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What is the St. Petersburg Science Festival Sneak Peek School Day?

The St. Petersburg Science Festival (SPSF) Sneak Peek School Day is a free event for teachers and students in 4th and 5th grades to celebrate science and experience the wonders of STEAM during a preview of the 5th Annual St. Petersburg Science Festival. Students will begin the two and a half hour field trip with an interactive science presentation by Mad Science. Then students will break up into groups of 10-15 students with a docent and experience 6 different 15-minute science activities.

How do I sign up?

Registration for the 2017 Sneak Peek School Day is now full and closed.  


When is the Sneak Peek School Day?

St. Petersburg Science Festival Sneak Peek School Day will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017, from 9 am – 2:30 pm. Teachers from participating schools select a 2 ½ hour time slot in the second step of the online registration process. Teachers should indicate their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices on the registration form. Time slots are:

9:00 am - 11:30 am
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Where is it and how do I get there?

The festival will take place on the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus and Poynter Park, along Bayboro Waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg. Student arrival will be on 2nd Street South and 6th Avenue South, across from the University Student Center.

Who is organizing this event?

The St. Petersburg Science Festival is a grassroots community festival led by the St. Pete Ocean Team, a consortium of science organizations in St. Petersburg including USF St. Petersburg, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA, U.S. Geological Survey, Secrets of the Sea Aquarium, Eckerd College, and the City of St. Petersburg. The planning committee includes faculty and staff from major academic centers, government agencies, leading research organizations, cutting edge high technology corporations, museums, environmental outreach organizations, and students, all of whom are involved in planning, organizing, and executing all the functions that go into putting on a public science event.

Sponsors from throughout the community, many of them collaborators, have provided funding for the science festival.

What science topics will be demonstrated in each exhibit?

Students will experience a diverse array of hands-on, interactive STEM activities, from physical and environmental science such as Florida water resources, climate and weather, and coastal erosion, to life sciences, with fisheries and coral reefs, to robotics and more! The select group of exhibits available on Friday, October 21, will be tied to Florida science and math standards.

Is there an admission fee?

The science festival is free. However, teachers and schools must arrange for transportation and bring their own food and drinks. Water stations will be available.

Is this school day MarineQuest?

No, the Sneak Peek School Day is a separate event from MarineQuest with separate registration and different exhibits and activities.


Please contact Allison Garret with any further questions:, 727-551-5750






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