Plan your visit
Yes, but we want to spread science, not germs. Much of our audience is under 12 and cannot be vaccinated yet. Science tells us that having lots of unvaccinated people from many regions together in an indoor space is not the way to end COVID. We are all about science, after all. Instead, the festival will be a series of teleconferenced meetups, field trips to campus for school children, and in-person and livestreamed events from the Moss Arts Center Cube. Field trips and Meetups happen from September 27 to November 19, 2021. Livestreamed and public events will be held on Saturday, November 6. Our friends at the Center for Communicating Science will hold Nutshell Games in the spring this year in conjunction with the Center's five-year anniversary and Communicating Science Week.
All Virginia Tech Science Festival events are free and open to the public.
The festival is mostly targeted for school-age children, but there are lots of things for younger kids to see and do. Many parents bring young children and have a great time. Just know that some experiences will be less accessible to young children because of fragile objects or the need to follow careful directions. Watch the festival website and program to identify presenters whose projects are specially geared for young children.
How does the festival work for people with disabilities? We absolutely welcome people with disabilities. We partner with the Center for Autism Research to make the festival more accessible by providing training for our presenters. Check the festival website and program to identify presenters who are specially prepared for working with people on the autism spectrum. If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-231-5300 at least 10 business days prior to an event.
The Virginia Tech Science Festival has a goal of making science and research accessible to all ages. Most exhibits are designed for elementary and middle school students. Younger children will find plenty to do as well.