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Virginia Tech Science Festival

Miss America invites you to the 2020 Virginia Tech Science Festival

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


Nutshell games

Saturday, November 7 at 4pm est


Virginia Tech and the Science Museum of Western Virginia are proud to host the Virginia Tech Science Festival in Fall 2020. This year’s festival will be different in light of what we know and don’t know about COVID-19. 

The COVID edition of the Virginia Tech Science Festival maintains two-way conversations between scientists and learners by hosting teleconferenced Meetups between learner groups and scientists before the official festival date. Edited videos of these teleconferences will be unveiled to the public on the festival day, November 7, 2020.

Sponsor highlight

Virginia Tech Science Festival is pleased to partner with Virginia Cooperative Extension to offer free Mars Base Camp kits to leaders of Virginia Tech Science Festival learner groups (while supplies last). Developed by Google and Virginia Cooperative Extension, Mars Base Camp is a collection of activities that teaches kids ages 8-14 STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture. See for more info.


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 



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

Affiliated Events

Roanoke STEAM Day

Hokie BugFest

Festival team

Phyllis Leary Newbill

Haseb Alim

Julee Farley

Chelsea Lyles

David Franusich

Dylan Parker

Megan Sundberg

Emily Crawford

Erika Bonnet

Steven Mackay

Susan Bland

JP Paul

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

George Hardebeck

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

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!