Core Programming to Include New Focus on Connection Between Science and Arts
ATLANTA – Sept. 25, 2014 – The second annual Atlanta Science Festival is moving full “STEAM” ahead as organizers opened the online submission process for 2015 partner program proposals. The Festival will once again emphasize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities, but new programming will be included to highlight the importance of the arts in education and innovation.
“Last year, we had more than 80 partners who developed and put together over 130 exceptionally imaginative and thought-provoking programs throughout Metro Atlanta,” said Meisa Salaita, Ph.D., Festival executive co-director. “We invite businesses and organizations to bring their imaginations to the table once again to help us spark interest and excitement in STEAM-related education, careers and innovations. We’re especially excited to integrate an emphasis on the arts as part of our program offerings.”
Proposals for partner programs will be accepted online until Oct. 31, 2014. Festival organizers are looking for another diverse and collaborative group of partners that includes businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, local museums and other appropriate venues. Scheduled for March 21-28, 2015, the Festival is interested in receiving ideas for creative and engaging STEM/STEAM programming such as live performances, family activities, debates, and workshops, as well as interactive exhibits for the free, family-friendly Exploration Expo at Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday, March 28. All programs must be open to the public, although age restrictions, advance registration, or ticketing may be allowable.
Programs for the 2015 Festival will be offered in the following categories:
· Discovery Dialogues
Three discovery dialogues will be held. Dialogues feature 3-4 panelists on a single topic who explore from different perspectives (scientists, religious leaders, artists, field experts, etc.).
· Science on the Screen
These events feature science-related films paired with local experts sharing thoughts in a short talk and Q&A after the showing (preferably at a local theatre).
· Educator/Student Programs
Programming designed to provide teachers with professional development or encourage field trips for their students
· Science Cafes
Interactive lectures by scientists for the public (preferably at bars/coffee shops)
· The Science Behind…
Events in this category highlight the science behind Atlanta resources (labs, hiking, trails, factories, other creative locations) through interactive tours led by scientists and other experts.
· STEAM Programs
Programs highlighting the connection between science and the arts
· Future Leaders
Activities designed to help develop a local workforce in STEM careers
· Family Science
Events to engage children and their parents in fun, interactive science activities
Financial support may be available from the Atlanta Science Festival to help produce programs for STEAM, Science on the Screen and Discovery Dialogues.
Some of the most popular programs from this past year’s Festival included “The Science of Beer,” “Story Collider,” “Death by Chocolate,” and “Super Hero Science Night.”
“The Children’s Museum hosted the Super Hero Science Night, and we loved being a part of the inaugural Atlanta Science Festival,” said Karen Kelly, director of exhibits and education at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. “One of my favorite moments came when dads arrived dressed as super heroes with their children to support their child’s science learning―from having fun with dry ice to testing the buoyancy (or not) of different fruits to making things fizz. The event was a huge success, and we plan to build on that success in 2015!”
Organizations can submit their proposals for partner programs online at: http://atlantasciencefestival.org/content/partner-program-proposal. To keep up with 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 second annual Atlanta Science Festival is a weeklong 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 at venues across the city. 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 21-28, is produced by a collaboration of science, cultural, and educational institutions, led by Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. To learn more, visit AtlantaScienceFestival.org or call (770) 322-4992.