Expo – Atlanta Science Festival

Atlanta Science Festival’s
Exploration Expo
Saturday, March 23, 2024, 10am-5pm at Piedmont Park

Atlanta’s biggest interactive science event is FREE and open to adults, families, and children of all ages and interests. No registration is necessary. Touch a human brain! Smell outer space! 3-D print your own bones! Look inside a jet engine! Pen your own science haiku! Control a robot with your brain! Test your brain with laser beams! Paint like an elephant! Meet frogs, lizards, snakes… and scientists!

With 100 hands-on, interactive science booths from local organizations, universities, and companies, we’ll be showing off Atlanta science at this year’s Exploration Expo. Additional information including an exhibitor list, map, and parking info will be available in early spring.

Map & exhibitor list available by 3/1


2024 exhibitor will be announced March 1.
Below are last year’s exhibitors (sponsors shown in bold).

3D Girls, Inc.
What will you code with Binary Beading?

Agnes Scott College – SEEDS Club
How old is that tree? Making Art Prints with Nature

Amana Academy, Inc.
What can you create?

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science – Georgia
Who performs your medical laboratory tests?

American Book Company
Can a piece of paper be recycled indefinitely?

Atlanta Gas Light

Biomedical Research Awareness Day
What is it really like in the world of animal research?

Brown Toy Box, Powered by Cox Enterprises
How do you explain the mysteries of the sea?

Burns & McDonnell
Have you ever seen electricity in motion?

Chattahoochee Nature Center
Why Wetlands?

Computer Museum of America
What’s Next On Your Desk?

Dekalb Agriculture, Technology, and Environment Charter School
How is S.T.E.A.M. Sustainable?

Delta Air Lines

Delta Community Credit Union
Chemistry of Currency – What makes a Dollar Bill a Dollar Bill?

What is PU Chemistry?

Emory – Immunology Graduate Group, Emory NPRC, EVC
How Do Vaccines Protect Us?

Emory Child Study Center
Can You Guess What Your Brain is Thinking?

Emory University – All of Us Research Program
What does DNA look like?

Emory University – ChEmory
Why Do Funky Fluids Behave The Way They Do?

Emory University – Department of Biochemistry
What do proteins look like?

Emory University – Department of Physics
How does physics touch your life?

Emory University – Herbarium
Can you Smell the Roots?

Emory University – LUMeN Lab
How does brain development influence processing speed?

Emory University – Salaita Lab
Does DNA Wield The Force?

Emory University – Association for Women in Science
Women scientists, what *can’t* they do?

Emory University – HERCULES Exposome Research Center
How do I avoid toxicants in my exposome?

Emory University, Center for Black Women’s Wellness, Spelman College, UGA
How do chemicals affect our health? A VR Experience

Fernbank on the Go!
How is science in the world around you every day?

Fulton County Library System
Library card drive & library information accompanied by STEAM offerings

Georgia Aquarium
Behind the Seas: How do you care for a Sea Turtle?

Georgia Gwinnett College – Department of Chemistry
What happens when you mix hands-on chemistry and fun?

Georgia Gwinnett College – Technology Ambassadors Program
Interested in Creating a Game Using a Cool Technology?

Georgia Gwinnett College Exercise Science
How good is your athletic ability?

Georgia Natural Gas & Centennial Academy Charter School
Up, Up, and Away: How much energy is required for a rubber band helicopter to fly?

Georgia Power
Are you powered up for the future of energy?

Georgia Reptile Society
Scales of the World

Georgia State University – Department of Physics and Astronomy
From Cosmic Rays to Food: How Does Nuclear Physics Affect My Life?

Georgia State University – Geosciences
How is our Planet changing?

Georgia State University – CBN – Neuroscience Institute
Do bugs shape your brain?

Georgia Tech
How Can You Be a Data Point?

Georgia Tech – Beekeeping at GT
What is Inside a Beehive?

Georgia Tech – CMDI Microbial Dynamics & Infection
Why Do Bacteria Glow?

Georgia Tech – Environmental Engineering
Why does dirty water make me sick?

Georgia Tech – GoSTEM Program (CEISMC)
Wearable Code: Can Coding Exist Off the Screen?

Georgia Tech – School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Trash to cash: Can we turn wastes into resources?

Georgia Tech – School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
What Really Drives “Mother Nature?”

Georgia Tech – Social Insect Biology
What are social insects?

Georgia Tech – Space Enthusiasts
How Big is the Solar System, Really?

Georgia Tech – Student Polymer Network
Where’s the Water?

Georgia Tech – The Bioengineering and Bioscience Unified Graduate Students (BBUGS)
How Do Muscles and Bones Work?

Georgia Tech & Emory University – BME HealthReach – Science for EveryBODY
What cells and tissues make up your blood and bones?

Georgia Tech & Emory University – Neural Engineering Center
How does the brain control movement?

Georgia Tech & Emory University – Science.Art.Wonder
How can science inspire art?

Georgia Tech Research Institute
How Does the Georgia Tech Research Institute See the World?

Georgia Tech- Laboratory for Synthetic Immunity
How can tiny molecules catch big diseases?

Guerilla Haiku Movement
Sci-ku: Will you Hone The Art of Science Haiku?

IEEE Atlanta
Are You Up to the (STEM) Challenge?

International Society of Arboriculture with GAA
Why does the world need arborists?

Johns Creek Environment Campus
What is the Journey of our Water?

Kennesaw State University – Anthropology and Psychology
How do your brains and bones behave?

Kennesaw State University – Geography
What do you know about the geography of water?

Kennesaw State University – Wellstar College of Health and Human Services
How does Health and Human Services play a role in your life and the community?

Lockheed Martin

Marcus Autism Center
Do you see what I see? Understanding Autistic Experiences

Mercer University and Mercer Health Sciences Center
How does Science Impact Your Life?


NCR Foundation
The Patcasso STEAM Experience presented by NCR Foundation

Neuroscience at Georgia State University & Emory University
Ready to blow your mind? Pop over to explore your brain!

PCOM Georgia
Have you ever seen a high-fidelity mannequin?

PCOM Georgia – Biomedical Sciences
How are bones the buried treasure of the body?

PCOM Georgia – Community Wellness Initiative
What is my blood pressure?

PCOM Georgia – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion / Admissions
What’s the Rx for Success in Medical School?

PCOM Georgia – Medical Laboratory Science
What can we see under the microscope?

PCOM Georgia – Osteopathic Medicine, DO
D.O. you know what blood is?

PCOM Georgia – Physical Therapy
Want to be Stronger, Faster & Fitter?

PCOM Georgia – Physician Assistant Studies
What Happens When You Take a Breath?

PCOM Georgia – School of Pharmacy
Are you ready to test your sugar knowledge?

Science for Georgia
How can you #SpeakUpForScience?

ScienceLab e.V./German Consulate General
The Power of Electricity – How does a light bulb work?

Spelman College
Color: Can you believe your eyes?

STE(A)M Truck
Can You Unleash Genius w/ High & Low Tech Tools?

How does claymation teach STEM?

The Amphibian Foundation, Inc.
Have You Ever Touched A Snake?

The Clorox Company
Elevating your everyday experiences

The LIFE School
How Can We Grow Food Anywhere?

Have you seen the technology behind the delivery?

URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy
What makes a Jewish STEM Overnight Camp so much fun?

Woodward Academy
STEAM at Woodward Academy: What does the A and E in STEAM look like?

Worldwide Shirts
Would you like learn how to screen print your own Atlanta Science Festival T-shirt?

Zoo Atlanta
What Makes an Elephant Awesome?

At precisely 12:00pm, thousands of pink ping-pong balls will launch into the skies, heralding the day’s science celebrations. Help us countdown to an explosion of science in The Meadow, sponsored by Emory University and performed by Dr. Doug Mulford and the ChEmory student group.

Onstage known as Patcasso, Patrick Hunter, a performance painter and global STEAM ambassador connects art and science to drive innovation. He takes paint strokes choreographed to music for live performances that captivate audiences by turning the blank canvas into icons.

The Patcasso Performance is brought to us by the NCR Foundation, sponsor of the Atlanta Science Festival. Join us at 1pm in front of NCR’s tent to catch this captivating performance.


  • Contribute to our live mural with Science.Art.Wonder!
  • Express your love of science through haiku with Guerilla Sciku!

Food and drink is available for purchase on site from a variety of food trucks and vendors. Complimentary water is available at stations throughout the Expo. Seating is available at the Power Up Zone and on tables throughout the park; we recommend bringing a refillable water bottle and a picnic blanket!

[specific vendors TBD]


This event is rain or shine, so bring your umbrellas and galoshes, and prepare to experience the joy of science while atmospheric water vapor condenses into liquid water droplets and falls under gravity.

In the case of severe weather (>30mph winds, lightning, tornado, etc.), stay tuned to our website and social media channels for event status updates.


All pets, including dogs, cats, snakes, birds, pigs, etc., are prohibited in our festival area – leash or no leash – unless part of a planned festival program or assisting persons with disabilities. This is for the pet’s protection as well as for the protection of festival patrons. See City of Atlanta’s guidelines.

You may enjoy the other parts of Piedmont Park with pets, per the Piedmont Park’s guidelines.


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The Expo will take place in Piedmont Park near the intersection of 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive – see map. Past year’s events drew over 20,000 people, so it’s going to be crowded and parking will be limited.

  • We STRONGLY urge you to use MARTA, taxi, carpool/rideshare, Beltline, etc.
  • MARTA – use Midtown stop, and walk east along 10th Street into the Park.
  • Parking Garage – Piedmont Park shares a parking deck with the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the rate is typically based on the amount of time you spend in the park. The garage is off of Monroe Drive on Worchester Drive, or visitors can enter off Piedmont Avenue at the Atlanta Botanical Garden entrance. The park is accessed from the lowest floor. Address to Parking Garage: 1320 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30306
  • NO PARKING is permitted at Midtown High School
  • See map of other nearby parking options, which are also indicate on the Google Map below.


Piedmont Park is ADA compliant. The parking deck shared between Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, has ADA spaces for parking. Wheelchairs are not provided and must be brought in by the park visitor. The Expo event is less than 0.2 miles from the parking deck along paved pathways.

Most Expo exhibits are located along a paved pathway and are wheelchair accessible. Some exhibits are located in The Meadow on the grass, which can be accessed via the paved walkway that runs the perimeter of The Meadow.

ADA-compliant portable restrooms are available in each of the three restroom locations within the Expo footprint.

© 2024 ATLANTA SCIENCE FESTIVAL Alex the astronaut