Atlanta Science Festival unveils 2023 programming

The Atlanta Science Festival 2023 - Celebrating 10 Years of Science

Atlanta’s preeminent, annual science celebration announces 150 events taking place March 10-25

Atlanta Science Festival (ASF) presented by Delta Air Lines, the city’s ultimate celebration of all things science and one of the largest of its kind in the country, returns March 10-25. All ages can experience 150 interactive and educational events. The Exploration Expo, a giant science bash in Piedmont Park, returns as the grand finale of the Festival.

“As we approach the 10th edition of the Atlanta Science Festival, I recall our original inspiration,” says Meisa Salaita, executive co-director of Science ATL–the engineers of the Atlanta Science Festival. “We wanted to expand science learning access to all in metro Atlanta. It continues to be a privilege to watch the local science community grow alongside the Atlanta Science Festival, and we anticipate another amazing year.”

The 2023 Atlanta Science Festival allows both children and adults to explore a variety of topics, such as coding, astronomy, nature walks, and the science of meditation. AI and brain imaging, the world’s fastest aircraft, amphibians and snakes, newts and nature trails, a science fashion show and secret parks, chemistry and coffee, time traveling teens on stage, and much more pack the two-week event calendar.

A few highlights taking place during the 2023 Atlanta Science Festival include:

  • Destination Science – Explore the reefs of Australia to the wilds of Africa to the glaciers of the North. Hear from three adventurous scientists about the places science has taken them throughout the years. The event is moderated by Molly Samuels from WABE.
  • Hypersonics with Hermeus – Learn about the world’s fastest aircraft. Hermeus, an Atlanta-based aircraft development company, is hosting an action-packed tour and a panel discussion all about manufacturing, avionics, and hypersonics.
  • Come Closer: Carnivorous Plants – Discover the world of carnivorous plants. Lush Plant Co. and Atlanta Carnivorous Gardens showcase some of the coolest plants out there, explain how they work, and even set up a “Feed the Fly Traps” station for onlookers to see the plants gobble up their meals.

Events take place at venues throughout Metro Atlanta. Many Atlanta Science Festival events are free, and some require registration and/or a nominal fee.

The Exploration Expo, Atlanta’s family-favorite science event, closes the Festival with a bang. Curious kids and adults descend upon Piedmont Park to experience interactive science booths and live science presentations. (10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 25, Free, Piedmont Park, at the intersection of Charles Allen Drive and 10th Street, Atlanta.)

“We are honored that this Festival offers so much opportunity to showcase underrepresented voices in science,” Salaita says. “With the many advances in technology, science has taken on an even more vital role in today’s world, and we are proud to have the chance to brag that Atlanta really is a science city.”

For additional press releases, a full schedule, updates, photos, and more, visit the Press Room at AtlantaScienceFestival.org/press-room.

Interviews are available upon request.

About the Atlanta Science Festival 

The Atlanta Science Festival is a two-week celebration of science and technology. Taking place March 10-25, 2023, it will feature 150 interactive and educational events. Kids and adults alike can dive into a range of topics from coding and astronomy to nature walks and science/art mashups. The Atlanta Science Festival is engineered by Science ATL and 80+ community partners, with major support from founders Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and sponsors Delta, UPS, Cox, Google, NCR Foundation, and others. To learn more, visit AtlantaScienceFestival.org.

 

The Great Outdoors

Kids enjoying outside

There’s no better place to immerse yourself in science than the outdoors! With topics ranging from trees to geocaching, these 2023 Atlanta Science Festival events will get you inspired by the nature in your own backyard. Start planning your Atlanta Science Festival experience with these events, taking place March 10-25.

Destination Science | March 10th 7:00 PM

Presented by Science ATL, WABE  

Kick off the 10th Annual Atlanta Science Festival with us, as we feature three amazing scientists who will showcase all the incredible places science can take you. Join us as we journey from the reefs of Australia to the wilds of Africa to the glaciers of the north! Moderated by WABE’s Molly Samuel.

Get tickets here!

Geocaching Adventure | March 11th 7:00 AM

Presented by DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs  

Hidden treasure boxes in the woods? Sign me up! Geocaching is a treasure-hunting game in which participants use GPS technology to find containers called “”caches”” at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. You’ll never know what you’ll find in these secret treasure boxes! DeKalb County’s Ranger Jonah and several dedicated geocaching enthusiasts have designed two scavenger hunts for you to seek within the forests of Mason Mill, Medlock, and Ira B. Melton Parks. First, a series of geocaches are hidden throughout the park. Second, two Adventure Labs that, once completed, will unlock the location of a bonus geocache for you to find. These scavenger hunts will help you explore the park, learn to use latitude & longitude, and introduce you to locations of scientific and historic importance in the forest.

Please note this opportunity is available daily during daylight hours daily until March 24th.

No registration necessary.

Geocaching 101 | March 11th 10:00 AM

Presented by DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs  

Hidden treasure boxes in the woods? Sign me up! Geocaching is a treasure-hunting game in which participants use GPS technology to find containers called “”caches”” at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Join us for this session to learn all about how geocaching works, and then set out to find more than 10 geocaches at Mason Mill Park. Along the way, you are invited to explore the park, learn to use latitude & longitude, and find hidden caches containing science facts about the park. Meet Ranger Jonah at the PATH Trailhead.

Register here.

Taking Out the Trash | March 11th 10:00 AM

Presented by Groundwork Atlanta, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper   

Explore the efforts underway in the Proctor Creek watershed to reduce the volume of trash entering the creek and help partners develop solutions to this problem. This interactive workshop will include a brief tour of a trash trap on the creek, an overview of the trash tracking data process, and hands-on activities for you to explore and share your solutions to reduce trash across the community and keep it out of the creek.

Register here.

Rock n’ Walk | March 12th 12:00 PM

Presented by GSU Geosciences   

Millions of years ago, a massive magma chamber cooled below the ground just outside of what is now Atlanta, never erupting through to the surface. Today, we call it Stone Mountain. Join folks from Georgia State University Geosciences on a hike to explore this unique granite dome, learning about the rock and what makes this spot in Atlanta so special including indigenous stories and cultural connections. You’ll also be able to ‘walk’ a Giant Traveling Map of Georgia, explore rock and mineral specimens, ‘track’ dinosaurs, and identify fossils like a paleontologist!

No registration necessary.

Discovery Walk: Emory | March 12th 1:00 PM

Presented by Science ATL  

Science is all around us, often hidden in everyday places – where we live, where we play, and where we walk. Come explore one of these spaces with our latest Discovery Walk map of the Emory campus. Pick up a map from our volunteer and head out with your friends and family on this 2.5 mile route through campus with ten intriguing science stops. Bonus – the walk ends at the Carlos Museum and your map will get you free admission!

No registration necessary.

Exploring Atlanta’s Urban Parks: Chosewood Park | March 15th 10:00 AM

Presented by Trees Atlanta

You can find nature everywhere! Come with us to discover your city parks! During this hike, you’ll learn the basics on how to be prepared for beginner hiking, tree identification, how wildlife interacts from the urban forest, plus how we can benefit from what the urban forest can provide for us.

Register here!

Roadside Geology | March 16th 1:00 PM

Presented by Georgia Mineral Society, georgiarocks.us

Tag along with two geologist-educators to see the beautiful building stones and folded natural rock layers of Midtown Atlanta, on a tour from Symphony Hall to Rhodes Hall. Dr. Bill Witherspoon, co-author of Roadside Geology of Georgia, teams up with highly sought guest speaker from Georgia Mineral Society (GMS), Bill Waggener, to interpret the stories that rocks tell. GMS grab bag is included with admission price.

This event is repeated on March 19th.

Register here!

Southside River Rendezvous | March 18th 9:00 AM

Presented by Finding the Flint, Flint Riverkeepers, South River Watershed Alliance, Chattahoochee Riverkeepers, American Rivers  

Meet us for the Southside River Rendezvous to explore Atlanta’s three rivers – the Chattahoochee, the Flint, and the South River! You’ll discover some of the Southside’s hidden freshwater features, learn how to collect water samples and watch scientists perform water quality testing!  Southside River Rendezvous is part of an on-going effort to collect water quality data, increase awareness and protection of Atlanta’s three rivers.

Register here!

ID the Trees | March 18th 10:00 AM

Presented by DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs  

If Atlanta is really “”The City in the Forest”” shouldn’t we know what kind of trees surround us? Join DeKalb County’s Ranger Jonah for a walk all about trees! We’ll take a stroll through Mason Mill Park and learn techniques for identifying trees by their bark, leaves, flowers, and fruit. Find out to tell a Loblolly pine from other native pines! From the common water oak to the rare winged elm, come fall in love with trees at this awesome city park!

Meet Ranger Jonah at the trailhead entrance in Mason Mill park.

Register here!

Oakland Cemetery Rocks! | March 18th 10:00 AM

Presented by Historic Oakland Foundation

Oakland Cemetery Rocks! Join cemetery preservationists for a hands-on geology workshop and cemetery scavenger hunt. Learn how to identify several stone types, see how the preservation of monuments and grave markers takes place, and find out how the elements affect different types of stone. Following the workshop, use your best sleuthing skills on the geology scavenger hunt to find the different types of stones and materials around the site.

Register here!

Amphibian Foundation’s Annual Salamander Stroll | March 18th 10:00 AM

Presented by Amphibian Foundation, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

Come on out to Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve in Decatur and witness wildlife with regional experts from the Amphibian Foundation. Become ‘citizen scientists’ and perform an amphibian ‘bioblitz’ inventory of the preserve documenting salamanders and frogs in one of the last strongholds for amphibians inside of the perimeter! Everyone and their families are encouraged to attend and bring your cell phones to upload images of what we find to iNaturalist.

Register here!

Discovery Walk Guided Tour: Mason Mill Park | March 18th 10:00 AM

Presented by DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs, Science ATL  

Science is all around us, often hidden in everyday places – where we live, where we play, and where we walk. On this docent-guided Discovery Walk through Mason Mill Park, you will uncover some of this secret science on a family-friendly route with ten intriguing science stops!

Register here!

Spring Tree Walk | March 18th 11:00 AM

Presented by Historic Oakland Foundation

Did you know that Oakland Cemetery is home to more than 1,600 trees, from majestic oaks and mighty magnolias to demure crape myrtles and dogwoods? Oakland’s trees feed and shelter wildlife, help reduce air pollution and provide welcome shade for visitors. Many stand as living memorials to generations past. Stroll with us through Oakland’s amazing arboretum and learn from knowledgeable guides about some of our favorite trees!

Register here!

Splash into Stream Science | March 18th 12:00 PM

Presented by GSU Geosciences, Fulton County Public Works, Project WET, Adopt-a-Stream

Examine the world of water by catching and studying bugs and other critters  that reveal the health of a local stream in southwestern Atlanta. Test water quality and learn how changing environmental conditions can affect the livelihood of habitats and how that relates to human activities. Join in games and engage in laboratory and field science at different stations next to the creek, or jump in and “get your feet wet” to participate in data collection in the water!

Register here!

Wildflower Walk | March 18th 2:30 PM

Presented by Fernbank Museum

Join us for a group walk to celebrate the beginning of spring in Fernbank Forest! You’ll learn about the different kinds of native wildflowers found both in the forest and around Atlanta!

Please note that although this event is free with admission, we still require registration specifically for the event, as space is limited.

This event is repeated on March 24th at 10:00 AM.

Register here!

Garden Wonders | March 19th 10:00 AM

Presented by Wylde Center

Explore Wylde Center’s Oakhurst Garden with a naturalist! From a behind the scenes tour of our green house to a creek exploration to look for salamanders to getting a taste of the sweet honey from our beehives, you’ll learn all about this intown garden wonderland!

This event is repeated on March 19th at 11:30 AM and March 19th at 1:00 PM.

Register here!

Come Closer: Carnivorous Plants | March 19th 10:30 AM

Presented by Lush Plant Co., Atlanta Carnivorous Gardens 

Carnivorous plants don’t just lure in the bugs…they capture our attention as well! Join us for this deep dive into some of the coolest plants out there! We’ll show you all sorts of these bug eating plants, talk about how they work, and even set up a “”Feed the Fly Traps”” station for you to see the plants gobble up their meals!

Bring a picnic blanket and join us on the lawn at Lush Plant Co. to learn all about these fascinating plants!

Register here!

Exploring Atlanta’s Urban Parks: Perkerson Park | March 20th 10:00 AM

Presented by Trees Atlanta

You can find nature everywhere! Come with us to discover your city parks! During this hike, you’ll learn the basics on how to be prepared for beginner hiking, tree identification, how wildlife interacts from the urban forest, plus how we can benefit from what the urban forest can provide for us.

Register here!

The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines | March 22nd 7:00 PM

Presented by Emory University, A Capella Books, Carter Presidential Library & Museum 

Join leading medical ethnobotanist and explorer, Dr. Cassandra Quave, as she shares the story of her quest to develop new ways to fight illness and disease through the healing powers of plants. Book signing of her uplifting and adventure-filled memoir, THE PLANT HUNTER, and herbal tea blending activity to follow the talk!

Register here!

Exploring Atlanta’s Urban Parks: Adams Park | March 24th 10:00 AM

Presented by Trees Atlanta

You can find nature everywhere! Come with us to discover your city parks! During this hike, you’ll learn the basics on how to be prepared for beginner hiking, tree identification, how wildlife interacts from the urban forest, plus how we can benefit from what the urban forest can provide for us.

Register here!

(Un)Natural History Walk of Constitution Lakes and Doll’s Head Trail| March 24th 11:00 AM

Presented by Agnes Scott College Biology Department

Come discover one of Atlanta’s secret parks. Join us for a walk around Constitution Lakes and visit the birds and other creatures that call this unique urban park home. The tour will include information on native and invasive plant identification, birds, and the geology and history of the area. Extra Bonus: Come tour the Doll’s Head Trail during the walk and contribute to the folk art that makes Atlanta so unique.

This hike is appropriate for ages 7 and up.

Register here!

 

Out of this World

Large telescope looking into sky

With science, we can learn about places far away from our own planet! Escape this planetary world with these Atlanta Science Festival events, taking place March 10-25.

Starstruck | March 11th 11:00 AM

Presented by Fernbank Museum  

Meet the final frontier!  A Fernbank Science Educator will guide you through fun, hands-on activities demonstrating the concepts that govern the stars.  Experiment with gravity, see and touch real meteorites, explore the scale of stars, and more.

This event repeats at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

Register here.

Project X: Top Tens of Georgia | March 11th 12:00 PM

Presented by DeKalb County School District  

Bring the whole family and exTENd your science knowledge at Fernbank Science Center’s “Project X: Top Tens of GA” on Saturday, March 11. From ecology to geology, you’ll interact with our exTENsive collections representing TEN science disciplines, organized into top ten lineups found in Georgia.  Revel in scintillating science with FREE hands-on activities, live snake encounters, fantastic fossil finds and dramatic demonstrations, plus enjoy the allure of astronomy and grandeur of geology.

No registration necessary.

Hypersonics with Hermeus | March 15th 3:00 PM

Presented by Hermeus

The future is faster! Join us at Hermeus for an action-packed tour and panel discussion all about manufacturing, avionics, and hypersonics. Learn how we are making the world’s fastest aircraft. Here’s a hint: It’s engineering, not science. Race you there!

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to follow governmental regulations, all attendees must be American born citizens or permanent resident green card holders. All attendees will be required to sign an NDA upon arrival prior to entering the facility. No photos will be allowed. Closed-toed shoes are required.

Get tickets here!

Live Moon Viewing with the GT Observatory! | March 16th 10:00 AM

Presented by Georgia Tech Observatory, [email protected]

Join the GT Observatory and [email protected] for a virtual event that shares a live viewing of the moon using the Aloha telescope! Tune in and you will have the opportunity to control a telescope hundreds of miles away to get a closer look at the features of the moon, and learn all about our closest neighbor from GT Observatory Director Dr. Jim Sowell. In addition to studying the moon’s features, we’ll explore other questions about our moon, such as:

– What is the moon made of?

– Why can we only see one side of the moon?

– What is a lunar eclipse?

– Why does the moon have different phases

Register here!

Out of This World Science Carnival at Clayton State University | March 18th 1:00 PM

Presented by Clayton State University Department of Chemistry/Physics, Clayton State University Department of Biology, STEM Cell Club, Clayton State University 

Silicon Valley dominates AI tech like voice and face recognition. We use these daily, but do they work for everyone – or you? The less you are like the technology creators, the less likely these technologies will work for you. This workshop will show you how to make the technology work for you, and will give you a kick start by teaching you many of the important ideas. You will get hands-on experience training AI to recognize your voice and face.

Register here!

Paranormal Phenomena and Pseudo-sciences | March 22nd 7:00 PM

Presented by GSU Perimeter College  

Flat Earth, aliens, astrology, homeopathy, crystals, vaccinations, and more…What’s science? What isn’t? We will have professors from geology, biology, astronomy, philosophy, and more to dig into the evidence and science behind all of these topics and the issues surrounding them.

No registration necessary.

Astronomy of Star Wars | March 23rd 6:00 PM

Presented by GSU Perimeter College

One with the Force you are? Join us for an all-ages sci-fi adventure where Professor Jay Dunn teaches us about aliens and worlds in our galaxy and in a galaxy far, far away!

No registration necessary

Stars, “Moon Rocks” and Other Out of this World Awesomeness | March 24th 7:00 PM

Presented by GSU Perimeter College

Join us for an evening of star gazing in our observatory and get a unique chance to explore objects from outer space! We’ll have “Moon rocks”, meteorite samples and more space stuff for you to get a close look at under microscopes. Come on out for a space-tacular time!

No registration necessary.

Health and the Human Body

person sitting outside enjoying nature

Learn about the amazing science of health, the human body, and everything in between! These 2023 Atlanta Science Festival events are all about discovering aspects of what makes our bodies work. Start planning your Atlanta Science Festival experience with these events, taking place March 10-25.

Neuroscience is Looking for a Few Good Brains! | March 11th 11:00 AM

Presented by Georgia State University/ Georgia Institute of Technology Joint Center for Advanced Brain Imaging, Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging & Data Science 

Join the GSU/GT Center for Advanced Brain Imaging (CABI) to learn what neuroscience can teach us about how the brain works. Take our interactive center tour and join researchers from GSU and Georgia Tech as we explore the health and development of the brain using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other techniques. You’ll also learn about how you can volunteer to participate in critical studies at CABI that help us understand more about the brain! Expert scientists lead this interactive tour and field all your burning questions about what’s going on inside your head! Stop by anytime for this open house event!

Register here!

HealthHacks 2023 | March 18th 9:00 AM

Presented by Emory’s Citizen Science Health and Diversity  

Interested in science and public health? Would you like to dabble in coding? Join us Saturday and Sunday for a deep dive into coding at HealthHacks2023, an annual health themed hackathon for middle and high school girls, and present your final hacked solution at our closing presentation Sunday evening! Come learn to code with Scratch and create your own project to address global health problems! All levels of expertise are welcome, especially those without prior coding experience!

Register here!

Does AI Recognize Me? | March 18th 1:00 PM

Presented by Emory University 

Silicon Valley dominates AI tech like voice and face recognition. We use these daily, but do they work for everyone – or you? The less you are like the technology creators, the less likely these technologies will work for you. This workshop will show you how to make the technology work for you, and will give you a kick start by teaching you many of the important ideas. You will get hands-on experience training AI to recognize your voice and face.

Register here!

Germ Busters! | March 21st 5:00 PM

Presented by University of Georgia College of Pharmacy

Prepare yourself for battle… against viruses! Although handwashing with soap in water is always your best bet for beating germs, join Dr. Shane Pruitt from UGA’s College of Pharmacy as he teaches you how to “”compound”” your own hand sanitizer. Then, stick around for a special presentation about different pharmacy careers and how you can start preparing for one now!

Register here!

The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines | March 22nd 7:00 PM

Presented by Emory University, A Capella Books, Carter Presidential Library & Museum 

Join leading medical ethnobotanist and explorer, Dr. Cassandra Quave, as she shares the story of her quest to develop new ways to fight illness and disease through the healing powers of plants. Book signing of her uplifting and adventure-filled memoir, THE PLANT HUNTER, and herbal tea blending activity to follow the talk!

Register here!

Meditation & the Brain | March 23rd 7:00 PM

Presented by Georgia State University, Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science, Dorje Ling Buddhist Center

We’ve all heard that meditation is good for you, but can it actually change your brain? Join this virtual panel that brings together Buddhist monks, meditation experts and practitioners, and neuroscientists for a presentation and discussion about the neurological benefits of meditation.

Register here!

Animal Encounters

chimp hanging on rope

Are you a sucker for weird animal facts? Love to spend time with 4, 6, or no-legged friends? Check out these upcoming events all about animals. Start planning your animal encounters at the Atlanta Science Festival, taking place March 10-25.

Animals in Motion: Biomechanics Day at Zoo Atlanta | March 11th 10:00 AM

Presented by Zoo Atlanta, Georgia Tech  

Ever wonder how orangutans swing, or how an elephant trunk works? Join us at Zoo Atlanta to celebrate the diversity of animals on Earth and the incredible ways they move. With help from biomechanics experts at the Georgia Tech, you’ll get to participate in live demos and presentations sure to generate excitement about biomechanics and applications in Bio-inspired Design. Engaging for all ages! Get inspired to learn more about yourself and the natural world!

Get tickets here!

Project X: Top Tens of Georgia | March 11th 12:00 PM

Presented by DeKalb County School District  

Bring the whole family and exTENd your science knowledge at Fernbank Science Center’s “Project X: Top Tens of GA” on Saturday, March 11. From ecology to geology, you’ll interact with our exTENsive collections representing TEN science disciplines, organized into top ten lineups found in Georgia.  Revel in scintillating science with FREE hands-on activities, live snake encounters, fantastic fossil finds and dramatic demonstrations, plus enjoy the allure of astronomy and grandeur of geology.

No registration necessary.

Not Just Newts: Behind the Scenes at the Amphibian Foundation | March 11th 3:00 PM

Presented by the Amphibian Foundation  

Atlanta is home to a unique nonprofit dedicated to the conservation and research of amphibians amidst a global population decline. In 2016, the Amphibian Foundation formed to focus on conserving two of Georgia’s most imperiled species (Gopher Frog and Flatwoods Salamander). Since then has begun working on other native and globally endangered amphibians. Closed to the public, this is a chance to see the conservation collections and meet Foundation staff working hard to save these vital and sensitive animals from extinction.

Stop by anytime for this drop-in event!

No registration necessary.

Urban Slug Walk | March 11th 3:00 PM

Presented by Georgia State University – Geosciences  

Feeling sluggish? So are we! Come on out on a slug filled adventure where we’ll use our eagle eyes to search for these slimy and fascinating creatures, and learn all about them as we hike through Sykes Park! Download the iNaturalist app beforehand, and we’ll use that to identify what we find and contribute data to the Atlanta SLIME (Snails and slugs Living In Metropolitan Environments) project! See how many TENtacles you can find in celebration of the 10th Atlanta Science Festival!

No registration necessary.

Flying into the Future | March 12th 12:00 PM

Presented by Chattahoochee Nature Center   

Flying into the Future is where science and nature collide to bring you activities focused on STEM –  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We are all about forward-thinking at this Family Fun Day! Come ready to learn about flying animals and test your tinkering skills with our STEM-themed partners and activities, crafts and activities that will test your knowledge, and EcoTinker Science Stations open!

Thanks to our partners for making this event truly special one: Georgia Audubon, WILD Nest Bird Rehab, Jenna Ellett Amazing Bats, Urban Kingsnake Project, Computer Museum of America, Miles Ahead Charter School, High Meadows School, Keep Roswell Beautiful, Bach 2 Rock Sandy Plains, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Roswell Fire Labs, Georgia Forestry Foundation

Get tickets here.

Twilight Tots at Zoo Atlanta | March 17th 4:30 PM

Presented by Zoo Atlanta  

Bring your littlest ones for an evening of exploring the Zoo after-hours! Enjoy a mini tour of the Zoo with a Zoo Educator, stopping along the way to sing songs, hear animal stories, and dance like an animal! This program is designed for families with children ages 0-5, with opportunities for exploration for ages 0-2. Introduce your young conservationist to wildlife, inspiring them to learn more about animals and the natural world!

Get tickets here.

Amphibian Foundation’s Annual Salamander Stroll | March 18th 10:00 AM

Presented by Amphibian Foundation, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

Come on out to Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve in Decatur and witness wildlife with regional experts from the Amphibian Foundation. Become ‘citizen scientists’ and perform an amphibian ‘bioblitz’ inventory of the preserve documenting salamanders and frogs in one of the last strongholds for amphibians inside of the perimeter! Everyone and their families are encouraged to attend and bring your cell phones to upload images of what we find to iNaturalist.

Register here!

Beginner Birding 101 | March 18th 10:00 AM

Presented by Georgia Audubon

Ever wonder which birds make melodic tunes to wake you up every morning or wanted to see the magnificent colors they display in real-time? Come explore an introductory course to birdwatching and observe our modern-day dinosaurs with Georgia Audubon. Led by our staff ornithologist, we will cover the basics of identification, binocular use, and safety to get you started on your bird discovery journey. Following guided instruction, we will test our skills on a trip through Grant Park to see just how many feathered friends we can find!

Register here!

Insect Bingo Scavenger Hunt | March 18th 10:30 AM

Presented by WunderGrubs

Join WunderGrubs to explore the super powers of bugs! We’ll start our insect exploration with a bingo scavenger hunt and then tour our mealworm vertical farm in Midtown near Piedmont Park on the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail. You’ll hear all about how mealworms can be used to help solve many of today’s environmental problems as a food, feed, and fertilizer, plus so much more! Bonus: buggy treats for you to taste!

This event is repeated on at 1:00 PM the same day.

Register here!

Wild About Science with Cobb 4-H | March 23rd 6:30 PM

Presented by UGA Extension-Cobb County 4-H

Are you wild about animals and all things animal science? Join UGA Extension and Cobb County 4-H as your family will learn about wildlife, habitats, animal science and more. To add to the fun, there will even be hands-on critter encounters!

Register here!

Pet or Pest? Why Humans Love Some Animals and Loathe Others | March 23rd 7:00 PM

Presented by Emory University, Georgia Center for the Book 

Humans spend a lot of energy distinguishing between the animals we invite into our lives and the ones we chase away. But whether we consider a cat, a rat, a wolf, or even an elephant a hero or a villain depends on what we want from them — and what we decide reveals more about us than it does about them. Science journalist Bethany Brookshire talks about her new book “PESTS: How Humans Create Animal Villains” (Ecco) to journalist and author Maryn McKenna.

This virtual event is part of the ongoing Emory University “Health Storytelling” series.

Register here!

Biology of the Despised: Snakes! | March 24th 6:00 PM

Presented by Amphibian Foundation, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance

The Amphibian Foundation seeks to elevate awareness of the global amphibian declines. Here in Atlanta, AF also works to address some of the urban pressures impacting reptiles as well. There is perhaps no group more misunderstood and despised than venomous snakes. AF has been working with the community since the beginning to help people discern facts from fiction and even teaches a training course on how to handle venomous reptiles safely. Come explore these awe-inspiring animals, and let’s see how much of that fear is actually fascination.

Register here!

Technology

Kid playing with toy robot

Into tech? We’ve got events for you! See the latest in brain imaging, a behind the scenes tour of how we’re building the fastest airplanes in the world, and more. Get your tech fill at these Atlanta Science Festival events, taking place March 10-25.

K.I.D.S. Club and STEAM Workshop | March 11th 9:00 AM

Presented by Georgia Tech, The Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC)   

The Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) at Georgia Tech presents K.I.D.S. Club (2nd-5th Grade) and STEAM Workshop (6th- 12th Grade). Join us for a day of programming that encourages students to study and pursue a career in the STEAM fields by participating in a variety of hands-on STEAM activities which promote creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork.  Activities include integrating computer science and art, engineering challenges, robotics and more. Each student that registers will receive a healthy snack, 3 hours of STEAM instruction and a CEISMC K.I.D.S. Club t-shirt.

Register here!

Neuroscience is Looking for a Few Good Brains! | March 11th 11:00 AM

Presented by Georgia State University/ Georgia Institute of Technology Joint Center for Advanced Brain Imaging, Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging & Data Science 

Join the GSU/GT Center for Advanced Brain Imaging (CABI) to learn what neuroscience can teach us about how the brain works. Take our interactive center tour and join researchers from GSU and Georgia Tech as we explore the health and development of the brain using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other techniques. You’ll also learn about how you can volunteer to participate in critical studies at CABI that help us understand more about the brain! Expert scientists lead this interactive tour and field all your burning questions about what’s going on inside your head! Stop by anytime for this open house event!

Register here!

Georgia Tech Science & Engineering Day  | March 11th 12:00 PM

Presented by Georgia Institute of Technology – Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology

Members of the Georgia Tech community are opening their doors for the Atlanta Science Festival! Whether you’re interested in robotics, brains, biology, space, art, nanotechnology, paper, computer science, wearables, bioengineering, chemical engineering, or systems engineering, there will be activities for you! Visit campus for hands-on STEAM activities, exhibits, demonstrations, opportunities to meet student researchers, learn about the research, and so much more happening at Tech!

Register here!

Guthman Music, Art, and Technology Fair | March 11th 4:00 PM

Presented by Georgia Tech  

Get a sneak peek at what goes into the latest in music technology by visiting our music, art and technology fair. We’ll have all sorts of amazing instruments for you to play and explore. See musicians, artists, engineers, and makers showcase their latest work at this hands-on, interactive showcase.

The Fair will take place just before the Georgia Tech Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. Registration is not required for the free Fair, but tickets must be purchased for the Guthman Competition.

No registration necessary.

Guthman Musical Instrument Competition | March 11th 7:00 PM

Presented by Georgia Tech  

A music, engineering, and tech mashup, the Georgia Tech Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is an annual event aimed at identifying the world’s next generation of musical instruments and unveiling the best new ideas in musicality, design, engineering, and impact. The Guardian called the competition “”The Pulitzer of the New Instrument World.”” Meet some of the most innovative instrument makers from around the world as they perform alongside the best musicians from Georgia Tech and around Atlanta. Then vote on your favorites and learn who the audience and the judges pick as this year’s winners!

Get tickets here.

The Science of Animation | March 12th 12:00 PM

Presented by The Museum of Animation  

Have you ever wondered how animation works in your favorite cartoons? Discover the science behind animation and how our minds perceive pictures in motion. In this hands-on workshop we’ll explore how animated images are created and make your own optical toys and animations to take home!

Get tickets here.

Tech:::Arts: A Virtual Reality Open House | March 12th 2:00 PM

Presented by Fulton County Arts & Culture; The Public Art Futures Lab

Explore the possibilities of technology and virtual reality in making art! Visit the Public Art Futures Lab to try out a Meta Quest 2 headset and learn how immersive technology is creating new ways to explore art with 3D modeling, painting in VR, spray-painting in VR, and sculpting in VR. Drop-in anytime!

No registration necessary

Hypersonics with Hermeus | March 15th 3:00 PM

Presented by Hermeus

The future is faster! Join us at Hermeus for an action-packed tour and panel discussion all about manufacturing, avionics, and hypersonics. Learn how we are making the world’s fastest aircraft. Here’s a hint: It’s engineering, not science. Race you there!

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to follow governmental regulations, all attendees must be American born citizens or permanent resident green card holders. All attendees will be required to sign an NDA upon arrival prior to entering the facility. No photos will be allowed. Closed-toed shoes are required.

Get tickets here!

13th Annual SSEF STEAM Showcase | March 15th 6:00 PM

Presented by Sandy Springs Education Force

Sandy Springs Education Force invites the entire community to their 13th annual , award winning STEAM Showcase.  No matter your age, you will enjoy dozens of interactive, hands-on technology and art demonstrations from STEAM business and educational leaders.  Experience cutting-edge technology in the Internet of Things, robotics, gaming, healthcare and entertainment exhibits. Join us at North Springs High School for an evening of fun and fascinating science and technology. We promise you will leave inspired about what the future holds!!

No registration necessary

3D Printing with Lasers | March 16th 7:00 PM

Presented by Georgia Tech Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is the study of objects smaller than the width of a human hair. Engineers and scientists manipulate objects on this scale for a variety of uses. But how do they work with things that small? At Georgia Tech’s Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology, scientists and engineers use lasers to print and nanoscale objects. Join us for this online session where we show you how it’s all done!

Register here!

HealthHacks 2023 | March 18th 9:00 AM

Presented by Emory’s Citizen Science Health and Diversity  

Interested in science and public health? Would you like to dabble in coding? Join us Saturday and Sunday for a deep dive into coding at HealthHacks2023, an annual health themed hackathon for middle and high school girls, and present your final hacked solution at our closing presentation Sunday evening! Come learn to code with Scratch and create your own project to address global health problems! All levels of expertise are welcome, especially those without prior coding experience!

Register here!

Does AI Recognize Me? | March 18th 1:00 PM

Presented by Emory University 

Silicon Valley dominates AI tech like voice and face recognition. We use these daily, but do they work for everyone – or you? The less you are like the technology creators, the less likely these technologies will work for you. This workshop will show you how to make the technology work for you, and will give you a kick start by teaching you many of the important ideas. You will get hands-on experience training AI to recognize your voice and face.

Register here!

Science & The Arts

Science and the arts

Often placed at opposite ends of the spectrum, science and the arts have more in common than you might think. See how art inspires science and how science inspires art at these Atlanta Science Festival  events, taking place March 10-25.

From Tears to the Sea! | March 11th 1:00 PM

Presented by Little Shop of Stories 

Come hear local author (and 8th grader!) Alex Huynh talk about her book From Tears to the Sea and how water conservation inspired her art! Learn more about water conservation and make art with us at the accompanying collage workshop!

No registration necessary.

Science of the Circus | March 11th 2:00 PM

Presented by Challenge Aerial, Atlanta Circus Alliance, Extant Dream

Step right up and learn the science of the Circus! From graceful aerialists and acrobats to whip crackers, jugglers, and balancers, the circus is filled with science! Join amazing Atlanta circus artists as they demonstrate their skills and how science and skill helps make it all possible. Ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages will enjoy this walkthrough experience.

This event repeats March 11 at 5:00 PM

Get tickets here!

Water, the Source of Civilizations | March 11th 2:00 PM

Presented by Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University

What can works of art tell us about a culture’s relationship to water? Civilizations throughout time and across the globe have responded in different ways to the excess or scarcity of this most important and precious of molecules. Enjoy a guided tour of the collections of Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, engaging with works of art that relate directly to water in daily life, religious ritual, and more.

This event repeats on March 18.

Register here!

Guthman Music, Art, and Technology Fair | March 11th 4:00 PM

Presented by Georgia Tech  

Get a sneak peek at what goes into the latest in music technology by visiting our music, art and technology fair. We’ll have all sorts of amazing instruments for you to play and explore. See musicians, artists, engineers, and makers showcase their latest work at this hands-on, interactive showcase.

The Fair will take place just before the Georgia Tech Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. Registration is not required for the free Fair, but tickets must be purchased for the Guthman Competition.

No registration necessary.

Guthman Musical Instrument Competition | March 11th 7:00 PM

Presented by Georgia Tech  

A music, engineering, and tech mashup, the Georgia Tech Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is an annual event aimed at identifying the world’s next generation of musical instruments and unveiling the best new ideas in musicality, design, engineering, and impact. The Guardian called the competition “”The Pulitzer of the New Instrument World.”” Meet some of the most innovative instrument makers from around the world as they perform alongside the best musicians from Georgia Tech and around Atlanta. Then vote on your favorites and learn who the audience and the judges pick as this year’s winners!

Get tickets here.

The Devil Wears Science | March 11th 7:00 PM

Presented by Georgia Tech/ STEMComm VIP   

Join Georgia Tech STEMComm on the runway! See scientists, designers, and engineers showcase the newest innovations in fashion and wearable science in the nerdiest fashion show of the year. Vote on your favorite designs and strut in your own scientific style on the red carpet to win special event giveaways!

Come sip on some champagne and sit back to see the latest science styles on the catwalk!

Get tickets here.

The Science of Animation | March 12th 12:00 PM

Presented by The Museum of Animation  

Have you ever wondered how animation works in your favorite cartoons? Discover the science behind animation and how our minds perceive pictures in motion. In this hands-on workshop we’ll explore how animated images are created and make your own optical toys and animations to take home!

Get tickets here.

Conversations in Creativity with Science Gallery Atlanta | March 12th 1:00 PM

Presented by Science Gallery Atlanta

Art and science are often unfairly placed at opposite ends of the spectrum. The overlaps between the two abound with art inspiring science, science inspiring art, and above all – creativity guiding both. Join Science Gallery, an arts x science venue in Atlanta, for a conversation about creativity and how artists and scientists leverage the intersection of art and science to provoke dialogue and solutions for shared global challenges.

No registration necessary

Tech:::Arts: A Virtual Reality Open House | March 12th 2:00 PM

Presented by Fulton County Arts & Culture; The Public Art Futures Lab

Explore the possibilities of technology and virtual reality in making art! Visit the Public Art Futures Lab to try out a Meta Quest 2 headset and learn how immersive technology is creating new ways to explore art with 3D modeling, painting in VR, spray-painting in VR, and sculpting in VR. Drop-in anytime!

No registration necessary

Penguin in My Pocket: Puppets + Science = MAGIC! | March 15th 10:00 AM

Presented by Center for Puppetry Arts

Join the Center for Puppetry Arts and Hunter Marionettes as they introduce you to Penguin in My Pocket!  Your amazing Atlanta Science Festival experience will include a puppet show, a Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, Museum exhibits with specialized learning stations and much more!  Have a blast learning about simple machines, creative problem solving and the STEAM of puppetry. Puppets + Science = MAGIC!

Use code ASF for 25% off your ticket for these special ASF shows!

This event is repeated ten times throughout the Festival. Check for other showtimes.

Get tickets here!

Science Improv | March 15th 7:30 PM

Presented by Georgia Tech, Whole World Improv Theatre

It’s improv comedy with a science twist! Come see experienced improv actors and professional scientists take the stage together to put on a unique entertainment and educational experience. The audience will provide scientific suggestions to drive the performance, and you’re sure to have a great time and come away having learned something too! Comedy improvisation has never been geekier.

Get tickets here!

The Story Collider | March 16th 7:30 PM

Presented by The Story Collider

The Story Collider brings true, personal stories about science to life. At this live show, you’ll hear scientists tell heartwarming (and heartbreaking) stories about their failures, successes, and everything in between, and you’ll also hear from people who haven’t had a formal connection to science in years. Science is a part of all of our lives and The Story Collider brings chemists, comedians, actors, neuroscientists, writers, and physicists alike onto the stage to tell their (true) stories.

Get tickets here!

Family STEAM Movie Night | March 17th 6:30 PM

Presented by The Happy Black Parent, Pittsburgh Yards 

What’s better than a Friday movie night? A STEAM Friday movie night of course! Join The Happy Black Parent as we watch the National Geographic film, Science Fair, at the beautiful Pittsburgh Yards development in southwest Atlanta. We’ll chat about the movie and have maker stations set up for you and your kiddos to explore before and after!

Register here!

Gap Junction – Public Dance Performance! | March 17th 7:00 PM

Presented by Rogue Wave Dance 

Gap Junction originated from research into neurological pathways. Every brain has a unique response to stressors influenced by genetics, culture, upbringing, and demographics. Come, witness the Gap Junction cast find their similarities and differences, drawing on their own experiences and lives, particularly Messina’s: a Sicilian-American, spending her formative years in a multi-generational household, followed by eight years in the urban south. This performance is a treat for all, with familiar music, high energy, and a dance-along at the end!

Get tickets here!

The Many Wondrous Realities of Jasmine Starr-Kidd | March 18th 2:30 PM

Presented by Alliance Theatre

Computer hacking, AI, giant lasers, and time travel? Sign us up! Join the Alliance Theatre for a special showing of The Many Wondrous Realities of Jasmine Starr-Kidd, the heartwarming story of second chances and learning that sometimes the things you can’t change are the things that should have happened all along. Following the show, dissect the science behind these concepts with expert scientists!

Get tickets here!

Frequency | March 19th 5:00 PM

Presented by Fernbank Museum

What do colors and music have in common?  Math!  Wait, math?  Yep!  This playful, interactive presentation will take you on a tour of your own senses with math and science as a guide.

Register here!

STEAM Screen on the Green | March 19th 7:00 PM

Presented by Brown Toy Box, Home Depot Backyard

Join us for a screening of the movie <em>Fantasy Football</em> at the super cool outdoor venue just outside Mercedes Benz Stadium, the Home Depot Backyard. What does football have to do with science? Watch the movie, hear from our scientists and engineers, and you’ll find out!

Register here!

Science vs Movies | March 19th 7:30 PM

Presented by Dragon Con Science Track, Stephen Granade, Rae Pendergrass

Bat DNA turning a man into a vampire. Ghosts made of Bose-Einstein condensates. The moon falling into the Earth. We’re going to force our science communicators to watch short movie clips and then explain why the science in them is 100% accurate, yes, even the bit about using bombs to stop earthquakes.

Get tickets here!

Jazz Hands: A Science Comedy Event | March 21st 7:30 PM

Presented by Science for Georgia, Zoo Atlanta

Scientists are funny! And because we’re scientists, we’ve got data to back that statement up!. Back by popular demand, and *in 3D*…come see scientists do comedy at Science Jazz Hands! Learn the answers to all of life’s mysteries, like “how can you make a math pun that bad?” and “how is religion like nuclear physics?”

Get tickets here!

Roob and Noob | March 21st 11:00 AM

Presented by Alliance Theatre

Meet Roob & Noob: two overly curious scientists who love nothing more than discovering something new. Join them on an interactive adventure, as they build machines from simple objects and explore the wonder and sensations of each of the four seasons. Inspired by Rube Goldberg’s magical machines, this unique theatrical performance combines science and the arts, proving that sometimes the most profound discoveries are achieved by simply playing.

This event repeats on March 22.

Get tickets here!

Solve for X Science Variety Show | March 24th 7:30 PM

Presented by Rae Pendergrass

Solve for X is a science-themed comedic variety show where everything is turned upside down: professional artists do short performances inspired by science and scientists do improv comedy, all for the delighted amusement of a tipsy audience.

Get tickets here!

Sustainability

Young girl catering to plants

Think about how you can help the planet at a variety of events this year at the Atlanta Science Festival. We’ll have events about food sustainability, water conservation, recycling and more, taking place March 10-25.

From Tears to the Sea! | March 11th 1:00 PM

Presented by Little Shop of Stories 

Come hear local author (and 8th grader!) Alex Huynh talk about her book From Tears to the Sea and how water conservation inspired her art! Learn more about water conservation and make art with us at the accompanying collage workshop!

No registration necessary.

Insect Bingo Scavenger Hunt | March 18th 10:30 AM

Presented by WunderGrubs

Join WunderGrubs to explore the super powers of bugs! We’ll start our insect exploration with a bingo scavenger hunt and then tour our mealworm vertical farm in Midtown near Piedmont Park on the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail. You’ll hear all about how mealworms can be used to help solve many of today’s environmental problems as a food, feed, and fertilizer, plus so much more! Bonus: buggy treats for you to taste!

This event is repeated on at 1:00 PM the same day.

Register here!

Water, the Source of Civilizations | March 11th 2:00 PM

Presented by Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University

What can works of art tell us about a culture’s relationship to water? Civilizations throughout time and across the globe have responded in different ways to the excess or scarcity of this most important and precious of molecules. Enjoy a guided tour of the collections of Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, engaging with works of art that relate directly to water in daily life, religious ritual, and more.

This event repeats on March 18.

Register here!

Southside River Rendezvous | March 18th 9:00 AM

Presented by Finding the Flint, Flint Riverkeepers, South River Watershed Alliance, Chattahoochee Riverkeepers, American Rivers  

Meet us for the Southside River Rendezvous to explore Atlanta’s three rivers – the Chattahoochee, the Flint, and the South River! You’ll discover some of the Southside’s hidden freshwater features, learn how to collect water samples and watch scientists perform water quality testing!  Southside River Rendezvous is part of an on-going effort to collect water quality data, increase awareness and protection of Atlanta’s three rivers.

Register here!

Taking Out the Trash | March 11th 10:00 AM

Presented by Groundwork Atlanta, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper   

Explore the efforts underway in the Proctor Creek watershed to reduce the volume of trash entering the creek and help partners develop solutions to this problem. This interactive workshop will include a brief tour of a trash trap on the creek, an overview of the trash tracking data process, and hands-on activities for you to explore and share your solutions to reduce trash across the community and keep it out of the creek.

Register here.

Grow Up! | March 11th 10:00 AM

Presented by Produce’d Incorporated  

Grow Up with Grow Blocks!  Grow Blocks are small, efficient hydroponic systems that fit right in with your home décor and produce enough food to feed your family. They use up to 95% less water than traditional gardening. They also cut down on how far food travels to get to you. This means they’re a great environmentally-friendly option! Join us for a guided tour of our farm where you’ll learn all about Grow Blocks. Come and “Grow Up” with us!

This event is repeated on March 11 at 1:00 PM, March 12 at 10:00 AM, and March 12 at 1:00 PM.

Register here.

CHaRM Recycling Tour | March 14th 10:00 AM

Presented by Live Thrive Atlanta’s CHaRM

Have you ever wondered what to do with dated electronics or old bottles of household cleaner? What about textbooks, old cans of paint, or even an old mattress? Join us for a tour of <a href=”https://livethrive.org/charm/”>Live Thrive Atlanta’s CHaRM</a> (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials) Facility, where you’ll learn about what happens to our waste and how to make sustainable changes in your household.

Register here.

Build a Sustainable Lego City! | March 11th 12:00 PM

Presented by MODA   

What is sustainability, and how can this concept help us create better cities for people and our planet? Learn about sustainable design and how we can use it to make cities cleaner, quieter, safer, healthier, and more accessible.

After touring our exhibits space, you’ll be challenged to add to our sustainable Lego city with your own building or feature. Let’s see how awesome we can make our city together!

Get tickets here.

Community Science for Change | March 18th 1:00 PM

Presented by Emory’s HERCULES Exposome Research Center 

Impact your neighborhood through Science! Communities across Atlanta have partnered with the Emory HERCULES Exposome Research Center to tackle local environmental health issues. Step into the shoes of these citizen scientists and experience the tools and methods used to track contaminants, monitor water quality, test air samples, and more. Explore the impacts that citizen scientists all across the city have had on their communities, and see how you could be the next!

Register here.

10 Ways to Help the Planet with CCPL | March 18th 2:00 PM

Presented by Cobb County Public Library System

Impact your neighborhood through Science! Communities across Atlanta have partnered with the Emory HERCULES Exposome Research Center to tackle local environmental health issues. Step into the shoes of these citizen scientists and experience the tools and methods used to track contaminants, monitor water quality, test air samples, and more. Explore the impacts that citizen scientists all across the city have had on their communities, and see how you could be the next!

Register here.

Journey of Our Water | March 22nd 10:30 AM

Presented by Fulton County, Veolia Water, D. Clark Harris Inc.

Ever wonder where our water comes from and what happens to water before and after we use it? Come take an educational journey through the Johns Creek Environmental Campus and learn about the entire water treatment cycle! Watch millions of gallons of water journey through the process of treatment; learn about the latest in treatment technology, all while touring a state-of-the-art treatment facility. See the pipes and actual treated water and learn about where it goes when it’s all cleaned.  A perfect opportunity to find out how your water is kept clean and safe!

Register here.

Science & Society

image of artistic purple car and man dressed in costume

The intersection of science and how it influences the culture of the world at large truly brings to life the value of STEM learning. These 2023 Atlanta Science Festival events are all about what science means for society. Start planning your Atlanta Science Festival experience with these events, taking place  March 10-25.

Water, the Source of Civilizations | March 11th 2:00 PM

Presented by Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University

What can works of art tell us about a culture’s relationship to water? Civilizations throughout time and across the globe have responded in different ways to the excess or scarcity of this most important and precious of molecules. Enjoy a guided tour of the collections of Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, engaging with works of art that relate directly to water in daily life, religious ritual, and more.

This event repeats on March 18.

Register here!

Conversations in Creativity with Science Gallery Atlanta | March 12th 1:00 PM

Presented by Science Gallery Atlanta

Art and science are often unfairly placed at opposite ends of the spectrum. The overlaps between the two abound with art inspiring science, science inspiring art, and above all – creativity guiding both. Join Science Gallery, an arts x science venue in Atlanta, for a conversation about creativity and how artists and scientists leverage the intersection of art and science to provoke dialogue and solutions for shared global challenges.

No registration necessary

#SpeakUpForScience | March 14th 12:00 PM

Presented by Science for Georgia

What do we want? Democracy! When do we want it? Now! But how do we get there? Speaking with your legislators is a perfect example of democracy in action. They can only serve community needs if they know what you care about. If science is what you care about, log in for this online session with Science for Georgia and learn how to effectively share your opinion with your legislator. Then come see our booth at the Exploration Expo to learn more about how you can get involved!

Register here!

The Molecular World with Dr. Pete | March 14th 6:30 PM

Presented by Doctor Pete Productions LLC

Dr. Pete’s decades of experience as a molecular modeling researcher and stand-up comedian bring you a hilarious look at the chemicals that affect your life every day. Using simulations and demonstrations we will finally decipher those funny-sounding ingredients in the side panels on consumer products.

No registration necessary

The Story Collider | March 16th 7:30 PM

Presented by The Story Collider

The Story Collider brings true, personal stories about science to life. At this live show, you’ll hear scientists tell heartwarming (and heartbreaking) stories about their failures, successes, and everything in between, and you’ll also hear from people who haven’t had a formal connection to science in years. Science is a part of all of our lives and The Story Collider brings chemists, comedians, actors, neuroscientists, writers, and physicists alike onto the stage to tell their (true) stories.

Get tickets here!

HealthHacks 2023 | March 18th 9:00 AM

Presented by Emory’s Citizen Science Health and Diversity  

Interested in science and public health? Would you like to dabble in coding? Join us Saturday and Sunday for a deep dive into coding at HealthHacks2023, an annual health themed hackathon for middle and high school girls, and present your final hacked solution at our closing presentation Sunday evening! Come learn to code with Scratch and create your own project to address global health problems! All levels of expertise are welcome, especially those without prior coding experience!

Register here!

Afro-STEM | March 18th 9:00 AM

Presented by West Atlanta Watershed Alliance

The West Atlanta Watershed Alliance presents Afro-STEM, a celebration of science through an Afrocentric lens! Much of our modern world, including technology, medicine, art, and even space exploration, has been shaped by black and African thinkers and cultures. Join our “fair-style” event as we recognize and explore those contributions. Participate in hands-on STE(A)M activities, interactive presentations, and engaging demonstrations inspired by black and African scientists, inventors, artists, cultures, and history.

Note there are two additional sessions of this event noon, and 2:00 PM.

Register here!

STEM GEMs: Giving Girls Role Models | March 18th 10:30 AM

Presented by STEM Gems, Spelman College 

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 the 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 their STEM journeys. 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!

Register here!

Does AI Recognize Me? | March 18th 1:00 PM

Presented by Emory University 

Silicon Valley dominates AI tech like voice and face recognition. We use these daily, but do they work for everyone – or you? The less you are like the technology creators, the less likely these technologies will work for you. This workshop will show you how to make the technology work for you, and will give you a kick start by teaching you many of the important ideas. You will get hands-on experience training AI to recognize your voice and face.

Register here!

Community Science for Change | March 18th 1:00 PM

Presented by Emory’s HERCULES Exposome Research Center 

Impact your neighborhood through Science! Communities across Atlanta have partnered with the Emory HERCULES Exposome Research Center to tackle local environmental health issues. Step into the shoes of these citizen scientists and experience the tools and methods used to track contaminants, monitor water quality, test air samples, and more. Explore the impacts that citizen scientists all across the city have had on their communities, and see how you could be the next!

Register here.

Journey of Our Water | March 22nd 10:30 AM

Presented by Fulton County, Veolia Water, D. Clark Harris Inc.

Ever wonder where our water comes from and what happens to water before and after we use it? Come take an educational journey through the Johns Creek Environmental Campus and learn about the entire water treatment cycle! Watch millions of gallons of water journey through the process of treatment; learn about the latest in treatment technology, all while touring a state-of-the-art treatment facility. See the pipes and actual treated water and learn about where it goes when it’s all cleaned.  A perfect opportunity to find out how your water is kept clean and safe!

Register here.

Science & Spirituality | March 23rd 7:00 PM

Presented by First Christian Church of Decatur, Gentle Spirit Christian Church of Atlanta 

What are the intersections and shared pathways of science and spirituality, of physics and faith, of biology and belief? Belief in a loving God may be nice if you have it, but what if you aren’t wired that way? What if your main mode of being is by thinking, wondering, and questioning? Who says the only way to encounter the holy is through faith? Can people connect via the mind, or intellectualism, or reasoning?  Join us as we explore the overlaps of science and spirituality. Our panel of local scientists and theologians will explore and offer a wide range of insights and offerings in a safe space for open dialogue.

No registration necessary.

Pet or Pest? Why Humans Love Some Animals and Loathe Others | March 23rd 7:00 PM

Presented by Emory University, Georgia Center for the Book 

Humans spend a lot of energy distinguishing between the animals we invite into our lives and the ones we chase away. But whether we consider a cat, a rat, a wolf, or even an elephant a hero or a villain depends on what we want from them — and what we decide reveals more about us than it does about them. Science journalist Bethany Brookshire talks about her new book “PESTS: How Humans Create Animal Villains” (Ecco) to journalist and author Maryn McKenna.

This virtual event is part of the ongoing Emory University “Health Storytelling” series.

Register here!