UPDATED January 15, 2019

A wonderful opportunity to consider!

Scifest 2019 – Sciday and PiRun Registrations open 1/15, 
Poetry Jam! entries due soon, and more…

  • ONE MONTH until the deadline for submissions: Our Poetry Jam! Science and math-based poetry competition is open now for all children K-12 grade. Over $1400 in prizes will be awarded to kids AND teachers! Teachers are encouraged to do this with your class, and can submit for the whole class. Class and individual submissions are due FEB 15!
  • Registration opens every year on 1/15 and is limited for Science Day and Little Science Day – important this year: when you register, please use the full website at brownpapertickets (links from scifest website), and not the mobile website. If you use the mobile website, it will not collect all the necessary information.
  • We are really excited to announce that our keynote speaker/performer this year will be Dr. Robert J. Lang, scientist and world leading master of the art of origami. Free and open to the public.
  • Our Pi Run is a free 5K funrun open to all, and it has free t-shirts and free pie! Registration is required (please use full website, not mobile website, to register).
  • Tons of other events for all ages – including a MAKER FAIRE by Vector Space – are free and open to the public, not requiring registration.


As of Dec. 7, 2018

The gifted department is pleased to pass along a unique opportunity that might be especially of interest to your child. The Virginia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is offering a summer opportunity to become a mentor in the field of fisheries science and aquatic resource management. Please read more below to learn about the Junior Fish Biologist Scholarship.

From their own materials….

“The goal of the Virginia Junior Fisheries Biologist Program is to provide practical field experience to students with interest in pursuing careers in fisheries science and aquatic resource management. Students are paired with a fisheries mentor from their local area to gain hands-on experience and to plan and execute a fisheries-related project.

We are seeking motivated students that are available to participate full-time (32-40 hours per week) for at least 8 weeks during summer break. Students are provided with a scholarship, not to exceed $3,000, to be paid in three equal installments over the term of their participation, with the final installment paid after successful completion of their project. Application to the program is open to current 11th- and 12th-grade high school, community college, and four-year college students regardless of race, creed, sex, or economic background. Because a goal of the program is to increase diversity within the fisheries professions, groups underrepresented in our profession are especially encouraged to apply.

Information for prospective mentors also may be found by following the link. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted by December 31, 2017.  https://units.fisheries.org/va/

Since this is a program open to all students, please feel free to pass this along to any others you feel might be interested.