Intent to Present

Applications for 2018 are closed. The guidelines below will be the basis for 2019 pitches.

There are forms for Friday Field Trip Day; workshops; forums & talks; hands on activities for Exploration Station (Saturday); and Tech Night. Scroll down to submit your proposal.

Our programming team will go through the submittals and the 2018 MSF programming will be set up based on their recommendations.

Questions about Intent to Present? Read the FAQs

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Forums & Talks

A forum is “a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged” and MSF forums are based around audience interaction with experts. Our forums generally include a panel of experts on a topic who will give an introduction to their work, followed by Q&A with the audience and other panelists. The science should be presented in a way that anyone who has taken high school science can understand it. Talks are essentially the same as forums, but presented by one person who then engages in moderated Q&A with the audience.

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Hands-On (Exploration Station)

Set up an activity where festival goers can walk up and dive into the science you’re presenting. The set up is similar to a vendor space at a conference.

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A set period of time where you present a topic and work through it (for example, nature illustration, minecraft workshop, cheese making). The festival goer often (but not always) ends the workshop with something they can take home.

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Tech Night

Focused on exploring cutting-edge software and web-based tools. Workshops, hands-on activities and forums are available; the audience is middle-school aged kids.

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Friday Field Trip Day – workshop or interactive presentation

Programming specifically for the middle school field trip day.

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Friday Field Trip Day – hands-on (Cool Science)

Hands-on programming specifically for the middle school field trip day.

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