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Interested in giving your students the unique opportunity to participate in two-way conversations with actual scientists and learning about their amazing exhibits? Well, the 2020 Virginia Tech Science Festival now welcomes schools to sign their students up as learner groups to take part in a unique virtual event that will safely connect students with scientists. As a learner group your students will be assigned to one of our many exhibits to meet scientists, learn about the work they do, and ask questions through either teleconferenced or in-person meetups. We'll take care of connecting you with scientists and hosting the Meetup via Zoom. You just bring your enthusiasm, your questions, and your willingness to have two-way conversations with scientists.

These Meetups will also be recorded, edited, and then later showcased on the Virginia Tech Science Festival website on festival day! If you are interested in signing up your class to be a learner group, please fill out the application down below. We will begin scheduling Meetups on August 25. Apply by then for top consideration. Learner group applications close September 30. 

Free STEM Kits

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.

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We will need to secure photo permissions for the people in your group, including you.

We can get these on paper, electronically, or a combination of the two. 

• For paper forms, we ask that you print them and send them home with students to get parent/guardian signatures. You may scan the completed forms and email to us, or you may mail them to us. Please keep track of whose forms you receive and have that information ready at the Meetup. This form can be found as an attachment to this email.

• For electronic forms, send parents/guardians to this link: The Meetup host will have a list of Sample language for the message to parents/guardians is below. Feel free to edit to suit your needs.  

Our class will participate in a Virginia Tech Science Festival Meetup this fall. The festival organizers would like to have your permission to include our class members in an edited video of our Meetup to be shared at the Virginia Tech Science Festival on November 7. Please complete the form at to give (or not give) your permission. You’ll be asked for your email address, your name, your permission, and your child’s name. For “Teacher / Learner Group Name” please enter [YOUR LEARNER GROUP NAME]. For more information about the Virginia Tech Science Festival, please see