Science FestivalThe Virginia Tech Science Festival is a Saturday celebration of science as a way of knowing.  Held since 2014, this expo-style, family-friendly event reaches 4,000- 6,000 visitors, including families, school field trips, and Virginia Tech students. Festival guests participate in hands-on activities, see engaging demonstrations, and talk one-on-one with practicing scientists at about 90 different exhibits.  Based on the idea that “science is bigger than you think,” the festival features a range of disciplines that use data to draw conclusions. Science is … life, process, safety, and robotics, the earth, and well-being. Science is on the road and in the arts. The festival is a collaboration across most of the colleges and research institutes on campus, as well as many community members.  The festival budget funds buses for school field trips from area schools, as well as charter buses from three College Access regions in the state. Contact Phyllis Newbill for ways to join.

K2CKindergarten-to-College (K2C)  is a signature event connecting fifth graders from Virginia Title 1 schools with Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students. While on campus, fifth graders are immersed in diverse hands-on experiences, inspiring them to consider a multitude of college and career paths. Last year, we hosted over 1200 fifth graders on campus. K2C is a collaborative effort of the Center for Research in SEAD Education, the College Access Collaborative, and the School of Education, and the program includes 24 departments from across the university and almost 100 volunteers each day. While the impact of this program cannot be fully measured, it truly exemplifies our land-grant mission!

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AccelerateThe ACCelerate Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival is an annual opportunity for all ACC schools in partnership with the Lemelson Center to showcase their work to the public, each other, students, alumni, companies, legislators, and invited guests from the nation’s capital. The first ACCelerate Festival took place on October 13-15, 2017, programmed by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the Museum’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. It is a three-day celebration of creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design (SEAD). Visitors to the festival interact with innovators and experience new interdisciplinary technologies developed to address global challenges. The event is free and open to the public. Join us for this year’s event April 5-7, 2019.

ICAT Creativity & Innovation DayICAT Creativity and Innovation Day is a public showcase at the nexus of science, engineering, art, and design (SEAD). Hosted by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at the Moss Arts Center, it is held annually on the last Monday of spring semester, usually in early May. Participants from middle school to adult join us for a full day of fun and thought-provoking interactions. For information contact Phyllis Newbill.

Maker CampInstrument Maker Camp is a 4-day day camp program offered each summer for middle school students and teachers. Learners design, build, code and perform with their newly invented instruments at the Moss Arts Center. Registration open at the beginning of April and fills quickly.