The Virginia Tech Science Festival and Nutshell Games are Saturday Nov. 7th. All festival events are free and online.

The Virginia Tech Science Festival is a Saturday celebration of science as a way of knowing. Based on the idea that “science is bigger than you think,” the festival features a range of disciplines that use data to draw conclusions. With themes encompassing a broad range of different sciences, the festival has something for everyone to enjoy. People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to explore the festival and discover what may strengthen and inspire their love and appreciation for science as a way of knowing!

For this year’s festival we will be completely online due to COVID-19. However, we will still offer amazing online exhibit experiences. All this fall we are matching up exhibitors and learner groups to have two-way conversations through Zoom. The interactions will be recorded, edited, and unveiled on the official science festival website on Saturday Nov. 7th for everyone to watch and enjoy! 

The Virginia Tech Science Festival...

  • Is safe, fun, educational

  • Is local, live, and public

  • Promotes two-way conversations between learners and scientists

  • Reaches learners from Title 1 schools

  • Gives scientists practice talking to kids

  • Gives kids practice talking to scientists 

  • Builds networks and partnerships 

  • Offers diverse experiences to teach that science is bigger than you think

  • Promotes Virginia Tech

  • Promotes college

  • Promotes STEM careers

Fun Facts:

  • Inaugurated in 2014 and has been organized by Virginia Tech ever since 

  • Reaches 4,000-6,000 visitors, including families, school field trips, and Virginia Tech students. 

  • Host to over 100 unique exhibits every year

  •  In 2019, Camille Schrier, who is a Virginia Tech alumna and Miss America title holder, came to give a live demonstration of the “Elephant’s toothpaste experiment” that she performed during the talent section of the pageant.

  • 2020 will be the first year that the Virginia Tech Science Festival is presented online.

The Nutshell Games:

Every year, following the end of the Science Festival, the Center for Communicating Science hosts the Nutshell Games. The Nutshell Games is a contest in which Virginia Tech graduate students compete for cash prizes as they are given 90 seconds to present their research. With a panel of judges consisting of professionals, government leaders, and middle schoolers, graduates are challenged to find a way to creatively present and appeal to all of the judges in a short period of time. This is a great event to attend and learn about the amazing research projects carried out by Virginia Tech students in a creative, fun, and entertaining fashion. 

The Nutshell Games will be online due to COVID-19 and can be watched on November 7th along with the festival presentations. This allows for everyone to stay safe and enjoy the graduates’ presentations. 

 

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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