What is Science-A-Thon?
Science-A-Thon is a five-day social media celebration of science, engineering, technology, and math – widely known as STEM! The goal of Science-A-Thon is to increase visibility of science and the important role it plays in the world. Anyone who advances scientific knowledge or applies science to solve problems is welcome to participate – from mathematicians and engineers, to doctors and industry researchers and developers.
Where is Science-A-Thon?
While the idea for this event sprouted in Madison, Wisconsin, it has quickly taken off on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and is now celebrated on social media all over the world! Science-A-Thon is not an in-person event, so anyone and everyone can join. All participants will be mailed a registration package that includes a t-shirt and other science-y swag.
Who can participate in Science-A-Thon?
Anyone 18 or older is welcome to participate. We also welcome students and members of the public to spend the day connecting with science. Whether you define yourself as a scientist every day or just want to join in for the day, we are excited to see you doing science!
Where do Science-A-Thon proceeds go?
This annual event is a project of the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting the scientists of today and welcoming the scientists of tomorrow. All donations made to Science-A-Thon are fully tax-deductible. Funds raised from Science-A-Thon 2020 will support current and future initiatives of Science-A-Thon and ESWN.
What if I don't have a public social media account?
It’s free and easy to set up Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! If you don’t want to create a new account, there are other options:
1. Share your day through Snapchat, email, or any other social network.
2. Send us your posts (either prior to the event or throughout the week), and we will post them through the Science-A-Thon social media feeds.
Note: By sending your posts, you agree that these materials can be used in promotional activities of Science-A-Thon.
When should I participate?
Science-A-Thon takes place during the third week of October each year. Science-A-Thon is five days long to allow flexibility for participants and broader community engagement. You are welcome to share a few photos a day, lots of photos in a single day, or engage in whatever way fits your goals and schedule. Each day of the week will have an optional focus based on fields in and around science.
I want to participate, but I'm not able to during the week of Science-A-Thon... Can I still participate?
Yes! You can take pictures from another day before the start of Science-A-Thon and share with #scienceathon and #dayofscience through social media! This will help us boost awareness of #scienceathon leading up to the event — even people who will be online during the week of Science-A-Thon are welcome and encouraged to join in early!
Why does Science-A-Thon take place in October?
Science-A-Thon takes place in October to better connect to students and teachers in a way that will increase the relevance of Science-A-Thon. The move now corresponds with Earth Science Week, which fits our role as a fundraiser and promoter of women in STEM.
Can I participate without registering?
Only registered Science-A-Thon participants (Standard, Champion, and Laureate) will be listed on our website and promoted in our outreach material and media engagement. We encourage everyone to register so we can give you the credit you deserve! Registered participants will also receive complimentary Science-A-Thon t-shirts.
We encourage scientists and science supporters to show your science love every day of the year, whether or not you’re participating in Science-A-Thon!
Who is running Science-A-Thon?
Dr. Tracey Holloway is the Chair of Science-A-Thon and is the designated contact for media and corporate inquiries. Tracey is a scientist and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working to connect satellites and computer models with air quality and energy.
How is Science-A-Thon supported?
Science-A-Thon is supported by our generous sponsors. Science-A-Thon is looking for corporate sponsors and private donors to ensure this exciting event is a success. Click here for more information on sponsorship.
Can my entire lab group register for Science-A-thon?
Yes! To register your lab group for Science-A-Thon, a representative of your organization may purchase multiple tickets and pay using a single credit card or PayPal account during the payment step of registration. One of our Science-A-Thon Leadership Team members will follow up with your organization's representative to get the names, t-shirt sizes, mailing addresses, and other registration information for each member of your group.
Science-A-Thon presents opportunities for your organization to promote your work by featuring members on social media, foster team building opportunities within your organization, and support a high-impact, international event focused on diversity and inclusion in STEM. If you or other scientists in your lab group tag Science-A-Thon in your #dayofscience tweets, we are happy to retweet those posts to help build awareness of your group's great work. If you let us know what other participants are associated with your organization, we’d also be happy to promote you all as a group through our daily participant social media spotlights.