About & FAQ’s



The 8th Annual It’s All About Science Festival was held on April 4, 2020 at the Sanford Center from 9 am – 3 pm. 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 40 hands-on activities, demonstrations and exhibits from student groups, educators, and STEM industries, in addition to high-caliber performances.

Exhibitors showcase the STEM associated with their industry, company, organization, profession, and products. Visit our Exhibitor 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.


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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?kid3
The festival is held at the Elmen Center Gym on the Augustana University Campus. The address it 2505 S Grange Ave, Sioux Falls, S.D. 57197. Please enter through the main doors.

Need more information about the festival?  Please feel free to email us.