ALEX’s Top Picks for Teens

Check out ALEX’s top picks for teens in these #ATLSciFest 2019 events! Start planning your Atlanta Science Festival experience with these curated events, taking place all over metro Atlanta March 9-23. Meet scientists, learn to code, discover the story of Ada Lovelace, and much more!

Complete the Circuit: Meet a Woman Scientist! | Presented by 500 Women Scientists, ATL Pod; STEMPower

Saturday, March 9th, 2019 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Children, Teens, Families

Young girls need female role models if we want to close the gender gap in science and engineering. This event is a chance for middle-school girls to meet face-to-face with real women in science, ask questions about their careers, and imagine themselves as scientists, too. Together, we’ll build a circuit and play games to encourage discussion. Parents will learn about how to nurture their daughter’s love of science and help them succeed. And there will be ice cream! Purchase tickets to this family event here!

STEM Gems: Giving Girls Role Models | Presented by STEM Gems, Spelman College

Saturday, March 16th, 2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Children, Teens, Families

Join us for an interactive panel discussion that will enlighten and empower girls and young women to pursue careers in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math!  You’ll meet exceptional women from a diverse set of STEM careers and learn about their unique journeys that led to their respective careers. You’ll understand what they do, how they make a difference in the world, and how they help people using STEM. You’ll walk away with advice, guidance, and to-do’s specific for girls and young women to help jumpstart your STEM journey. And as a bonus, you’ll take home some STEM Gems swag that includes the 44 STEM Gems and STEM careers featured in the STEM Gems book! Autographed copies of the STEM Gems book will be available for purchase. Purchase tickets for this event here!

Swarm Science: How Honey Bees Make Decisions | Presented by Blue Heron Nature Preserve; Southeast Beescapes

Saturday, March 16th, 2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Teens, Adults

Is it really true that the queen bee calls the shots? How do honeybees communicate and make the best decision for the hive community? Come for a fascinating close-up look at the latest honeybee research, complete with hive observations, a honey tasting, and an outdoor experience at Blue Heron Nature Preserve. Note: This event repeats on March 17. Purchase tickets to this event here!

Silver Scream Science Spookshow | Presented by Georgia Tech, The Silver Scream Spookshow

Saturday, March 16th, 2019 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Children, Teens, Adults, Families

Your ghost host with the most, Professor Morte’, brings you a special SCIENCE version of the Silver Scream Spookshow for the Atlanta Science Festival! Morte’ and his gang of ghouls will entertain you before the film and your favorite genetically-modified rock band, Leucine Zipper and the Zinc Fingers, will play before the show! Tickets available at the door. Learn more about this event!

Unveiling the Internet | Presented by Emory Computer Science, Emory Simbiosys Lab

Saturday, March 16th, 2019 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Teens, Families

Let’s dive into the heart of how the internet works! How exactly does YouTube show you videos so quickly? What are BitCoins and how do you get one? How does information move from one computer to another? Join us for an interactive session where we will answer these questions and more as we tinker with code, rotating through different stations doing everything from seeing how your Snapchat snaps move through space to learning how to hack a bank [simulated, naturally]. Learn more about this free event!

WABE Presents: Ask A Scientist | Presented by WABE

Saturday, March 16th, 2019 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Children, Teens, Adults, Families

Why is wombat poop cubed? How did bacteria make Earth habitable for humans? What kind of weather happens in space? WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station, presents scientists from different disciplines as they demystify their fields of study, and offer us a chance to Ask a Scientist. Join WABE’s science reporter, Molly Samuel, and science enthusiasts of all ages, for an educational, entertaining, and exciting afternoon. Register in advance for this free event!

Say Cheese, Please! | Presented by Decimal Place Farm

Sunday, March 17th, 2019 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Children, Teens, Families

Have you ever wondered how creamy goat cheese is made or what makes it so delicious? Come out to Decimal Place Farm, a Saanen goat dairy just 10 miles from our State Capitol. You’ll get a chance to practice milking, scoop cheese curds from whey, and visit chickens as they scratch for bugs. We’ll take a mild hike through the woods and across the creeks as we search for forest treasures, and visit the farm’s small garden, feeding your curiosities along the way. Don’t forget to pack your boots and a thirst for science adventures! Note: There is a second session of this event later in the day at 1pm. Purchase tickets for this delicious event here.

Constellations | Presented by Earth to Sky Performance Company

Sunday March 17th 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Adults, Families, Teens, Children

Earth to Sky Performance Company presents Constellations, an exploration of star stories. This hour-long theatrical show uses creative movement both on the ground and in the air to interpret the ancient stories behind the night sky’s luminous formations. From the Native American myth explaining the creation of the Milky Way to the Greek epic of Hercules and the dragon, this enthralling show imbues ancient tales with the excitement of aerial arts. Purchase tickets here!

Ada and the Engine | Presented by: Oxford College of Emory University

Thursday March 21 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Adults, Teens

Ada Lovelace: mathematician, poet, first computer programmer. Ada and the Engine is a play that portrays Ada’s struggles as a female in a field of only men and highlights the same struggles that women still have today in STEM. Come see the play and the multimedia gallery portraying women throughout history in STEM fields. Following select performances, we will have a talk back about the themes of the play. Note: This event repeats on Friday, March 22 as part of the Festival, as well as Saturday, March 23 (not part of 2019 Festival). Purchase tickets here!

Citizen Science Mini-Hackathon Workshop | Presented by Citizen Science HD, Girls Who Code at Emory, Northrop Grumman

Friday, March 22nd, 2019 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Children, Teens

Do you want to learn how to code AND to help your community? Come to our mini-Hackathon workshop and learn the basics for how to develop websites, games, phone apps, and more to benefit the health of your community. After completion of this workshop, you will be fully prepared to participate in our all-girls Hackathon. Register in advance for this free event!