Atlanta Science Festival’s
Exploration Expo
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 11am-4pm at Piedmont Park

Atlanta’s biggest interactive science event is FREE and open to adults, families, and children of all ages and interests. The Exploration Expo promotes science exploration, discovery and innovation with more than 100 interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments, mind-blowing demos and performances!



Download PDF Map and Exhibitor List.
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ARRL – Georgia Section. Ham Radio is Science

Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative (ACCI). Interacting with Apes

ASHRAE. Drinking Straw Pressure Drop

Atlanta Science Festival. #speakup4science

BioIgnite. Designing Medicine & Careers in Biomedical Health Fields

Burns & McDonnellHow Electricity Travels

C2 Education. Apples and more Apples!

Centennial Academy. Centennial on the Move

Center for Behavioral Neuroscience – ACSfN/Conte Center. Hey, You Touched My Brain!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ask a CDC Epidemiologist…

Chattahoochee Nature Center. Uncover the Hidden World of a Pond

Chattahoochee Technical College. Heart of the Matter

Clorox Company. We Make Everyday Life Better, Everyday

Club SciKidz. Summer Camps Star Power

Dendreon. Immunotherapy: Teaching Cells to Target Cancer

Delta Air Lines.

Emory University – Child Study Center. Do You Know What Your Brain is Thinking?

Emory University. Science.Art.Wonder Live Mural

Emory University. Science.Art.Wonder Gallery

Emory University – Association for Women in Science. Wonder Women in Science

Emory University – Center for the Study of Human Health. Your 100 Trillion Best Friends

Emory University – ChEmory. Fun with Solids and Liquids

Emory University – Department of Chemistry. Distance Matters

Emory University – Department of Chemistry & Decatur Makers. The BIG World of SMALL Containers

Emory University – Immunology Graduates’ Group, EVC. Microbe Attack!

Emory University – Herbarium. Smell the World

Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Investigating Insects

The Field of Dreams Academy. STEM Comics

Generation InFocus. Biomimicry Solutions

Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance. Kids and Families Impacting Disease through Science (KIDS)

Georgia Gwinnett College. Stay Calm and Get Your Grizzly Growl On

Georgia Gwinnett College – Technology Ambassadors. EngageIT!

Georgia Natural Gas.

Georgia Power Company. Electricity in Motion

Georgia Reptile Society. Modern Day Dinosaurs

Georgia State University. The Bio-Bus Sampler

Georgia State University – AMSA. Chemistry and Biochemistry Connections

Georgia State University – Chemistry Club. Come and see chemistry with household items!

Georgia State University – Early Childhood Education. Bite Size Science

Georgia State University – Georgia Geographic Alliance. Where would you be without Geography?

Georgia State University – Math and Statistics Club. Adding it All Up!

Georgia State University – Perimeter College Native Plant Botanical Garden. Celebrating Georgia’s Native Plants

Georgia State University – Pre-Pharmacy Professional Society. Look in the Mirror and See Something Different

Georgia State University. Georgia State Smiles

Georgia State University – Synthetic Biology Club. BioBrick: Synthetic Biology in Atlanta

Georgia State University – Early Childhood Education. Making Origami Animals

GSU Perimeter College – Native Plant Botanical Garden. Celebrating Georgia’s Native Plants

Georgia Tech – BBUGS. Heart Touching: The Ins and Outs of Love

Georgia Tech – BBUGS. Explosion of Color!

Georgia Tech – BME HealthReach. Science for EveryBody

Georgia Tech – CEISMC. Evaluation of Atlanta Science Festival

Georgia Tech – College of Computing. Happy Compers!

Georgia Tech – EarSketch. Learning Computer Science through Music

Georgia Tech – Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Earth in 3D

Georgia Tech – Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Space Race: Aliens v. Human and Bad Designs

Georgia Tech – Laboratory for Synthetic Immunity. Catching Cancer with Paper Probes

Georgia Tech – Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking. Papermaking

Georgia Tech – School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Ocean Discovery Zone

Georgia Tech – School of Physics. Physics Peep Show

Georgia Tech – Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society. Liquid Metal Fidget Spinners

Georgia Tech – Student Polymer Network. Practical Polymers

Georgia Tech Research Institute. Uncommon Exposure: How Digital Cameras Work

Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers, Inc. STEM Innovation Lab

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. H2OH

Google. Google’s Digital Village

High Touch High Tech, Inc. Get Buggy


The Howard School. Build Your Own Bristle Bots!

HowStuffWorks. Battle Bots

IBM Corporation. Exploring STEM with IBM

IEEE. The Engineer’s Workshop

IEEE. Recharging Power and Potential

Kennesaw State University – College of Science and Mathematics. The Element of Surprise!

Kennesaw State University – Anthropology Program. Anthropology in Action

Mercer University & Mercer Health Sciences Center. The Mercer Science Workshop

Morehouse School of Medicine. Battle of the Body

NSF Center for Selective C-H Functionalization. Chemistry With a Conscience

North American Electric Reliability Corporation. The Biggest Machine on Earth

Northrop Grumman Corporation. From the Tiniest Microbes to the Largest Planets

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – GA. Mind, Body, and Soul

Piedmont Park Conservancy. What’s the Buzz on Bees

Premier Exhibitions Inc. BODIES…The Exhibition

Renewal by AndersenScience of Windows

The SAE School. Geology Rocks!

Southeast Makers Alliance – Maker Faire Atlanta. The Science of Making

Spelman College – Biology Department. Can You Believe Your Eyes?

Start Code. Python Coding with Minecraft

STE(A)M Truck. Tools and Technology!

UCB. How the Canine Mind Helps People with Severe Diseases.

UGA Extension. Beat Germs – Wash Your Paws!

UGA Extension. Pollinator Power: It’s More Than Just Honey Bees!

UGA Extension. Super Science of Food

UPS. Forward Fast with STEM

Young Women In Bio. Women in Biology

Zoo Atlanta. Pop Up Vet Clinic – Elephant Edition


  • ENCOUNTER ZONE, brought to you by Emory University: Encounter herbs and microbes, measure Atlanta’s pollen count, and create Minecraft code.
  • DISCOVER ZONE, brought to you by Mercer University & Mercer Health Sciences Center:  Discover the microscopic world, battle bots, and chemical reactions.
  • INVENT ZONE, brought to you by Georgia Tech: Invent your own music by coding, touch a brain, touch a heart, peep at physics, drive an underwater robot!
  • THRIVE ZONE, brought to you by Georgia State University: See how native plants and pollinators thrive, fold origami, and become a ham radio operator.
  • CURIOUS KIDS ZONE, brought to you by the Atlanta Section of IEEE:  Turn your little ones into future scientists and engineers with STEM & STEAM activities specifically for ages 3 and up.
  • STEAM ZONE: Express your love of science with a science haiku, paint a piece of the live mural, and get your science caricature portrait!
  • POWER-UP ZONE, brought to you by Georgia Power: Take a break from the science – grab a bite to eat and have a seat at this oasis of tables. Then, put your new energy to good use as you pedal a human-powered generator, form a human circuit, and explore robots and drones.


12:00pm PING-PONG BIG BANG at the Delta Air Lines tent

12:35pm Chemistry All Around Us. Douglas Mulford, Emory University.

1:45pm Modern Day Dinosaurs. Georgia Reptile Society.

2:35pm The Big Science Game Show. Big Thinkers Science Exploration.

3:35pm Drones Taking Flight. STREM HQ.

Ping-Pong Big-Bang!

At precisely 12:00pm, thousands of pink ping-pong balls will launch into the skies, harbingers of the day’s science celebrations. Help us countdown to an explosion of science in front of the Delta Air Lines tent.

Bring Your Own Pollen!

This Expo is BYOP – Bring Your Own Pollen!

Gather pollen from your home or school and contribute to the Pollen Map of Atlanta! Follow the simple steps below and Bring Your Own Pollen sample to the Emory University CitizenScienceHD team at booth #609 in the blue Encounter Zone.

Instructions: Place double sided tape on a dark piece of paper that is roughly 1 X 3 inches and leave outside for 1-2 hours. Carefully place in envelope or zip-sealed bag so pollen does not get rubbed off.


  • 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 from these fantastic vendors:

  • King of Pops
  • South of Philly
  • Island Chef (Bahamian fusion)
  • Cousins Maine Lobster
  • Spice the Americas (empanadas)
  • Eclectic Foodies (funnel cakes, corn dogs)
  • Choice Concessions (chicken tenders, fries)
  • Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q
  • Repicci’s Italian Ice & Gelato
  • Kona Ice
Complimentary bottled water and KIND bars available at stations throughout the Expo.


Share the flyer, and follow, like, tweet away with #AtlSciFest.


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.


The Expo will take place in Piedmont Park near the intersection of 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive – see map. Last year’s event drew over 19,000 people, so it’s going to be crowded and parking will be limited.

  • Please consider MARTA, taxi, carpool/rideshare, Beltline, etc.
  • MARTA – use Midtown stop, and walk east along 10th Street into the Park.
  • Parking Garage – The 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
  • Nearby parking options [PDF]

QUESTIONS? Contact [email protected]

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