Science Symposium: Grades 4 - 12

Science Symposium

Science Symposium

Grades 4 - 12

Program Package

VINS Science Educators work with students to define a community problem within the symposium area of focus, assist with locating resources, and support teachers through direct student instruction.

The VINS Science Educators partner with teachers to incorporate the Science Symposium into their science curriculum and they act as a resource for teachers in place-based learning and integration of the NGSS science standards.

Participation in the Science Symposium includes:

Registration for the Science Symposium

One planning meeting (either in person or virtual) with the classroom teacher

Two NGSS aligned, inquiry-based or virtual lessons focusing on the Symposium theme taught by a VINS Science Educator in collaboration with the classroom teacher

Opportunity to present findings to the community at the Science Symposium

Free Admission to VINS Nature Center for participating students, their families, and teachers on the day of the Symposium

2021 VINS Science Symposium

Tuesday, May 11 / 10am – 2pm
Theme: Habitat Protectors
Wednesday, May 12 / 10am – 2pm
Theme: Environmental Action and Crime
Thursday, May 13 / 10am – 2pm
Theme: Community Problem Solvers
Friday, May 14 / 10am - 2pm
Theme: Explorers Celebration
(Invitation only - participation in PD workshop in August 2020 mandatory to attend)

The VINS Science Symposium provides opportunities for students to complete scientific research, design solutions to solve a local problem, and present their findings to community members, educators, peers, and statewide stakeholders at a regional symposium.


VINS Science Educators provide teachers with resources and ongoing support needed to design and implement engaging science and engineering lessons aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.


The Science Symposium creates a deeper understanding and excitement for science, engineering, and the environment through a place-based community approach to education.

Bringing Natural Science Investigations to Your Community

Each VINS Science Educator has a Master of Education degree, is a Highly Qualified Teacher, and holds a teaching license in Vermont and New Hampshire.