Festival 411

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Who participates in the festival?

The Festival is geared toward families, K-12 students and life long learners of all ages. However, a number of participants of all ages and backgrounds in festival activities. Scientists, engineers, educators and people who are just plain curious about the exciting world of science and engineering can be found at each of our events!

More than 10,000 people attended Los Alamos ScienceFest.

The Los Alamos Science Festival continues to prove year after year that children, families and adults want to engaged in the wonders of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and art.

Will you be providing tablecloths or skirting for the tables?

You will need to bring your own table covers

Who organizes the Festival?

The Los Alamos Science Festival is produced by the Los Alamos MainStreet in  partnership with many community organizations such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos creative District an Los Alamos county just to name a few. More than 200 volunteers and a core team of community leaders in science, history, marketing, education and the arts, along with several panels of advisors, manage the execution of the Festival.

How many people participate in the Festival?

More than 2,500 people have attended Festival in the past.

How much does it cost to participate in the Festival?

We are so excited about this one! It is our goal to keep the Los Alamos ScienceFest free. Currently, Festival Day is a 100% free event for kids and families, and we are working hard to keep it that way.

In addition, most of our ScienceFest Week events are also free – only a handful of museums and other facilities require a nominal admission fee.

As you might imagine, keeping an event free to the public is a significant undertaking. To that end, we solicit the support of generous sponsors. Please let them know you appreciate their commitment to expanding the role of science in the lives of students and families.

Will you be providing extension cords and power strips?

If you need electricity, you will need to bring your own distribution for power. We will give you one circuit – usually 20 amps – and it is your responsibility this distribute this power to your various items.  Please remember: you will only have 20 amps and you can’t go over this amount or it will trip the circuit. Also, please think about your power distribution methods in terms of safety. You should be using extension cords and/or power strips that are meant for the type of items that you are plugging in.

My space doesn’t have a tent. Can I bring my own?

Sorry, but no. If you have been assigned a space with no tent, it will be clearly marked on your confirmation notice. This means that you are located in an area that is covered.

Can I set things up outside of my 10X10 (or 10X20) footprint?

Usually all groups need to set up inside their allotted space only. Setting up outside of your space will mean that you are infringing on another group or impeding a pathway. The size requirements you provide must include the entire space you need. Contact Suzette Fox at 661-4844 to determine your options.

What should I bring to the event?
  • Gaffer’s tape (like duct tape, only low-residue) *please remember that you are NOT allowed to adhere anything to any structure at Ashley Pond. Tape can be used to adhere things to tents, tables, chairs and any structure that you bring with you.
  • Scissors
  • Zip Ties
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sun block, sun glasses, a hat
  • Paper towels (or a clean rag)
  • Table cloths (or vinyl quick covers – you can get them at places like Party City)
  • Power strip/extension cords if electricity is needed.
  • A dolly
  • A step stool if you need to hang banners
My group is going to have a give-away. How many should we bring? Are there any restrictions?

Everybody loves a free gift! The feedback we have received is that how many to bring depends on how many kids can participate in you r activity as well as how popular the activity is. Can you do 300 interactions per hour or only 3?  Most groups find that 2,000-3,000 items are plenty. There are however, some restrictions on what you can bring – please do not give-away stickers, food (yes, candy and gum counts as food) and do not give away pens, markers, or sharpened pencils.

I need to get water for my activity. Where can I get it?

You need to bring your own bucket or jug to carry water. It is very important that you dispose of all liquids in a safe manner – including “plain Water.” Please don’t dump any liquid (including plain water) into landscaping, gutters, tree wells, ground drains, storm drains, or, really, anywhere except an approved location.

Will you have dollies or carts available to move stuff to our booth.

If you have lots of materials and want to ensure in a speedy trip to your booth, I would recommend bringing your own dolly to aid in the load in.

How do Sponsors benefit from participating in the Festival?

We’re glad you asked. We take support very seriously, and spend a great deal of time evaluating outcomes for Exhibitors, Event Hosts and Sponsors. Our goal is to continually improve participation outcomes for Sponsors and Exhibitors, and we are exceeding that goal each year.

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