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Atlanta Science Festival Preps for Its Third Annual Event, Promises Another Week’s Worth of Must-See and -Do Science

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:17am -- david.terraso


Atlanta Science Festival Preps for Its Third Annual Event, Promises Another Week’s Worth of Must-See and -Do Science   

Dates Set for March 19-26, 2016

ATLANTA – Sept. 17, 2015 – With a 50-percent growth in attendance this year, the Atlanta Science Festival has quickly become the must-attend event for those interested in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) activities. With even more excitement and anticipation, the Festival today announced dates for the third annual event in March 2016.   

The upcoming Atlanta Science Festival is scheduled for March 19-26, 2016, and will again offer a week’s worth of must-see exhibits and performances and must-do activities during those eight days at more than 50 locations across the Metro area. As in years past, festivities will come to a crescendo on Saturday, March 26, at Centennial Olympic Park with one of the most popular and biggest events―the free, family-friendly Exploration Expo.

“It’s truly amazing to see how an idea among colleagues a few years ago has blossomed into this tremendous educational and cultural event for our city,” said Meisa Salaita, Ph.D., Festival co-director. “This year’s Festival experienced increases across the board, from attendance to sponsorships and partners to events and participating venues. I think the first year, we were feeling a little of that ‘beginner’s luck.’ However, the way businesses, academia and local communities have gotten behind this event now only validates the incredible interest and ongoing need to support and grow any and all STEAM initiatives.”

The Festival was further validated this year by winning the 4th Annual Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) STEM Education Award for Post-Secondary Outreach.

The 2015 Atlanta Science Festival drew more than 45,000 people throughout the week, packing 134 unique events at venues spanning nine metro Atlanta counties. As the Festival’s grand finale and Atlanta’s biggest free interactive science day, the Exploration Expo engaged more than 17,000 visitors in 107 activity booths and at 20 performances within Centennial Olympic Park. The 2015 Annual Report showcases the Festival’s community impact last spring:

David Hartnett, board chairman of the Festival and vice president of economic development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber, is also impressed with the interest in and growth of the event. “Atlanta has come together in a big way with unprecedented collaboration and creative energy to ensure the Festival makes a powerful impact in our community – especially as a catalyst for workforce development. Providing the public with the opportunity to learn about science and connect with STEAM professionals will only continue to pay big dividends in terms of retaining and attracting STEM talent to the region and showcasing Atlanta as a vibrant metro with unlimited business and career opportunities,” he said.

As mentioned previously, this year’s Festival also experienced a healthy increase in sponsors, up to 35 organizations. Returning sponsors for 2016 already include Delta Air Lines, HowStuffWorks, Mercer Health Sciences Center and Mercer University.  

Other educational institutions, companies, and organizations interested in becoming involved with Atlanta Science Festival 2016 should note:

  • Sponsorship information is available at

  • Request/Renew Partnership and then propose a program for inclusion in the Festival week Deadline: Nov. 6, 2015

  • Exploration Expo Submissions are now open. Deadline for Early-Bird Discount (10 percent discount): Dec. 7, 2015

For the latest information on the Atlanta Science Festival, please follow the event on Facebook at AtlantaScienceFestival, Twitter at @ATLSciFest and on Instagram at @atlscifest.

About the Atlanta Science Festival

The third annual Atlanta Science Festival is a weeklong public celebration of local science and technology that culminates with an all-day interactive Exploration Expo at Centennial Olympic Park. 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 for curious people of all ages. Our mission is to celebrate the inherent integration of STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts 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 19-26, 2016, is produced by a collaboration of science, cultural, and educational institutions, including the founding partners Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. To learn more, visit or call (770) 322-4992.


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