First Science In Vivo Teams Announced

Ben Wiehe - Sunday, May 27th, 2018



Results are in from the first Call for Applications: The Science Festival Alliance has just named the first 11 teams selected by competitive application to participate in the Science In Vivo project. These teams will each be exploring what is possible when science experiences for the public are integrated into existing cultural gatherings.

There are two categories of teams. Experimental Sites are trying something—a new kind of activity, a new setting, a new audience—for the first time. Digging Deeper Sites build on experiments that have already been run and use the approach of “going where the people are” to build deeper ongoing relationship with communities and audiences. (Read more about the Science In Vivo project).

The next Science In Vivo Call for Participation closes on June 18, 2018. So look out for announcements about new teams, and keep an eye on these upcoming projects by subscribing to the Science Festival Alliance newsletter and following us @ScienceFests.

(photo: Science Day at the Ballpark: An example of “going where the people are.”)


Digging Deeper Sites

Pop-up STEAM Gallery
Ongoing in Philadelphia, PA: The Franklin Institute
The Pop-up STEAM Gallery project will bring interactive installations joining science with art, and originally commissioned for the Philadelphia Science Festival, to other public events throughout the year.

Science Haven
Ongoing in New Haven, CT: Yale Student Science Diplomats
Science Haven seeks to make science an intrinsic part of the fabric of New Haven’s diverse communities through an involved process of integrating neighborhood science ambassadors into community meetings to foster Science In Vivo activity.

Talk Nature With Me
Ongoing in Florida: University of Florida
The Talk Nature With Me project will work with the Florida Master Naturalists to build on an existing program that sends scientists in pairs into public spaces (such as bars, coffeehouses, libraries, and laundromats) for casual conversations with patrons.


Experimental Sites

The Seven Bridges of Königsberg
Ongoing in Atlanta: Georgia Tech
The Seven Bridges of Königsberg will pop-up at public locations, including transit stations and parks, to blend contemporary dance, visual art, live music, and storytelling into a brief performance based on a classic mathematical puzzle.

WOW! It’s Science
At Multiple Sites in Boulder County, CO: WOW! Children’s Museum
The WOW! It’s Science project will use outreach appearances at several existing festivals and community events to more deeply engage with the Spanish-speaking population.

Pedaling Science Fun
Summer of 2019 in Wilmington and the Outer Banks, NC: Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
Pedaling Science Fun will target a wide variety of outdoor locations (such as Wilmington’s Riverwalk and the Carolina Beach Board Walk) with a mobile cargo tricycle stocked with science-based activities.

Creating a Flint Hills Fandom
Fall of 2018 in Manhattan, KS: Flint Hills Discovery Center
Interactive outreach during tailgating celebrations before Kansas State home football games will create a Flint Hills Fandom dedicated to the largest remaining tallgrass prairie in North America.

The GLOWpod
September, 2018 and ongoing in New Mexico: University of New Mexico
The GLOWpod is an interactive, immersive, freestanding exhibit highlighting environmental science and technology designed to appear in an art festival first, before being installed at additional public events in New Mexico.

Tinkering and Drinkering
Ongoing in the vicinity of Durham, NC:  Museum of Life and Science
The Tinkering and Drinkering program will engage adults by bringing open-ended science tools and technology activities to bars in the vicinity of Durham, North Carolina.

Flagstaff’s Lunar Legacy
4th of July, 2019 in Flagstaff, AZ: Flagstaff Festival of Science
The Flagstaff’s Lunar Legacy project will collaborate with local high school robotics teams to create a moon buggy replica that will be showcased in Flagstaff’s large 4th of July parade to highlight Northern Arizona’s contributions to the Apollo 11 Moon landing and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic event.