Returning March 2018

ASF Talking Points

Return to the Toolkit

Familiarize yourself with the Festival, and lead off your event by sharing some of these talking points on the broader ASF context with your audience. 


  • In its fourth year, the Atlanta Science Festival is an annual celebration of science and technology featuring 100 engaging events in 65 locations across Metro Atlanta
  • Expanded to 11-days, the 2017 Atlanta Science Festival will run from March 14-25.
  • Festival events, which are geared to kids, teens, adults and families, feature a myriad of live, interactive, hands-on activities, presentations and exhibitions to engage audiences with scientific discoveries. 

Launch Event with Mark Kelly

  • The Atlanta Science Festival will officially launch on March 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church at Emory University featuring astronaut Captain Mark Kelly.
  • Captain Kelly will share what it's like to leave planet Earth and his insider perspective on the groundbreaking yearlong NASA experiment with his twin brother on how space affects the human body.
  • The event will kick-off at 5:30 p.m., with attendees participating in rocket making and launches. 
  • Immediately following his presentation, Kelly will autograph copies of his children’s book series, “Mousetronaut” and “Astrotwins.” Copies of the books will be available for sale on-site before and during the event. 
  • Admission for the event is $12, and $8 for children 12 and under, if purchased online in advance (; and $15 for all guests at the door.

Exploration Expo

  • The grand finale of the Festival is the signature Exploration Expo at Centennial Olympic Park on March 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Exploration Expo is a free afternoon of continuous family-friendly activities, hands-on experiments, live performances, educator opportunities and explosive visuals from more than 100 partnering exhibitors.

K-12 Initiatives

  • The Atlanta Science Festival envisions a community of scientifically literate citizens and a strong STEM workforce in Atlanta. That vision begins with efforts to engage our youth in STEM/STEAM learning inside and outside the classroom.
  • The Festival awards bus vouchers for Title I schools to take groups to the Expo, and coordinates classroom visits by STEM professionals through our Imagining the Future program.
  • Contests, field trip opportunities, educator workshops, classroom flyers and resources for teachers are available at our Educator Toolkit.