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Interested in giving your students the unique opportunity to participate in two-way conversations with living, working scientists and learning about their science? The 2021 Virginia Tech Science Festival now welcomes schools to sign their classes up to connect students with scientists. As a learner group your students will be assigned to one of our many experiences to meet scientists, learn about the work they do, and ask questions through either teleconferenced MEETUPS, or in-person FIELD TRIPS to campus. We'll take care of connecting you with scientists and hosting the experience. You just bring your enthusiasm, your questions, and your willingness to have two-way conversations with scientists.

Some of these experiences 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 below. We will begin scheduling experiences on September 15. Apply by then for top consideration. Learner group applications close September 30.

Application

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 electronic forms, send parents/guardians to this link. 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 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 vt.edu/sciencefestival
  • For electronic forms, send parents/guardians to this link. 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 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 vt.edu/sciencefestival
  • 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.