Mark your calendars for a new 2020 date - Saturday, January 25, 2020!

The 12th annual Da Vinci Fest gets underway a little later in January with a new date of January 25, 2020 at Stillwater Area High School. With a later date in January, we’re hoping even more students can take part in arts, sciences, upcycling and spoken word events (plus we’ve still got time for scientists if your project takes you to the next level of competition).

Writing an artist’s statement, putting together an effective science project or creating a good presentation for judges can be confusing! But not anymore, thanks to the work of two students who’ve got lots of experience with this! Here are two videos that can help:
Creating an Artist’s Statement for Da Vinci Fest

Creating and Presenting Your Science Project

Exhibitors, please email Kristie Smith, smithk@partnershipplan.org, if you’d like to take part in our 2020 event!

The 11th annual Da Vinci Fest on Jan. 5, 2019, was a huge success. Hundreds of students participated in an Art Fair, Science Fair, Science Challenge, Spoken Word and Upcycling Fair.

And thousands of community members attended to view educational exhibits demonstrations and performances by organizations throughout the Twin Cities.

See photos here

List of student winners from Da Vinci Fest

Da Vinci Fest is a free community event that is a celebration of art and science. At its core, it’s an event to demonstrate the incredible talents and creativity of the youth who live in the St. Croix Valley. With the addition of educational exhibits, demonstrations and performances by organizations all across the Twin Cities, it becomes an art and science extravaganza!

WHAT YOU saw in 2019

  • The inaugural Upcycling Fair, a competitive event for students.

  • Student art

  • Student Science Fair

  • Science Challenge, featuring a glider contest

  • The Jockeys of Comedy, an improv theater group from Stillwater Area High School

  • On-the-spot demonstration of ice sculpting

  • Life-sized, working Star Wars Droids

  • Live podcast recording featuring students from Stillwater Area High School

  • Performances by the 3M Visiting Wizards and Belle Ballet

  • Demonstrations by a potter and a printmaker

  • Performances by music students in Stillwater Middle School and Stillwater Area High School

  • Make and take art projects

  • Demonstration of weaving, along with a hand’s-on chance to do weaving

  • A display of totems made by elementary school students

  • Star Lab

  • Middle School Design/Make students

  • Students demonstrating computer coding

  • A demonstration exploring the antibodies in poop

Thank you to our exhibitors!

Every year, we invite businesses and groups to present interactive and hands-on science, technology and art exhibits to inspire and motivate K-12 students and parents who attend Da Vinci Fest. 2019 exhibitors included:

  • 3M Wizards

  • Artisan Environments

  • Bayport Library

  • Belle Ballet

  • Belwin Conservatory

  • Build/Design/Stillwater Middle School

  • Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

  • Created with Code

  • Printmaker Dana Lemoine

  • Dia Sorin

  • Gerten’s

  • Hamline University Center for Global Environmental Education

  • HUSH

  • Artist Karron Nottingham

  • Lakeland Library

  • Weaver Lauren Oland

  • Mathnasium

  • Master Gardeners in Washington County

  • Metro Ice Sculptor Tom Schiller

  • Minnesota Astronomical Society

  • Minnesota Droid Builder’s Club

  • Minnesota Force

  • Minnesota Department of Transpotation – STEM Outreach

  • Minnesota Mycological Society

  • Potter Peter Jadoonath

  • PowerUP

  • Rob Ellos Presentations

  • Rural Renewal Energy Alliance

  • Society of Women Engineers

  • Star Lab

  • Coding and Sustainable Stillwater

  • Stillwater Area High School Physics Club

  • Stillwater Bee Club

  • Stillwater Library

  • Stillwater Native American Parent Adivsory Committee

  • Stillwater Area Public Schools

  • TechDump

  • The Shire

  • US Army Corps of Engineers

  • Warner Nature Center

  • Washington Country 4H

  • Washington County Snowplowing

  • White Bear Center for the Arts.