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 teh Students/Teachers tab.
Need more information about the festival? Please feel free to email us or call: 605.312.6417.