SciFest Schedule: 2023

Dates and Deadlines

Explore FIRST LEGO League Expo registration: Open, see below for details.

(A smaller build challenge will also be available this year. Check back in February for more information).

Pi Run registration opens: January 15, 2023 – limited to first 300

Poetry Jam submissions: Accepted year-round with a 2023 deadline of February 24

SciFest STAR teacher award nominations: Accepted year-round with a 2023 deadline of March 17

Science Day for 3rd-6th Graders registration opens: January 15, 2023 – limited to first 400

Science Day for Little Scientists registration opens: January 15, 2023 – limited to first 300


Printable Fliers

2023 General Schedule

2023 Poetry Jam Competition

2023 STAR Teach Award


The Randolph College Society of Physics Students is proud to announce the annual Randolph College Science Festival (SciFest)! The event started as a science day for kids in 2005 and expanded to a full festival in 2009. Today, we are joined by science, humanities, and arts departments across campus as well as numerous presenters and outside vendors to create a weekend of activities for all.

If you would like to receive information and updates about the 2023 SciFest and future events, please email with the subject line “mailing list.” Or, stay updated by “Liking” the I Love Randolph Science Facebook page.


Please note that the following are public events, and sponsoring organizations or the public may be taking pictures or recording video footage. By participating in these events, you (or, for students and other children under 18, your parent or guardian) consent to the capture and/or use of your (or your child’s) image and/or voice by Randolph College and waive any claims or rights, whether in law or in equity.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Pi Run

6:00 pm | Main Hall (Front Campus)

Learn more about the SciFest Pi Run at this link. This year, the event is in-person, but there is a virtual option for alumnae/alumni who are not local to the College.

Thursday, March 23, 2023 thru SciFest weekend

Chick Cam

Watch the chicks hatch over SciFest weekend!

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Physics Phest Quiz Bowl


The Physics Phest Quiz Bowl is sponsored by the Meggers Fund from the American Institute of Physics. The competition is for high school students, but the public is invited to watch the live question and answer rounds! Depending on how many register, high school students will compete individually or in teams of up to four. Individual high school students or teams should register at link provided. For more information, please visit

Keynote Speaker: Greg Kennedy, Innovative Juggler

6:45 reception – 7:30 p.m. event | Smith Hall Theater, Smith Building

We are so excited to invite innovative juggler, Greg Kennedy, back to the Science Festival! Greg Kennedy is a professional performing artist and scientist – combining his love of juggling with his engineering background. Greg has toured with Cirque du Soleil, been featured on the Discovery Channel, received awards for his juggling technique, and is well known within the science and arts communities. We look forward to having him here!

Please join us for a reception with refreshments at 6:45 pm: Join Randolph College faculty, staff, and students to learn more about the SUPER program and ways that local professionals can be involved in inspiring the next generation of scientists. Faculty and staff will be on hand to talk about opportunities to work with the SUPER program including serving as an industry mentor to a student or promoting jobs and internships with your company. While we would like to invite potential mentors to the reception, it is also open to all the public! Keynote Speaker Details.

  • Audience: This event is open to the public.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Registration: Registration/tickets are not required.

Science Teacher Award

7:30 p.m. | Wimberly Recital Hall, Presser Building

At the opening keynote event, we will award the 2023 Scifest STAR – the regional, high school science teacher award! We invite anyone to nominate a teacher, or to self-nominate, it does take a small effort to gather some documentation, the nomination process is described at this link.

Friday, March 24, 2023

Alumni Career Lunch

12:20-1:05 | Darden One, Cheatham Dining Area

Join our science alums for an informal lunch.

  • Audience: This event is open to the public.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Registration: Registration/tickets are not required.

Women in Science Panel Reception & Center for Student Research Open House

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. | Center for Student Research, Main 137 

Visit the Center for Student Research, the hub for student research and creative endeavors in all subjects, not just science. Drop by to see our space, to see displays of student research, and to meet the Women in Science panelists. Refreshments will be served.

  • Audience: This event is open to the public.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Registration: Registration/tickets are not required.

Women in Science Panel sponsored by BWXT

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Nichols Theatre, Student Center

We are proud of our alumnae! Learn how they have succeeded in their fields. Please join us if you’re interested in hearing from successful women scientists, but especially if you are considering going into a career related to science.

2022 WIS Panel flier

  • Audience: This event is open to the public.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Registration: Registration/tickets are not required.

Poetry Jam Reading and Awards Ceremony

6 – 7:30 p.m. | Wimberly Recital Hall, Presser Building

Please join us for the reception, awards, and reading of all SciFest Poetry Jam finalists. Refreshments will be served.

K-12 students may submit a poem any time from now until midnight February 24, 2023. Learn more about the SciFest Poetry Jam.

Poetry Jam Finalists and Winners for 2022 are Announced at this link! Finalists are invited to read your poem at this event. All are invited to join us for the poetry reading. All finalists receive a t-shirt, and three winners from each grade category (primary, elementary, middle, high) will be announced. Congratulations to all who submitted a poem!

A Scientist Goes to the Movies: TBA

8 – 10:30 p.m.| Nichols Theatre, Student Center

Join us to watch a film (TBA) with the live commentary of one of our science faculty. Free popcorn for all!

  • Audience: This event is open to the public.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Registration: Registration/tickets are not required.

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Science Day for 3rd-6th Graders

11:45-4:00 | Athletic Center, Norfolk Avenue

For children in grades 3-6, a parent, guardian, or responsible adult must be present for individual or group of children. Requires pre-registration, please follow this link for details: SciFest Science Day for 3rd-6th Graders.

Science Day for Little Scientists

12:00-1:00, 1:00-2:00, 2:00-3:00, 3:00-4:00 | Nursery School, Randolph Campus

For children ages 3-7, child must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult at all times. Requires pre-registration, please follow this link for details: Science Day for Little Scientists.

  • Audience: This event is open to children ages 3-7.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Registration: Limited to the first 300 (75 each hour, you need to register for a particular hour), please register at starting on January 15, 2023.
  • COVID-19 Policy: Masks may be required depending on our Nursery School’s COVID policies. We will update here if they are needed.

Smash @ SciFest

4:00 pm start | Hampson Commons, Main Hall

Welcome gamers of all levels to a double elimination Smash Bros. tournament hosted by Randolph Esports and Lynchburg Smash! Prizing for top 8 with top 16 making it to grand finals with an accompanying livestream. Please bring your own controller but we will have limited controllers available at the event.

Please pre-register to participate in this event! (Please check here in the future for a registration link). Observers are welcome.

Glow Stick Star Party

8:30-10:00 pm | Winfree Observatory

Come view the heavens! Refreshments will be served, and glow sticks will be available for all.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Maker Faire of Lynchburg

11:00 am -4:00 pm | Main Hall, Front Campus

Stay tuned here for more information on this year’s Lynchburg Maker Faire! Below is a map from last year showcasing some of the activities.

2022 MakerFaireMap

Robocode Programming Competition: Build the Best, Destroy the Rest

10:00 am – noon | Room 138, Main Hall

High school students/teams are invited to develop a robot battle tank against other tanks using programming in Java. The robot battles will happen on-screen, and the top three winners will be awarded.

Pre-registration is required for high school student participation, please email to register or for more information. Watch this space for more information.

Sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).

  • Audience: This event is open to high school students for participation, or to anyone just to watch!
  • Cost: Free to register teams/individuals.
  • Registration: Free! E-mail

SciFest FIRST LEGO League Explore Build Challenge Expo

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Smith Building

This year, Randolph College will be offering two LEGO® competitions –the traditional FIRST® LEGO® League Explore projects and a smaller building challenge using kits provided by Randolph (similar to the contests in 2021 and 2022). You can learn more about the FIRST® LEGO® League Explore competition on this page. We will post details about the smaller building challenge in February.
  • Audience: Registration is open to elementary school teams and individuals. All participants are welcome to join the competition on the day of the event.
  • Cost: The Expo is free to registrants and observers, but teams will need to register with FIRST to purchase challenge materials. See here for more details. Our optional smaller build challenge is free to registrants and observers, and we will cover cost of materials.
  • Registration: Please see instructions here. Deadline for Expo Registration is March 17th. Deadline for Randolph Scholarships is February 28, 2023. Deadline for smaller build challenge is TBA. Email if there are further questions.

Science + Art Saturdays Reception

2:00-2:30 pm | Martin Science Building, Room 415

Attend the Science + Art Saturdays 2023 Randolph Scholars awards ceremony. Come if you’ve attended any Science + Art Saturdays event, or if you are curious to learn about the program. Learn more about Science + Art Saturdays.
  • Audience: This event is open to the public.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Registration: Registration/tickets are not required.

Flier: 2022 printable brochure

2023 Sponsors and Friends

Thank you!

Marie Curie Sponsors ($5000 and above)


Albert Einstein Sponsors ($2500-$4999)


Isaac Newton Sponsors ($1000-$2499)

Framatome – Watts Petroleum

Rosalind Franklin Sponsors ($500-$999)

Peery and Woolwine Family Dentistry – Fleet Labs

Friends ($50-$499)

Anonymous Employee Gift – N.B. Handy Company – Catherine Tucker-Slaterbeck – Virginian Hotel