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IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2021

Online February 17

Re-start, Re-think, Re-imagine.


Get ready for a half-day of innovative speakers

and minds-on, hands-on activities

that connect all participants

and provide insider access

to the places where ideas come alive. 

Participants will directly contribute to the festival in real time.


Ask questions to speakers!
Submit your creations to activity creators!
Virtually visit labs, studios, and workspaces!
Be selected to be live on screen during an activity session! 

Now in our eighth year, IdeaFestival Bowling Green is an annual one-day celebration of ideas and imagination designed to inspire the next generation of creators, thinkers, and innovators. Hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU  since 2014 and created in cooperation with the original IdeaFestival® in Louisville, our event brings passionate and motivated middle and high school students and interested community members from throughout the region to the WKU campus for a morning of speaker sessions and an afternoon of minds-on, hands-on activities. The whole day highlights innovation, curiosity, entrepreneurship, community engagement, and creativity across a variety of fields. 

IdeaFestival Bowling Green: just imagine the ideas that will transform the future of our region.

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IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2020 Sponsors 

Major Sponsor

AT&T logo 
At AT&T, we’re bringing it all together. We deliver advanced mobile services, next-generation TV, high-speed internet and smart solutions for people and businesses. That’s why we’re investing to be a global leader in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications industry.

Contributing Sponsors


 Vid Monster logoVid Monster Productions is a full-service creative content production company, specializing in video, graphic design, livestream, photo, and audio. With a core team of nine and over a dozen production specialists, Vid Monster consistently delivers in or under budget, and on or before the deadline for clients. Because of their 50+ combined years of experience, the team is passionate about and obsessed with creating each project creatively and uniquely.


The Gatton Acadeny
The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky is a residential program for bright, highly motivated Kentucky high school students who have demonstrated interest in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Housed on the campus of Western Kentucky University, students take college classes, engage in faculty-led research, and have the ability to study abroad while living in a supportive community of like-minded peers.
In short, students in Kentucky can apply for our program during their sophomore year of high school, and if accepted, they will spend their junior and senior year on WKU’s main campus while remaining enrolled in their sending school. Furthermore, the tuition, meals and housing costs for our students are covered by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, so any student in the state is eligible to apply if the program meets their interests and abilities.
Interested in learning more about The Gatton Academy’s application process? Visit us at https://www.wku.edu/academy/admissions/instructions/index.php.

What is IdeaFestival Bowling Green? Watch below! 
Video courtesy of Vid Monster Productions.


Read what participants said about IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2020:

  • It was one of the best field trips I've ever had!
  • The topics were intriguing and got me thinking about what should happen in the future.
  • We loved that there were so many ideas represented from so many different disciplines.
  • The speakers were all very excited to be speaking with us which led me to feel like we were an important audience.
  • I really enjoyed painting the huge mural. I felt in the moment and focused on looking at the product afterward, and seeing it come together felt nice, especially knowing it couldn’t happen without all the different people coming together.
  • It was super fun. I want to go next time too! 
Animal Anatomy Gerry Seavo James
Tim Kercheville Happy Gas Improv Troupe


The seventh annual IdeaFestival Bowling Green was February 11, 2020

Land and Legacy: Building Ideas That Will Last  

IFBG 2020 Highlight Video

Video courtesy of Vid Monster Productions.


**Click   here   to watch videos of the 2020 speaker sessions**


3D Pen Printing Top 5 Designs 

(presented in no particular order)

Andrea Huley Jack Rousseau Joyce Dominguez

Andrea Huley
Greenwood High School

Jack Rousseau
Anchorage Independent Schools

Joyce Dominguez

Wayne County Schools

    Lucy Moncayo Noah Ferguson

Luci Moncayo
Winburn Middle School

Noah Ferguson
Winburn Middle School


Winner of Best Pitch at the WKU Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Pitch Yourself Station

Kaylie Poole of Meade County High School


Media Coverage of IFBG20

Bowling Green Daily News


Click   here   for a Flckr photo album of the day 


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