WestFest 2021 Calendar

Ohio State University’s West Campus Science & Sustainability Festival

WestFest 2021 is 100% virtual – 100% free – 100% fun!

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WestFest is an annual public engagement event that highlights STEM research, sustainability initiatives and outreach programs at The Ohio State University and beyond. WestFest brings together STEM units from across campus and select community partners to present family-friendly activities. The event is funded by the Ohio State Energy Partners, and is organized through the volunteer efforts of the WestFest Planning Committee.

WestFest 2021 will run from Monday, October 11th through Saturday, October 16th. This weeklong event will feature more than 20 live, virtual programs for all ages, as well as a variety of fun, educational videos from Ohio State and community partners. From automobiles to ants, waste to water, Moana to math…we’ve got STEM covered!

Questions? Contact westfest@osu.edu

WestFest 2021 Features and Events

Digital Event Passport and Prizes

Take-Home Activity Kits

WestFest Anytime – STEM programs on demand

Live Virtual WestFest Programs

See the program schedule in calendar view or below it as a list. Click on the calendar boxes for more details about the live, virtual programs. All programs are free, but registration is required. Click on the name of the program to get to the registration page. The registration link can also be found in the event details in the calendar. Questions? Contact westfest@osu.edu

MONDAY, 10/11/21

11:00-11:30 a.m. – Where Your Waste Goes When It Leaves the Curb, presented by SWACO

12:00-12:45 p.m. – Pollinators, presented by the Franklin Park Conservatory

2:00-3:00 p.m. – The Future of Mobility: Partnerships to Safety and Sustainability, presented by CAR

4:00-5:00 p.m. – The Hunt for Other Worlds & Life in the Universe with Dr. Scott Gaudi, presented by the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Society

5:30-6:00 p.m. – Emerging Infectious Disease Ecology Lab, presented by Center for Applied Plant Sciences & Department of Plant Pathology

TUESDAY, 10/12/21

8:00-9:30 a.m. – Growing the Future of Agriculture: Conversations with Black Farmers and Educators, presented by the Environmental Professionals Network

10:00-11:00 a.m.Herpetology, presented by Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab

2:30-3:00 p.m. – Campus Energy, presented by ENGIE

4:30-5:00 p.m. – Water, Climate, Conservation, presented by Columbus GreenSpot

6:00-7:00 p.m. – Virtual Tour of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC), presented by BPCRC

WEDNESDAY, 10/13/21

9:30-10:30 a.m. – Pollinators & People: How you can protect butterflies, bees, and more!, presented by the Sustainability Institute

4:30-5:15 p.m. – Keep It Cool! design/build challenge, presented by Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

6:00-7:00 p.m. – Monthly Movie Night: Moana & a sing-a-long, presented by Department of Astronomy & the Arne Slettebak Planetarium

7:30-8:30 p.m. – A Movie on a Higher Dimension: Flatland, presented by Buckeye Aha! Math Moments

THURSDAY, 10/14/21

3:30-4:15 p.m. – Nanofabrication in a Class 100 Cleanroom, presented by Nanotech West Labs

5:00-5:45 p.m. – Treemendous Benefits of Trees, presented by the Department of Plant Pathology

6:30-7:15 p.m. – Virtual Tour of the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center (ABRC), presented by ABRC

FRIDAY, 10/15/21

1:00-1:45 p.m. – Discover Water, presented by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Education

3:00-3:45 p.m. – Magnificent Magnetism, presented by Scientific Thinkers STEM Outreach

4:30-5:30 p.m. – Follow Along Pharmacy: Let’s Mix it Up!, presented by the College of Pharmacy

SATURDAY, 10/16/21

11:00-11:30 a.m. – Where Your Waste Goes When It Leaves the Curb, presented by SWACO

12:00-1:00 p.m. – Safari Magic Trick, presented by Buckeye Aha! Math Moments

2:00-2:45 p.m. – Kitchen Science: DNA from Applesauce, presented by Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center & Center for Applied Plant Sciences

3:00-3:45 p.m. – Fantastic Ants and Where to Find Them, presented by the Adams Lab at the Museum of Biological Diversity

4:30-5:30 p.m. – Ink Experiments with Dr. O’Brien, presented by The STEAM Factory

Additional Information

Learn more about WestFest Partners.

Are you a WestFest partner? Check out the WestFest Partner FAQ.

Live captioning will be provided for all virtual WestFest events. If you require additional accommodations, such as interpretation, to participate in this event please contact us at westfest@osu.edu. Requests made two weeks in advance of the program of interest will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.




WestFest would like to thank the Ohio State Energy Partners for their generous funding of the event.