Plan your visit
Stay tuned for 2020 exhibit listing information
Yes, but not in person on the festival day. Instead, scientists and learners will meet up via video teleconference during the fall, their interactions will be recorded, and the videos will be unveiled to the public on the festival day.
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
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 presented to the public on the festival day.
We hope that Virginia Tech Science Festival 2021 will be a live, in-person event. We are keeping these questions and answers on the page for future reference.
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 exhibits 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.
We absolutely welcome children with disabilities. We are working with the Center for Autism Research this year to make the festival more accessible by providing sensory-friendly spaces in each festival building, as well as some additional training for our exhibitors. Check the festival website and program to identify presenters who are specially prepared for working with children on the autism spectrum. If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kacy McAllister at 540-231-0297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to an event.
The festival does tend to be crowded. We recommend visiting early and starting with Newman Library or Torgersen Hall (rather than the Moss Arts Center) to avoid the most crowded spaces. Check the map carefully. There are lots of less crowded, out-of-the-way spaces with great exhibits.
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.