Once again metro Atlanta showed itself as a science city as people turned out in droves for the 3rd Annual Atlanta Science Festival.
From March 19-26 science lovers gathered at incredible science events throughout the region. The week ended downtown at Centennial Olympic Park at the amazing Exploration Expo, where more than 19,000 of the piedmont’s most curious kids, families and adults gathered to explore more than 100 interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments, mind blowing demos and performances.
From the ENCOUNTER section, featuring unusual animals and brains you could touch; the INVENT section exhibiting robots, micro particles and rockets; DISCOVER where festival-goers saw ice boil, and experienced the power of chemical reactions; THRIVE where they could see firsthand the power of health science as they built strands of DNA and discovered how precision medicine works; and the INNOVATOR’S PLAYGROUND where future scientists experimented with Incredible Foam dough and more.
“What's exciting is the kids get to match their interests with the activities,” said one parent at the Exploration Expo. “That's special for them, because that gets them excited about learning and then they talk about it, they bring it back to school, they talk to their friends. I think that's the most special thing about everything.”
During the week before the Expo more than 16,000 science fans gathered all across the city to experience science shows, entertainment, and interactive activities.
How Stuff Works held a spectacular showcase of science trivia and fun at Know-It-All Trivia Night at new Ponce City Market, while Sci-Cycle got people into their bike seats to experience science experiments firsthand along the Beltline. Other events like the Science of Circus, wowed families by letting them learn and then practice the physics behind acrobatics and other midway-style attractions.
"What an amazing week! With 35,000 curious people coming out to learn, laugh, and be inspired by science, Atlanta is clearly a science city," said Jordan Rose, Festival co-founder and co-director.
The Atlanta Science Festival will return next year from March 15-25, 2017 promising an even more awe-inspiring array of events and performances.
“The day after the 2016 Festival ended, we started thinking about 2017. We’re already cooking up some great ideas for next year!” says Meisa Salaita, Festival co-founder and co-director.