ATLANTA – Mar. 27, 2014 – In addition to the more than 80 interactive and hands-on exhibits planned for The Atlanta Science Festival’s Exploration Expo, the event organizers are also filling the day with a full schedule of live performances and stage shows to create even more excitement around science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
The Festival is an eight-day series of science-and technology-related events taking place citywide that culminates with the family-friendly, all-day interactive Exploration Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center. The Expo is a free event being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, March 29, at the Georgia World Congress Center, Building B, Hall 3. The event offers non-stop, big-bang activities; out-of-this-world experiments; pop-up interactive exhibits; mind-bending games; and a full lineup of science-oriented live entertainment – plus so much more.
A mission of the Festival is to spark the imagination, and The Exploration Expo is pulling out all the stops to expand the accessibility to exciting science experiences, from hands-on exhibits to live performances.
“Strivers achieve what dreamers believe,” said Usher Raymond IV. “The Atlanta Science Festival offers a chance for kids of all ages to discover new opportunities that may await them. Exposure leads to success.”
The schedule is jammed-packed with science-related performances across two different stages during the Expo. The Main Stage will host the opening and closing ceremonies, remarks from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other Expo headliners. The Science Cafe is a more intimate setting and will feature public science talks, demo sessions and story reading.
Among the live performances and stage shows planned for the Expo:
· Leucine Zipper and the Zinc Fingers
Leucine Zipper and the Zinc Fingers is a four-piece science punk rock band that plays original music and cover songs about science.
· Animal Encounters | Zoo Atlanta
Let the Zoo come to you! A trained educator presents an exciting program using live animals, biofacts (such as bones), and fun activities to provide people of all ages with a lasting connection to animals and conservation.
· Fire and Ice | Emory University’s ChEmory
Fire! Ice! Explosions! A series of chemistry demonstrations will be presented and designed to amaze and inform. From balls of fire to liquid nitrogen clouds, there is something for everyone.
· Roaming Robots! | Georgia FIRST Robotics
Middle school and high-school inventors will unleash their robots on the stage.
“The Exploration Expo is the perfect chance for all attendees to see, touch, smell, taste and hear all aspects of science coming to life – from growing their own bacteria and touching a brain to crawling inside an inflatable planetarium and meeting a robot,” said David Hartnett, chair of the Atlanta Science Festival and vice president of economic development for bioscience and health IT at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “This event is an important piece of laying a STEM-focused educational foundation for our students, and exposes them to the types of quality, high-paying jobs they could get in the future.
To view the full Expo schedule, visit http://atlantasciencefestival.org/expo-exhibitors. For the latest information on other Atlanta Science Festival activities, please follow the event on Facebook at AtlantaScienceFestival and on Twitter at @ATLSciFest.
About the Atlanta Science Festival
The first event of its kind in the Metro area, The Atlanta Science Festival is a weeklong celebration of local science and technology that culminates with an all-day interactive Exploration Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center. Scientists, experts and educators from local schools, colleges, universities, museums, and corporations will uncover mysteries and explain discoveries in hands-on activities, facility tours, stimulating presentations, and riveting performances at venues across the city. Our mission is to celebrate the inherent integration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in our lives today, share the impact they have on our community, and inspire us all to wonder about our future. The Festival, which runs March 22-29, is produced by a collaboration of science, cultural, and educational institutions, led by Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. To learn more, visit AtlantaScienceFestival.org or call (770) 322-4992.