ABOUT THE SCIENCE FESTIVAL
The 7th Annual It’s All About Science Festival was held on June 9th 2018 at the Sanford Center from 9am-5pm. The It’s All About Science Festival is a community-led event, and was initiated by Dakota science-based organizations to promote STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Having an event like this in our community cultivates and prepares the next generation of our local economy in a unique and compelling way.
The all-day festival is free of charge and includes over 50 hands-on activities, demonstrations and exhibits from student groups, educators, and STEM industries, in addition to high-caliber performances.
There are many ways to be involved with the It’s All About Science Festival!
Exhibitors showcase the STEM associated with their industry, company, organization, profession, and products. Visit our Exhibitor Page for registration and more.
K-8 Science Fair Project Exposition: Do you know a child K-8 that would be interested in showcasing or re-showcasing their science fair project? The festival hosts a K-8 Science Fair Project Exposition! Visit our Student Page for registration and more.
Poster Competition: The festival boasts a poster competition for high school students, K-12 teachers, undergraduate students and graduate students/post-doctoral fellows. Visit our Student Page for registration and more.
School/Group Exhibits: Regional school groups can present innovative projects that they have been working on throughout the previous school year. These exhibits should be presented by students (with guidance from their teacher/school staff) and represent either in-school or out-of-the classroom projects. All school/student group exhibits will be eligible to compete for special classroom grants. Visit our Student Page for registration and more.
Partnering Organizations and Festival Planning Committee Representatives Include: SD BioTech Association, Black Hills State University, Dakota Sciences, Dakota State University, University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine, SD EPSCoR, The Inspire Innovation Lab, Washington Pavilion, Sanford Underground Research Facility, Great Plains Girls Collaborative, Augustana University, SD Department of Education, SD Area Health Education Center, SD School of Mines & Technology, Sanford Research, Southeast Technical Institute, South Dakota State University, and SD EPSCoR. If you are interested in joining the planning committee please send an email to ScienceFestival@sanfordhealth.org.
Frequent Festival Questions:
What age groups should attend the festival?
The festival includes a wide variety of activities, talks, exhibits and demonstrations that appeal to all age groups. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring their families to participate. For updates on the exhibits and stage performances at the festival visit: Festival Highlights
Is there a charge?
Because the It’s All About Science Festival has so many great sponsors, we are able to bring this event to our community free of charge.
Do exhibitors pay to participate?
The It’s All About Science Festival is free for all participants and thanks to our sponsors the venue, rentals, and other exhibitor support is available at no cost to exhibitors.
Are there food vendors at the festival?
Yes, several food vendors participate in the festival so that you can buy beverages, snacks and lunch throughout the day. If you are a food vendor and would like to participate, visit Exhibitor Resources for contact information.
Where is the event held?
The festival is held at the Sanford Center which includes Sanford Research and also serves as Sanford Health’s corporate headquarters. The address is 2301 E. 60th Street N., Sioux Falls, SD.
- From I-229: Take the Benson Rd exit –> left on Benson to Lewis Ave –> take a right onto N Lewis Ave and follow until it dead ends at 60th St. The Sanford Center is on your right.
- From I-29: Take the 60th St. exit and proceed 3.8 miles to the Sanford Center.
How can I participate in a poster competition?
Regional K-12 educators, high schools students, undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are actively conducting research are encouraged to participate in the poster competition. The form is available in the Students/Teachers tab and more details on fellowships and grants awarded during the poster competition can be found on the application form. In addition we’ve made a special Poster Session FAQ’s resource.
Can schools participate with an exhibit?
Regional school groups can present innovative projects that they have been working on throughout the previous school year. These exhibits should be presented by students (with guidance from their teacher/school staff) and represent either in-school or out-of-the classroom projects. All school group exhibits will be eligible to compete for special classroom grants. First prize is $750 and second prize is $500. Please note that multiple requests can be submitted from one school/student group – but a separate application must be completed for each. Upon review and selection, you will be notified and will receive further information at that time. Applications available on the Students/Teachers tab.
Need more information about the festival? Please feel free to email us.