Does the thought of the expansive cosmos give you goosebumps? Could you spend hours watching clips of Neil DeGrasse Tyson talking about the stars? If you’re into space and want to learn more, the 2017 Atlanta Science Festival has you covered.
Mark Kelly Launch Event
Join us to launch the 2017 Atlanta Science Festival with astronaut Captain Mark Kelly. He's spent more than 50 days in space, and now he's spending an evening with us! Captain Kelly will share with us what it's like to leave planet Earth and his insider perspective on the groundbreaking yearlong NASA experiment with his twin brother on how space affects the human body.
Captain Kelly will speak at 7pm, but we welcome you to come early at 5:30pm to launch some rockets with us on the lawn of Emory's Glenn Memorial Church. Also, stick around afterwards for a book signing organized by Little Shop of Stories! Captain Kelly will be signing his Mousetronaut and Astrotwins books. More info!
Seeing Farther than Ever Before: The James Webb Telescope
The Hubble is sooo 2017. It's on its way out, and the James Webb Space Telescope is in! Join us as we screen the short documentary Into the Unknown which tells the story of the development and construction of this amazing new telescope, 100 times more powerful than the Hubble Telescope. Following the film, we'll answer your questions in a panel discussion. More info!
Starry Starry Night
Come out for a telescopic tour of the evening sky, learn about our solar system and beyond, and see how astronomy research is done at GSU’s Hard Labor Creek Observatory. GSU astronomers will have telescopes set up to show you the observable stars and planets in our night sky, weather permitting. More info!
Geek out, space out, break out, chill out! Experience space science like never before. Geek out under the stars with local astronomers as they share their telescopes and intellect. Space out as you enjoy the view of our solar system through the lens of a 36 inch telescope. Break out of the Fernbank Science Center as you’re forced to think outside of the box in our unique SciencEscape challenge. Chill out in our Planetarium as you check out its stunning new 4K projection system. More info!
Genes in Space and On Earth Too: Bringing DNA Discovery Into Your Classroom
In this hands-on teacher workshop, you will develop skills to bring the cutting edge of biology and space exploration into your own classroom. With an innovative teaching toolkit from miniPCR, you will solve a food contamination crisis at the International Space Station using the essential biotech techniques of PCR and electrophoresis. Then we will share information about the Genes in Space science competition where teachers and students design authentic DNA research proposals for space. More info!
Science of Star Wars
One with the Force You Are? Join us for this all-ages dress-up Sci-Fi adventure to learn about the comparative planetology of the worlds of Star Wars and the planets in our own solar system, as well as extra-solar planets. You will have the chance to enjoy video clips inspired by Star Wars and other Sci-Fi favorites. Young Jedi and Padawan alike are encouraged to attend in their favorite Sci-Fi attire. More info!
The Atlanta Science Festival Exploration Expo is the culminating event of the festival week, taking place on March 25, 2017 from 11am-4pm. The event will draw thousands of people to Centennial Olympic Park in a fun filled day of 100 interactive activities and performances that celebrate the excitement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Atlanta. Make sure to stop by the NASA booth for some space based activities! This FREE event is open to all. More info!
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