, students and speakers. Nearly 75 parent volunteers host the Science Festival each year. The 11th annual Science Festival will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2016. Outstanding professionals from the Dallas community, the University of Texas at Dallas, Baylor University Medical Center, Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center will participate in the 2016 Science Festival.