Curious people of all ages will be in for a fascinating and mind-bending scientific adventure during the Atlanta Science Festival, held March 19-26 and culminating in a free, Exploration Expo in Centennial Olympic Park.
This year’s festival offers 100 STEM/STEAM activities over eight days that will take place at more than 50 Atlanta locations. Experiments, performances, discussions, workshops, tours, tastings and more will connect scientists, teachers and entrepreneurs with those interested in the role science plays in today’s world.
Festivities will conclude on Saturday, March 26, at Centennial Olympic Park with a family friendly event jam-packed with hands-on experiments, mind-blowing demos and a full lineup of science-oriented live performances. The Exploration Expo is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.
The Atlanta Science Festival is a collaboration of local scientific, educational, corporate, civic, cultural and community organizations led by Platinum Sponsors Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology.
“We’re again blown away by the outpouring of community support for this event,” said Meisa Salaita, Ph.D., Atlanta Science Festival co-director. It’s amazing to see the city come together in the name of science. This year’s event has something for everyone and supports the growing interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics by people at all ages. We look forward to seeing everyone in March.”
The event also has support from over 100 partners, among them Gold Sponsor Metro Atlanta Chamber and Silver Sponsors Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Delta Air Lines, Georgia State University, Google, Mercer University/Mercer Health Sciences Center, The Clorox Company and UPS.
The following is a sample of events taking place during this weeklong science celebration:
- Physics Live!
Friday, March 25, 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. (Emory University, Math and Science Bldg.)
Ever play with giant soap bubbles, ride a hovercraft, or taste liquid nitrogen ice cream? How about taking a journey through space and time as you gaze at the stars? Now you can with Physics Live! Join Emory University’s Department of Physics for an afternoon and evening of science exploration featuring exciting demonstrations, planetarium shows and laboratory tours!
Sci-Cycle: A Competitive Scavenger Hunt on Two Wheels
Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Atlanta Beltline Bikes)
Bring your bike (or rent one for the day) and join us for a science-themed scavenger hunt on two wheels! Riders of all levels will learn about the science of sustainability, alternative fuels and energy conservation while biking around town and racking up points to win prizes.
Know-It-All Trivia Night, Hosted by HowStuffWorks
Tuesday, March 22, 7 p.m.– 9:30 p.m. (Ponce City Market, Second Floor)
Test your science knowledge with this show featuring members of the HowStuffWorks team and experts from local universities and schools in and around Atlanta! The event will be hosted by Chuck Bryant and Cristin Conger from HowStuffWorks.
The Science of Circus
Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m.–3 p.m.; 5 p.m.-6 p.m. (Buck’s Sports Barn)
Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Step right up and be a part of the Science of Circus! The Imperial Opa Circus and Georgia Tech scientists will be combining powers for an interactive circus science experience! Find out about forces in aerial trapeze! Be mystified by momentum in tumbling tricks! Encounter the counterbalances in acro balance feats!
A complete list of events can be found at AtlantaScienceFestival.org. For the latest information on Atlanta Science Festival activities, follow the event on Facebook at AtlantaScienceFestival, Twitter at @ATLSciFest and on Instagram at @atlscifest.