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Jacksonville Science Festival

In 2012 TFA founder Nadia Hionides extended the teaching and learning philosophy of The Foundation Academy to embrace every K-12 student in every Jacksonville school by founding a project inquiry based event now known as the Annual Jacksonville Science Festival (JaxSciFest). The city-wide festival presents the community with a unique opportunity of information sharing, learning, and experiences within and among different fields of S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.) while it also promotes equity and justice in education, local economic development, and science literacy.

With the support of the City of Jacksonville, local colleges and universities, state agencies and industry experts, public, private, charter and homeschool groups and other educational organizations, we are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Jacksonville Science Festival will be held March 6, 7, & 8, 2014. The event will be held at the 23 acre campus of The Foundation Academy on March 6th & 7th. It will move out into the city on Saturday, March 8th and be featured in partnership with Museum of Science & History, Jacksonville University, Hemming Plaza, Friendship Park, and Jacksonville Main Public Library.

Feb 5th – Deadline for student exhibit applications and project abstracts

Feb 12th – Deadline for A capella student choral ensemble application or other K-12 performing art applications

Feb 14th – Deadline for K-12 Student Art Contest Entries

For more information and application information access the links at the bottom of this page or visit www.JacksonvilleScienceFestival.com

City-wide science festivals can be found in many other major cities and primarily differ from science fairs in that they are community based and draw community involvement to increase community engagement and awareness in science related fields. Our festival is one of only a few that encompasses the arts with the well-known STEM elements making the festival focus one that is “STEAM” driven. Another area in which the JSF differs is that the majority of exhibits are student-developed/student-led. K-12 students in our city partner with industry experts or field-related college students to brainstorm, research, develop and present an interactive exhibit to festival-goers at one of the six festival locations around the city. For more information on city-wide science festivals visit www.ScienceFestivals.org or review the New York Times Science article by Karen Weintraub, “A Celebration of Science With a Popular Touch” (April 9, 2012).

K-12 Student Exhibit Application     K-12 Student Art Contest Info & Entry Form

K-12 Student A Capella Choral Performance Application

K-12 Student Performance Arts Application



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