West Campus Sustainability & Outreach Festival

In 2017, CAPS and ABRC, along with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and the Office of Energy and Environment came together to plan the inaugural West Campus Sustainability & Outreach Festival (WestFest). This free public event was designed to highlight the science and technology research taking place on The Ohio State University’s West Campus and beyond. Faculty, staff and students from a variety of units across campus, along with a few community organizations, came together to promote STEM with hands-on activities, demonstrations and tours. Our first event was a huge success! Despite some questionable weather, we estimate that more than 400 people attended the four hour event. Thanks to the success of the 2017 event, we have decided to make this an annual affair. The 2018 event, which grew more than threefold, was held on May 19th. 

Keep your eyes out for the 2019 WestFest date!


WestFest 2018 festival partners: 

  • Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center
  • Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
  • Center for Applied Plant Sciences
  • Center for Automotive Research
  • Columbus Audubon
  • COSI
  • Department of Molecular Genetics & the Zebrafish Facility
  • Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)
  • Labs in Life
  • OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center
  • Office of Energy and Environment
  • Ohio 4-H
  • Ohio Energy Project
  • The Ohio State University Press
  • Orton Geological Museum
  • Museum of Biological Diversity
  • Department of Speech and Hearing Science 
  • Smart Columbus
  • Stone Laboratory & Ohio Sea Grant
  • OSU Wexner Medical Center Green Team
  • Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
  • Z-lab, Saygin Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Do you work in STEM at OSU? Are you a community partner engaged in STEM education? Contact us if you are interested in being a WestFest partner.