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Virginia Tech Science Festival 2021

September 27 - November 19, 2021

Virginia Tech Science Festival

Virginia Tech Science Festival 2021

September 27 to November 19, 2021

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Six stellar presentations will be presented in the Moss Arts Center Cube and livestreamed via YouTube in 360.

  • 10:00 AM
    Climate Change: Your voice is important (Robot Musical Theater)
    Watch online

  • 11:00 AM
    Are freshwater fish in danger from a changing climate?
    Watch online

  • 12:00 PM
    NanoEarth: What is Nano and What Does It Have to Do with the Earth and the Environment?
    Watch online

  • 1:00 PM
    The scoop on honey bee poop!
    Watch online

  • 2:00 PM
    Inside Out: How We Develop, Control, and Express Our Emotions Every Day
    Watch online

  • 3:00 PM
    Rock around the clock
    Watch online

Come in person (tickets are free, but required and limited) or join our 360 live feed on Saturday, November 6.

The Virginia Tech Science Festival 2021 edition will host 

September 27-November 19, 2021
  • Small group (20-60 people) campus FIELD TRIPS and 

  • Teleconferenced MEETUPS between scientists and learners

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Six stellar presentations will be presented in the Moss Arts Center Cube and livestreamed via YouTube in 360.

What is the Virginia Tech Science Festival?

The Virginia Tech Science Festival...

  • Is safe, fun, educational
  • Is local, live, and public
  • Promotes two-way conversations between learners and scientists
  • Gives scientists practice talking to kids
  • Gives kids practice talking to scientists 
  • Builds networks and partnerships
  • Promotes Virginia Tech
  • Promotes college
  • Promotes STEM careers


2020 Nutshell games

RECORDED: Saturday, November 7 at 4pm est

2020 Sponsors and partners


  • Virginia Tech Office of The Executive Vice President and Provost


  • The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech
  • Moss Arts Center
  • Center for Educational Networks and Impacts
  • Center for Communicating Science
  • College Access Collaborative 
  • 4-H


  • Science Museum of Western Virginia
  • Virginia Tech College of Science
  • Virginia Tech Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS)


  • Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research

Photography & filming

Please note that photography/filming will be taking place at this event for promotional and archival purposes. The photographs and recordings made are likely to appear on the University website and social media accounts, and may be circulated to the press and other media organizations.

If you would prefer not to be photographed please let the photographer know.

Further contact information: Steven Mackay

YOU can help bring k-12 students together with scientists and make the Virginia Tech Science Festival virtual this year!

Affiliated Events

Festival team

  • Phyllis Leary Newbill
  • Haseb Alim
  • Chelsea Lyles
  • David Franusich
  • Dylan Parker
  • Erika Bonnet
  • Steven Mackay
  • Susan Bland
  • Zach Coffren
  • Jeanette Cooper
  • Lisa McNair
  • Cody Klein
  • Kim Keith
  • Arul Kumar
  • Jamie Little
  • Rafael Patrick
  • Quentin Baldwin
  • William Stadtlander
  • Vitha Anumolu

Advisors and supporters

  • Jordan Albright
  • Amy Azano
  • Rachel Hopkins
  • Ben Knapp
  • Carrie Kroehler
  • Tom Martin
  • Don Pizzullo
  • Patricia Raun
  • Karen Eley-Sanders
  • Angela Scarpa
  • Cathy Sutphin
  • Tanner Upthegrove
  • Holly Williams
  • Melissa Wyers