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Dominic Davis, 8, of Albany participates in the Bricks 4 Kidz booth during last year's da Vinci Days. Five STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) lectures have been scheduled for next week as part of the da Vinci Days 2017 festival.

Anibal Ortiz, Mid-Valley Sunday file

Da Vinci Days has scheduled a series of five STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) lectures for next week as part of its 2017 festival.

All of the talks are free and open to interested parties of all ages. Here is a look at the offerings:

• Science: Benjamin Dalziel, Oregon State University assistant professor in integrative biology, will speak on cities as natural experiments in ecology and evolution at 6 p.m. May 15 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2500 SW Western Boulevard.

• Technology: Ben Lester, an OSU engineering student and one of the first FAA-certified drone pilots in Oregon, will give a talk on unmanned aerial systems at 6 p.m. May 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

• Engineering: Joe Baio, OSU assistant professor in bioengineering, offers a talk on new materials inspired by nature at 6 p.m. May 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

• Arts: OSU art history instructor Rekebah Perry speaks on Leonard da Vinci, the artist and scientist, at 6 p.m. May 18 at The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave.

• Mathematics: Tom Dick, OSU math professor, will lecture on seeing the nature of mathematics through the mathematics of nature at 6 p.m. May 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The festival is holding a fundraising concert featuring the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies at 7 p.m. May 20 at The LaSells Stewart Center at OSU. Tickets are $45 in advance and $60 at the door. Tickets are available at www.davincidays.org. The Thursday, May 18 edition of The E will feature a preview of the show.

Da Vinci Days also will be hosting events in July, including the Graand Kinetic Challenge sculpture races. The keynote speaker is Tim Weber of HP Inc. Weber will give a talk on the company’s pioneering 3-D printing efforts.

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@gazettetimes.com or 541-758-9542. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day.

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