SciFest Schedule: 2023

Dates and Deadlines

Explore FIRST LEGO League Expo registration: Open, click this link for details.

(A smaller build challenge is also available this year).

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: Now full. We look forward to seeing everyone at SciFest!


Printable Fliers

2023 Science Festival

2023 Women in Science Panel

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, presented by The Al Stroobants Foundation

6:00 pm | Main Hall (Front Campus)| Sponsored by The Al Stroobants Foundation

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

United Bank Keynote Speaker: Greg Kennedy, Innovative Juggler

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

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, presented by United Bank

7:30 p.m. | Smith Hall Theater, Smith Building| Sponsored by United Bank

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.

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

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

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.

BWXT Women in Science Panel

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

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.

  • Dr. Mary Betteron (’81), Veterinarian, Brosville Animal Clinic, Danville, VA
  • Caitlin Jones (’17), Senior Climate and Energy Resilience Analyst with Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Washington, D.C.
  • Mehgan McCrickard (’03), Chief Operating Officer, Johnson Health Center, Madison Heights, VA


See our 2023 Women in Science Panel flier here!


  • 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.

Poetry submissions for 2023 are now closed! We look forward to seeing finalists at the Science Festival. Learn more about the SciFest Poetry Jam.

Poetry Jam Finalists for 2023 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: Wakanda Forever

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

Join us to watch Wakanda Forever with the live commentary of one of our mathematics faculty, Dr. Marc Ordower. 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.

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
with Hands-On Science Exhibitions presented by The Al Stroobants Foundation

11:00 am -4:00 pm | Main Hall, Front Campus | Sponsored by The Al Stroobants Foundation

The Lynchburg Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, the Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, and projects. Activities are appropriate for all ages. A map of the event, list of Makers, and full schedule of events is coming soon! Check out all of the awesome makers that are attending here:


No registration is needed, but signing up here  will help us gauge how many people will be coming and will enter you to win a Brother SE400 Sewing & Embroidery machine! Both pre-event and on-site registration will qualify as entries. Limit one entry per household. Drawing will be made at the event on March 26. Registered persons must attend the Faire to be eligible to win.



In addition to the Maker Faire, hands-on science exhibitions provided by the Randolph College Society of Physics Students will also be present! From non-Newtonian fluid to campus sustainability, we look forward to seeing everyone during Sunday activities!


A map of all activities will soon be hosted at Feel free to see this old map for past activities in the meantime!  (2022 MakerFaireMap)



Smash @ SciFest

11:00 am start | Martin RM 320

Welcome gamers of all levels to a Round Robin mini tournament hosted by the Randolph College Esports Team at Scifest! Try to conquer your pool of smashers for chances at amazing prizes! Please bring your own controller but we will have limited controllers available at the event. Will also have limited setups but feel free to bring your own as we will have space for additional switches. Event will take place on the first floor of the Martin Science building. Additional parking available behind the Martin Building.

SciFest FIRST LEGO League Explore Build Challenge Expo

12:30 pm – 4:00 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: 2023 printable brochure

2023 Sponsors and Friends

Thank you!

Marie Curie Sponsors ($5000 and above)

Bill A. Stuart II – United Bank – The Al Stroobants Foundation – The Athena Fund

Albert Einstein Sponsors ($2500-$4999)


Isaac Newton Sponsors ($1000-$2499)

Framatome (AREVA) – Watts Petroleum – CapTrust Community Foundation – Jamerson-Lewis Construction – High Peak Sportswear – Vector Space

Rosalind Franklin Sponsors ($500-$999)

Peery and Woolwine Family Dentistry – Fleet Labs – Wiley | Wilson – Dodson Bros. Exterminating – Givens Books & Little Dickens – McGriff Insurance Services – Member One Federal Credit Union

Friends ($50-$499)

N.B. Handy Company – Catherine Tucker-Slaterbeck – Architectural Partners – Catherine Mosley – Kacey Meaker 08′ – Coleman-Adams Construction, Inc. – Campbell Insurance – Frito Lay – The Virginian Hotel – Karen Campbell