On Friday, September 25, 2015, The Virginia Science Festival visited the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital in Roanoke. On this page are images of the kids as they were introduced to Jefferson and as they checked out our Operating Room Simulation Suites, Biomedical Sciences Labs and Emergency Services Labs.
What is the Virginia Science Festival?
The Virginia Science Festival: Imagination to Innovation brings together the worlds of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Organized by the Science Museum of Western Virginia and Virginia Tech, the Virginia Science Festival runs September 25 through October 30, 2015. The honorary co-chairs of the event are U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.
Thousands of families will come face-to-face with amazing research and technical achievements from Virginia’s educational, non-profit and for-profit institutions, and enjoy hands-on experiences designed to inspire all ages about the wonders of science.
In 2013, the Science Museum of Western Virginia was one of only 12 recipients nationwide chosen by Science Festival Alliance to receive a $10,000 grant to help bring the festival to life. Based in Cambridge, Mass., Science Festival Alliance provides funding to help start science festivals via the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which was established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and CEO of General Motors, to support education in STEM and economic performance.
The goal of the Virginia Science Festival is to fascinate families from all over the Commonwealth and provide hands-on, interactive inspiration at a time when STEM careers offer the most opportunity for future employment, social and financial advancement.
For 2015, the Virginia Science Festival features a full month dedicated to STEM events happening around Virginia. Our goal is to provide families from around the commonwealth hands-on experiences, live performances, interactive demonstrations and techno entertainment that will inspire a wonder in science for all ages.