Atlanta Science Festival Unveils 2024 Programming

Atlanta Science Festival 2024 Presented by Delta

Atlanta’s Preeminent, Annual Science Celebration Announces More than 100 Events Taking Place March 9–23

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 9–23. All ages can experience more than 100 interactive and educational events. The Exploration Expo, a giant science bash in Piedmont Park, returns as the grand finale of the Festival.

“The Atlanta Science Festival aims to celebrate science and spark curiosity,” says Meisa Salaita, executive co-director of Science ATL–the engineers of the Atlanta Science Festival. “We are thrilled for this year’s Festival and look forward to seeing the community come together through their appreciation for science.”

The 2024 Atlanta Science Festival allows both children and adults to explore a variety of topics such as AI and brain imaging, amphibians and snapping turtles, circus acts and coffee, bugs and birds, walks through oak forests, and storytelling shows.

The Festival will kickstart with the Science and Engineering Day at Georgia Tech. An array of hands-on STEAM activities, exhibits, and demonstrations will feature robotics, brains, biology, space, art, nanotechnology, paper, computer science, wearable tech, bioengineering, chemical engineering, systems engineering, and more. Additionally, guests will have opportunities to meet student researchers and learn about the exciting things happening at Georgia Tech.

All Atlanta Science Festival events take place at venues throughout metro Atlanta. Many 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.–5 p.m. March 23, Free, Piedmont Park, at the intersection of Charles Allen Drive and 10th Street, Atlanta.)

“We’re honored to create a space that showcases the talent, innovation, and creativity in the world of science,” Salaita says. “Our goal is to provide outlets that ensure underrepresented voices are heard, and that the reach of science learning continues to expand and be accessible to all.”

Technology

Technology - futuristic room

Into tech? We’ve got events for you! See the latest in brain imaging, see how tech is advancing the arts and healthcare, and more. Get your tech fill at these Atlanta Science Festival events, taking place March 9-23.

Georgia Tech Science & Engineering Day | March 9th 10:00 AM

Presented by Georgia Institute of Technology 

Kickoff the 2024 Atlanta Science Festival with Georgia Tech!

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!

Neuroscience is Looking for a Few Good Brains! | March 9th 11:00 AM

Presented by Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Join the GSU/GT Center for Advanced Brain Imaging (CABI) to explore what neuroscience can teach us about how the brain works! Take our interactive center tour and join researchers from Georgia State University and Georgia Tech as we explore the health and development of the brain using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other techniques. All age groups are welcome to attend and learn more about how you can volunteer to participate in critical studies at CABI that help us understand how the brain changes over the lifespan and how to resolve concerns about reading, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, tumors, and more. Expert scientists lead this interactive tour and field all your burning questions about what’s going on inside your brain!

Register here!

Guthman Music, Art, and Technology Fair | March 9th 4:00 PM

Presented by Georgia Institute of Technology

Get hands-on experience with the latest experiments in art and technology! Meet the people who are inventing the future of art and music and try out the amazing stuff they’ve created at this hands-on, science-fair-style event.

No registration necessary.

Guthman Musical Instrument Competition | March 9th 7:00 PM

Presented by Georgia Tech School of Music, Georgia Tech Arts  

See the world’s most innovative new musical instruments, meet their creators, hear them in concert, and vote on your favorites! The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition at Georgia Tech is a celebration of how science, engineering, art, and design help us imagine new ways to express ourselves through music.

Get tickets here.

The Science of Animation | March 10th 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 you’ll explore how animated images are created and make your own optical toys and animations to take home!

This event repeats on March 17th at 12:00 PM.

Get tickets here.

AI.Humanity: a Crash Course in Large Language Models | March 15 1:00 PM

Presented by Emory University 

In the midst of an AI boom, everyone is looking to master the new tech. Aren’t you? Join Emory University’s AI.Humanity Initiative and the Center for AI Learning to get started! This interactive workshop, tailored to beginners with limited technical experience, provides a overview of large-language models (LLMs), a highly popular use-case of artificial intelligence. We’ll walk through examples all the way from design to development and even deployment into real world use and problem solving.

Register here!

Proton Precision: Inside Emory’s Proton Therapy Center | March 16th 10:00 AM

Presented by Emory Proton Therapy Center

Get a behind the scenes look into the Emory Proton Therapy Center’s cutting edge technology; high energy proton beams that target cancer with sub-millimeter precision. Learn the physics behind the treatment, and get a hands-on opportunity to treat the “patient” in your tour group!  Join us for a journey through our clinical workflow and engaging activities on the Medical Physics concepts behind imaging, treatment planning, and radiation delivery.

Register here!

Tech: Arts – Exploring Art Using Extended Reality | March 17th 2:00 PM

Presented by The Fulton County Public Art Futures Lab

Explore the intersection of art and technology at the Fulton County Public Art Futures Lab. Put on a virtual reality headset and paint in an immersive environment, or explore the use of augmented reality and art. Learn how technology opens up new avenues to create and experience art! Open to ages 7+.

Register here.

Twilight Trek – Wild Technology at the Zoo! | March 22nd 6:30 PM

Presented by Zoo Atlanta 

Experience the Zoo in a new way on this guided after-hours tour! Families will have the opportunity to get hands-on with some of the technology used to study animals in zoos and in the wild. Our Zoo Educators will introduce participants to Forward Looking InfraRed technology, trail cameras, night-vision scopes, radio telemetry, and Passive Integrated Transponders. Join the adventure as you learn how these tools are used by humans to better understand and help animals!

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Rocking with Geology

Rocking with Geology - cement sculpture

Rocks rock! This slew of events will answer all your questions about geology. We’ll learn about the rocks that make up our nearby mountains, rocks that our city buildings are made out of, and even rocks in outer space. Come rock with us at the Atlanta Science Festival, taking place March 9-23.

Cemeteries Rock! A Geology Walk at Oakland Cemetery | March 9th 11:00 AM

Presented by Historic Oakland Foundation

Cemeteries are more than just resting places for the dead. They are excellent places to study local geology! Join us for a special walking tour of Oakland Cemetery where we explore Georgia Geology by studying the unique headstones throughout the grounds.

This event repeats on March 21st at 4:00 PM.

Register here.

Rock n’ Walk | March 9th 1:00 PM

Presented by GSU Geosciences, Stone Mountain Memorial Association

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

Exploring the Dazzling World of Gems and Minerals | March 13th, times vary

Presented by Department of Life and Earth Science of Perimeter College, Georgia State University

Prepare for a dazzling gemological journey that’s perfect for kids and families. Engage in hands-on experiments making gems and crystals glow in the dark, or run away from a magnet, or split light into different colors or move images to strange locations. You will work with beautiful crystals and vibrant gemstones. Ignite your curiosity and leave with a newfound appreciation for the beauty and science of these precious natural wonders. Get ready to unearth the magic of gems and minerals!

Register here.

Roadside Geology | March 14th 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 repeats on March 17th at 2:00 PM.

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Stars, Space Rocks, and Other Out of this World Awesomeness | March 15th 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 meteorite samples and space stuff for you to get a close look at under microscopes. Come on out for a space-tacular time!

No registration necessary.

Nature Navigators: Arabia Mountain | March 16th 10:00 AM

Presented by Science ATL  

It’s a special edition Nature Navigators – for ASF! We’re headed out to one of Atlanta’s most unique habitats: Arabia Mountain. A perfect place to explore the rich history and ecology that Atlanta has to offer; from the history of the quarry to the unique specimen that call the mountain home, like the iconic red elf orpine! Expect a slow saunter through the woods with stops for observation and exploration.

Register here.

Out of this World

Out of this world - Telescope

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 9-23.

Decatur Makers Solar Science Celebration! | March 9th 12:00 PM

Presented by Decatur Makers 

Shine a light on your creative curiosity with Decatur Maker’s Solar Science Festival!  From experiments in the sun to eclipse demonstrations, from Make & Takes to 3D Printer, Laser Cutter, and E-Shop Eclipse Viewer Creation Demonstrations, people of all ages will enjoy the sunny maker merriment.  So come celebrate the sun, learn new creative skills, and take home an Eclipse Viewer to continue your cosmic explorations during April’s eclipse!

Get tickets here.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: The Search for Life in the Universe | March 10th 3:00 PM

Presented by Fox Theatre

Beginning with Mars, we review the ongoing effort to search for habitable planets, liquid water, and life in the cosmos, culminating in the search for intelligent life, whether it already exists on Earth. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator with the uncanny ability to simplify complex cosmic concepts that the average person understands and finds entertaining.

The first 200 people to use code ASF2024 get 25% off select tickets!

*Offer is subject to availability

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Daylight Stargazing with Georgia Tech| March 14th 9:45 AM

Presented by STEM@GTRI, Georgia Tech Observatory

Join the Georgia Tech Observatory and STEM@GTRI for an astronomical nighttime observation — during the day! Using the Observatory’s Aloha Telescope, located on Maui, we’ll have the opportunity to give YOU control of the telescope to view the Moon, galaxies, nebula, and more! Tune in from wherever you are, school, work or home for this virtual experience.

Register here.

Cosmic Theology: Exploring Faith and Astrobiology | March 14th 7:00 PM

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

In a world where science and religion are often seen as polarizing forces, we aim to bridge the gap between science and religion. Astrobiology and spirituality share a common basis: the search for understanding our place in the universe. Join First Christian Church of Decatur, Gentle Spirit Christian Church, and Georgia Tech Astrobiology for this panel discussion and open dialogue blending science and spirituality. By bringing these two topics together, we’ll think critically and creatively about the mysteries of the universe and our place within it.

No registration necessary.

Stars, Space Rocks, and Other Out of this World Awesomeness | March 15th 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 meteorite samples and space stuff for you to get a close look at under microscopes. Come on out for a space-tacular time!

No registration necessary.

How Do Astronauts Stay Healthy in Space? | March 15th 5:30 PM

Presented by Jennifer Swanson Books, Mayo Clinic Press 

How do astronauts sleep in space? What do they eat? And how does microgravity change their eyes and their hearts? Award-winning children’s STEM author Jennifer Swanson will explore all of the COOL things that astronauts do while living in microgravity as told in her book, Spacecare: The Kids’ Guide to Surviving Space (Mayo Clinic Press Kids/Smithsonian). With interactive activities, awesome pictures and videos, this presentation will give you some out-of-this world knowledge about what it’s like to live in space!

No registration necessary.

Astronomy of Star Wars | March 18th 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

Paranormal Phenomena and Pseudo-sciences | March 21st 6:00 PM

Presented by GSU Perimeter College  

Flat Earth, aliens, astrology, oh my! What’s science? What isn’t? Join scientists and academics to dig into the evidence and science behind these topics and more!

No registration necessary.

Food & Drink

Food and Drink - man tending to plant produce

If you are so into science, you live, breathe and eat it, then these events are for you! Dive into the science of your food and drink with these events about coffee, ice cream and more at the Atlanta Science Festival, taking place March 9-23.

Grow UP!  | March 9th, times vary

Presented by Produce’d

Grow Up with Grow Blocks! Grow Blocks are small, efficient vertical hydroponic garden 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.  Join us for a guided tour of our indoor hydroponic farm where you’ll learn all about Grow Blocks, see our germination room, and pollination room with our in-house pollinating bees! Come and “Grow Up” with us!

This event repeats on March 10th at varying times.

Register here.

Atlanta Fermentation Festival | March 10th 12:00 PM

Presented by Atlanta Fermentation Festival , Cultured South, Golda Kombucha , Atlanta Utility Works

For the love of fermentation! Fermentation Fest in conjunction with Atlanta Science Festival is a family event providing education, hands-on fun, and a diverse experience for all ages. Kids and adults alike can explore the art of preserving and flavoring foods and beverages while enjoying a day filled with hands-on activities, interactive demos, and live entertainment. From funky kimchi to fizzy kombucha, there’s something for everyone to savor. Bring your curiosity and your appetite, and let your senses ferment with delight at this one-of-a-kind festival celebrating the delicious alchemy of fermentation

Get tickets here.

Coffee Palate Practice: Berry | March 13th 10:00 AM

Presented by Opo Coffee

Those little coffee beans can pack a wild variety of flavors. Think you can you taste hints of berry in your morning cup? Let’s find out! In this flavorful coffee exploration, we’ll use standardized objective references for flavor and aroma perception to calibrate our senses for what “strawberry”, “raspberry”, and “blueberry” really mean as coffee descriptors. Then we’ll put our skills to the test by seeing which tasting notes we can pick out from a  fresh brew of Opo Coffee!

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Science of Cheese! | March 13th 6:30 PM

Presented by Emory University Weeks Lab, Capella Cheese

Indulge your senses at Science of Cheese, a unique event blending delicious flavors with intellectual intrigue. Delve into the world of cheeses through curated tastings by Capella Cheese, while being guided by scientists from Emory University and the University of Georgia. Explore the science behind the chemistry of cheese, physics of texture and aging techniques! This gourmet adventure offers a rare combination of culinary enjoyment and scientific discovery. Join us for an awesome experience where palates are delighted, and minds are inspired.

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A Scoop of Science | March 16th 4:00 PM

Presented by Science for Georgia

We all scream for ice cream! But have you ever really thought about what it is? A liquid? A solid? A glass? Ice cream has more in common with toothpaste, froth, and glass than you might expect. Join physicists Daniel Sussman and Michael Czajkowski for an exploration of the physics of disordered solids, and answers to the questions you never knew to ask about ice cream. ​We promise the only brain freeze will come from the ice cream, not from the science!

Ticket price includes ice cream following the event!

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Seeds and Spores: a Botany and Mycology Cultivation Workshop | March 16th, times vary

Presented by Wylde Center, Mycologic Solutions, Gowin Valley Farms, Kennesaw State University

Embark on a journey into the fascinating worlds of mycology and botany at our cultivation workshop! Delve into the art of growing mushrooms from spores and nurturing plants from seeds as our expert guides lead you through hands-on cultivation techniques. Immerse yourself in the science and craft behind these natural wonders. But the excitement doesn’t end there! After the workshop, tantalize your taste buds with a unique tasting experience, featuring delectable creations crafted from the very seeds and mushrooms you’ve just cultivated. Join us for a day of discovery, cultivation, and culinary delight – where science meets flavor in an unforgettable exploration of nature’s bounty!

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Magical Milk: A Color Explosion | March 18th 11:00 AM

Presented by Georgia State University – Perimeter College

Make an explosion in your kitchen! Would you rather that your little one has an unplanned catastrophic explosion in your kitchen or would you prefer a carefully planned and educational explosion? Maybe you are thinking no explosion at all! Well, trust us that with only three common kitchen items, we will use the scientific method to design an experiment that will have your kids thrilled by the explosion of colors created when these molecules interact. Have your preschoolers, elementary, and middle schoolers wear their favorite color(s) or tie-dyed attire at this explosive event.

Register here.

Coffee Palate Practice: Nutty | March 20th 10:00 AM

Presented by Opo Coffee

Those little coffee beans can pack a wild variety of flavors. Think you can you taste hints of nuttiness in your morning cup? Let’s find out! In this flavorful coffee exploration, we’ll use standardized objective references for flavor and aroma perception to calibrate our senses for what “hazelnut”, “almond”, and “peanut” really mean as coffee descriptors. Then we’ll put our skills to the test by seeing which tasting notes we can pick out from a fresh brew of Opo Coffee!

Get tickets here.

Coffee Extraction Science | March 21st 10:00 AM

Presented by Opo Coffee

We’re using science to brew the perfect cup of coffee! Turns out human taste for what makes a good cup of joe comes down to a handful of factors that we can measure and quantify. Join us at the Opo Coffee Training Lab while we taste various coffees and take measurements using a refractometer, discussing how extraction and strength matter in a tasty cup of your morning coffee.

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Science & The Arts

Science and Art - guy playing on colorful guitar

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 9-23.

WEIRD SCIENCE DOODLE FACTS with Mike Lowery and Little Shop of Stories | March 9th 11:00 AM

Presented by Mike Lowery Studio, Little Shop of Stories, Halfway Crooks 

Discover a world of weird science facts with New York Times Bestselling Illustrator & Author Author & Illustrator Mike Lowery! Take a deep dive with Mike into the Everything Awesome book series, his ultimate fact collection with amazing facts, hilarious science jokes, and more. Enjoy a group sketching activity and a book signing, too. Tickets are free with registration; however, Lowery’s Everything Awesome book series will be available for pre-ordering from Little Shop of Stories for the event.

Register here.

Piece of Mind: Film Screening & Workshop on Dementia Experiences | March 9th 3:30 PM

Presented by Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, National Circus School of Montreal – Centre for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (CRITAC)

Place yourself in the performer’s shoes in this interactive workshop following the screening of Piece of Mind: Dementia – an artistic performance highlighting scientific research and lived experiences of dementia. Together, Piece of Mind performers and attendees will dissect specific scenes from the film, discussing the creative process and delving into the underlying information, emotions and metaphors through creative movement. This workshop is hosted by Montreal-based circus and dance artists and scientists/clinicians/advocates from local Atlanta institutes.

Register here!

Guthman Music, Art, and Technology Fair | March 9th 4:00 PM

Presented by Georgia Institute of Technology

Get hands-on experience with the latest experiments in art and technology! Meet the people who are inventing the future of art and music and try out the amazing stuff they’ve created at this hands-on, science-fair-style event.

No registration necessary.

Guthman Musical Instrument Competition | March 9th 7:00 PM

Presented by Georgia Tech School of Music, Georgia Tech Arts  

See the world’s most innovative new musical instruments, meet their creators, hear them in concert, and vote on your favorites! The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition at Georgia Tech is a celebration of how science, engineering, art, and design help us imagine new ways to express ourselves through music.

Get tickets here.

Science of the Circus | March 10th Times Vary

Presented by Extant Dream, Challenge Aerial, and Atlanta Circus Alliance

Ladies and Gentlemen! Step right up and be amazed by the Science of the Circus! Discover the ways circus performers use science to make their amazing acts come to life. Performers demonstrate their skills while scientific presenters explain the science behind the acts. You’ll even get a chance to experience the sciencey circus fun for yourself!

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The Science of Animation | March 10th 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 you’ll explore how animated images are created and make your own optical toys and animations to take home! 

This event repeats on March 17th at 12:00 PM.

Get tickets here.

Art of Activism: Stewards of the Wild | March 10th 1:00 PM

Presented by Wild Cumberland, 7 Stages Theatre  

Settle into your seat at 7 Stages for an immersive experience like you’ve never seen! Inspired by Cumberland Island, artist Dorothy O’Connor, transports you to this national treasure on the Georgia seashore. An experience celebrating empowerment and advocacy in nature, this immersive experience sets the stage for “True North”, a new theatrical experience produced by 7 Stages Theatre. Join scientists, advocates, and artists for a completely different kind of conservation conversation! 

Register here.

SPIDERS IN MY HOUSE! Puppets + Science = MAGIC! | March 10th 1:30 PM

Presented by Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts’ award-winning Digital Learning department invites ASF audiences to join us online on Sunday, March 10th at 1:30pm for a live, interactive, fun-filled program that celebrates the wonderful creatures we call SPIDERS! This program is created for curious learners ages 6-12 but is fun for the WHOLE FAMILY! Part science class, part puppet building workshop, with a little bit of puppet show thrown in, you’ll learn about the attributes, life cycles and behaviors of spiders plus build your own spider marionette!

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Science Behind the Scenes: Chemistry of Paint | March 10th 2:00 PM

Presented by Science ATL, Science Gallery

Splash into the science behind the brush strokes! From the vibrant pigments of Monet’s Water Lilies, to the unique textures of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, participants explore the chemistry behind the paint that makes up so many beloved works of art. It’s an art and science mashup that you don’t want to miss! 

Register here!

Performing Data: Neurodegenerative Disease Research and Lived Experience Share the Stage | March 10th 7:00 PM

Presented by Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, McGill University, National Circus School of Montreal – Centre for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer

How can we bring complex issues like Parkinson’s Disease to life through the arts? Co-created by neuroscientists, performing artists, people living with Parkinson’s disease and caregivers, Piece of Mind unites neuroscientific knowledge and lived experiences on the same stage. Through impressive acrobats, absurd theatrics, moving choreographies, and audience participation, the artists seek to shed light on challenges and resilience in face of Parkinson’s disease, address social stigma and misperceptions, and pique curiosity on current research avenues. Following the performance, we’ll have a live panel with the research team, performers, and local experts on Parkinson’s disease. 

Register here!

Science Improv | March 13th 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.

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That’s Not Right! Debunking Science in Cinema | March 13th 7:30 PM

Presented by IEEE-Atlanta, Halfway Crooks 

Have you ever found yourself watching a movie and thought to yourself, “That’s not right!”   Well, you’re not alone. Join IEEE-Atlanta for a fun night of bad science as we highlight our favorite movie inaccuracies. We encourage folks to bring their favorite example of science gone wrong.

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Tech: Arts – Exploring Art Using Extended Reality | March 17th 2:00 PM

Presented by The Fulton County Public Art Futures Lab

Explore the intersection of art and technology at the Fulton County Public Art Futures Lab. Put on a virtual reality headset and paint in an immersive environment, or explore the use of augmented reality and art. Learn how technology opens up new avenues to create and experience art! Open to ages 7+. 

Register here.

Stories Worth Sharing | March 19th 8:00 PM

Presented by Stories Worth Sharing, Red Light Cafe

Storytelling is all about sharing our humanity on stage and finding points of connection. Let’s find these connection points through science with our special Science Festival theme: “Experiment”. Come ready to tell a story or just listen! Storytellers, bring your 5 to 7 minute true, personal story on the theme of “experiment” and put your name in the hat! We want to hear your stories! No standup or poetry, please.

No registration necessary.

The “Language” of Birds | March 20th 7:00 PM

Presented by Emory University, Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble, Chattahoochee Nature Center

Many birds produce an incredible variety of complex vocalizations, resulting in intricate songs that have inspired artists for generations. However, are these beautiful birdsongs a language? Come explore some of the analogs between birdsong and human language and learn some of the incredible ways studying birdsong has helped us understand human speech and enjoy a bird song-inspired music recital by the Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble!

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Jazz Hands: A Science Comedy Event | March 21st 7:00 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?” 

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The Story Collider | March 21st 7:30 PM

Presented by The Story Collider, Science ATL

Join the Story Collider for an evening of true, personal stories about science! At this live show, you’ll hear scientists and non-scientists tell heartwarming (and heartbreaking) science stories about their failures, successes, and everything in between. Doors open at 7:00pm.

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Bouquet: Neuroscience in Motion | March 21st 8:00 PM

Presented by Rogue Wave Dance, Drew Charter School

Dance and science?! Come check out Rogue Wave Dance as we share our latest work! Neuroscientists classify individuals as dandelions (resilient & able to thrive in a variety of environments), orchids (highly sensitive), or tulips (in between). Bouquet looks at our backgrounds to assess what type of flower we have become. In this, we ask the audience to consider what their own flower might be, and how it feels to be a part of the greater meadow, your community.

This event repeats on March 22 at 7:00 PM.

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Health and the Human Body

Health and the Human Body - woman sitting outdoors

Learn about the amazing science of health, the human body, and everything in between! These 2024 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 9-23.

Neuroscience is Looking for a Few Good Brains! | March 9th 11:00 AM

Presented by Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Join the GSU/GT Center for Advanced Brain Imaging (CABI) to explore what neuroscience can teach us about how the brain works! Take our interactive center tour and join researchers from Georgia State University and Georgia Tech as we explore the health and development of the brain using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other techniques. All age groups are welcome to attend and learn more about how you can volunteer to participate in critical studies at CABI that help us understand how the brain changes over the lifespan and how to resolve concerns about reading, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, tumors, and more. Expert scientists lead this interactive tour and field all your burning questions about what’s going on inside your brain!

Register here!

Science Rx: Family Science Day at Monday Night Garage | March 9th 11:00 AM

Presented by Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Monday Night Garage

Have you got a fever for science? We’ve got the prescription! Join Mercer College of Pharmacy’s student pharmacists and professors as they guide you through some fun pharm-inspired science. Plus, parents can enjoy a cold brew – a win-win for everyone!

No registration necessary.

Piece of Mind: Film Screening & Workshop on Dementia Experiences | March 9th 3:30 PM

Presented by Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, National Circus School of Montreal – Centre for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (CRITAC)

Place yourself in the performer’s shoes in this interactive workshop following the screening of Piece of Mind: Dementia – an artistic performance highlighting scientific research and lived experiences of dementia. Together, Piece of Mind performers and attendees will dissect specific scenes from the film, discussing the creative process and delving into the underlying information, emotions and metaphors through creative movement. This workshop is hosted by Montreal-based circus and dance artists and scientists/clinicians/advocates from local Atlanta institutes.

Register here!

Performing Data: Neurodegenerative Disease Research and Lived Experience Share the Stage | March 10th 7:00 PM

Presented by Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, McGill University, National Circus School of Montreal – Centre for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer

How can we bring complex issues like Parkinson’s Disease to life through the arts? Co-created by neuroscientists, performing artists, people living with Parkinson’s disease and caregivers, Piece of Mind unites neuroscientific knowledge and lived experiences on the same stage. Through impressive acrobats, absurd theatrics, moving choreographies, and audience participation, the artists seek to shed light on challenges and resilience in face of Parkinson’s disease, address social stigma and misperceptions, and pique curiosity on current research avenues. Following the performance, we’ll have a live panel with the research team, performers, and local experts on Parkinson’s disease.

Register here!

Nature’s Pharmacy with Emory University Herbarium | March 12th 6:30 PM

Presented by Emory University Herbarium 

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. Blend your own tea and create a DIY herbarium keepsake to take home!

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How Do Astronauts Stay Healthy in Space? | March 15th 5:30 PM

Presented by Jennifer Swanson Books, Mayo Clinic Press 

How do astronauts sleep in space? What do they eat? And how does microgravity change their eyes and their hearts? Award-winning children’s STEM author Jennifer Swanson will explore all of the COOL things that astronauts do while living in microgravity as told in her book, Spacecare: The Kids’ Guide to Surviving Space (Mayo Clinic Press Kids/Smithsonian). With interactive activities, awesome pictures and videos, this presentation will give you some out-of-this world knowledge about what it’s like to live in space!

No registration  necessary.

Carnival in your Cranium: Exploring the Brain | March 16th Times Vary

Presented by Fernbank Museum

Welcome to the carnival inside your cranium. Let’s embark on a fascinating ride through the intricate pathways of the brain. Engage in mind-boggling puzzles that challenge your neurons to connect in ways you never thought possible. Explore the marvels of neuroplasticity as you tackle brain teasers, enhancing your cognitive flexibility and problem-solving skills. Witness the power of teamwork as participants collaborate to unravel the mysteries of the mind, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared achievement.

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Proton Precision: Inside Emory’s Proton Therapy Center | March 16th 10:00 AM

Presented by Emory Proton Therapy Center

Get a behind the scenes look into the Emory Proton Therapy Center’s cutting edge technology; high energy proton beams that target cancer with sub-millimeter precision. Learn the physics behind the treatment, and get a hands-on opportunity to treat the “patient” in your tour group!  Join us for a journey through our clinical workflow and engaging activities on the Medical Physics concepts behind imaging, treatment planning, and radiation delivery.

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Science Rx: Family Science Day at Hop City | March 16th 11:00 AM

Presented by Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Hop City

Have you got a fever for science? We’ve got the prescription! Join Mercer College of Pharmacy’s student pharmacists and professors as they guide you through some fun pharm-inspired science. Plus, parents can enjoy a cold brew – a win-win for everyone!

No registration necessary.

Is Pharmacy for Me? | March 19th 7:00 PM

Presented by Mercer University College of Pharmacy

Ever thought about a healthcare career? Consider pharmacy! Pharmacists are everywhere – researching life-saving medicines, leading large healthcare organizations, on the front lines of healthcare, and more.

You’ll learn about this fascinating healthcare segment from alumni and professors from Atlanta’s own Mercer University College of Pharmacy.

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Our Disappearing Microbes | March 21st 6:00 PM

Presented by Georgia State University  

Dive into the microscopic world with “The Invisible Extinction”! Join us for an eye-opening film screening that unveils how important microbes are for our health and how our lifestyles may be causing their demise. After the movie, enjoy some live Q&A of microbial experts and medical doctors as they unravel the science behind these tiny superheroes. Discover the incredible impact of microbes on our world and get ready for an evening of enlightenment and lively discussion. Don’t miss this chance to explore the unseen universe that surrounds us.

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Crawling Critters

Crawling Critters - kid holding a bug

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 the little (and maybe not-so-little) crawling and slithering critters here in Atlanta. Start planning your animal encounters at the Atlanta Science Festival, taking place March 9-23.

Animals in Motion: Biomechanics Day at Zoo Atlanta | March 9th 11:00 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 Institute of Technology, guests can participate in live demonstrations and presentations sure to generate excitement about biomechanics and applications in Bio-inspired Design. No matter your age, you’ll walk away engaged and inspired to learn more about yourself and the natural world.

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Salamander Stroll | March 9th 11:00 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.

No registration necessary.

Tiny Monsters of Sibley Pond | March 16th 1:00 PM

Presented by National Park Service

Join the National Park Service staff for a tiny monster hunt! Discover the extraordinary bio-diversity of strange, weird, and amazing creatures that live in Sibley Pond. Search through leaf litter, dig through detritus, collect critters and more! This is a hands on, get your fingers dirty field investigation. What tiny monsters will you find lurking in Sibley Pond?

This event repeats March 17th at 1:00 p.m.

No registration necessary

Bugs Bonanza: An Adventure into the world of insects! | March 9th, times vary

Presented by Fernbank Museum 

The smallest creatures teach us the biggest lessons about life. In the world of entomology, every bug has a story to tell, and each one is more exciting than the last. Discover and explore the miniature world universe filled with six legged creatures!

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Little 5 Points Pollinator Parade | March 10th 1:00 PM

Presented by Little 5 Points Business Association

Join the L5P Business Association’s Pollinator Parade! Dress up as pollinators and meet at Sevananda, our local health food store. First, you’ll learn about the vital role of pollinators from guests speakers of the Environmental Protection Division and Georgia Tech. While there, you’ll enjoy healthy snacks and discover how pollinators impact our food. Then let’s share our love of pollinators with the town! We’ll parade thru L5P, visiting stores adorned with flowers & plants. Let’s celebrate nature and education together!

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SPIDERS IN MY HOUSE! Puppets + Science = MAGIC! | March 10th 1:30 PM

Presented by Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts’ award-winning Digital Learning department invites ASF audiences to join us online on Sunday, March 10th at 1:30pm for a live, interactive, fun-filled program that celebrates the wonderful creatures we call SPIDERS! This program is created for curious learners ages 6-12 but is fun for the WHOLE FAMILY! Part science class, part puppet building workshop, with a little bit of puppet show thrown in, you’ll learn about the attributes, life cycles and behaviors of spiders plus build your own spider marionette!

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A Bug’s Life in the Urban Forest: The wonderful world of Insects on the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum | March 16th 10:00 AM

Presented by Trees Atlanta  

Calling all insect lovers for a special sensory edition of What’s Happening on the BeltLine: A Bug’s Life. Local experts will lead us on a walk of the Atlanta Westside BeltLine Arboretum where we will discover the vast networks of insects living right under our nose in our Atlanta Urban Forest. Learn how trees, insects, and people are all part of the same cycle and what we can do to support the urban forest, insect communities, and human health. This exploration along the Arboretum will challenge you to take a closer look at the interconnected world of these misunderstood organisms. Following the walk will be a special presentation of edible insects in our environment.

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Not Just Newts: Behind the Scenes at the Amphibian Foundation | March 16th 2:00 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.

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Biology of the Despised: Snapping Turtles | March 17th 2:00 PM

Presented by The Amphibian Foundation   

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. This year, we’re dispelling myths about one strong jawed, misunderstood critter: Snapping Turtles. AF has been working with the community for many years to help people discern facts from fiction when it comes to our local wildlife. Come explore these awe-inspiring animals, and let’s see how much of that fear is actually fascination.

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Urban Slug Walk | March 17th 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 a local 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.

No registration necessary.

Life in the Stream: A Journey into Salamander Biology | March 17th 3:00 PM

Presented by Kennesaw State University  

Slither into the world of salamanders at a local stream in Cascade Springs! Discover the secrets of their fascinating life cycles, from tiny eggs to elusive adults, through engaging hands-on activities and expert-led field excursions. During this interactive event, you’ll become a salamander scientist by identifying various salamander species and locating salamander eggs, larvae, and adults. Join us on a journey into the hidden lives of these extraordinary amphibians!

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Plants, Big & Small

Plants Big and Small - acorns on a tree

Atlanta is the City in the Forest, but we’re also surrounded by all sorts of other cool plants. Come on out to these Atlanta Science Festival events, taking place March 9-23, to immerse yourself in a lush world of all things green!

Nature Scavenger Hunt | March 9th – 22nd, daylight hours

Presented by DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs

Journey along the trails of Mason Mill Park in search of special plants, rocks, and other nature features. Take a pleasant hike through this peaceful in-town forest, solve riddles, learn about the natural world, and win a prize!

No registration necessary.

Grow UP!  | March 9th, times vary

Presented by Produce’d

Grow Up with Grow Blocks! Grow Blocks are small, efficient vertical hydroponic garden 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.  Join us for a guided tour of our indoor hydroponic farm where you’ll learn all about Grow Blocks, see our germination room, and pollination room with our in-house pollinating bees! Come and “Grow Up” with us!

This event repeats on March 10th at varying times.

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Exploration into Atlanta’s Natural Resources | March 10th 8:45 AM

Presented by Birds Georgia, Ecology Urban Style, Georgia Native Plant Society, UGA Coyote Research Project, DNR Bat projects, Zoo Atlanta, DNR Urban Wildlife Program, and Georgia Wildlife Federation.

Bats, Coyotes, and Birds – oh my! Spend a day learning about the wildlife that call Atlanta home. Organizations and programs from across Georgia come together to help the public get involved and build a more wildlife friendly city! Following the panels, take a guided walk through the grounds of The Kendeda Building and adjacent EcoCommons, a Birds Georgia-certified Wildlife Sanctuary and Gold-certified Native Plant Habitat, ​​where you’ll observe and log wildlife to contribute to long-term monitoring and conservation of the site.

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Tree Trekking Challenge | March 10th 1:00 PM

Presented by Trees Atlanta

What’s living in our urban forest? Search high and low for trees and other native plants on this cooperative, family style scavenger hunt! Using iNaturalist, families will explore the campus of the new Trees Atlanta Kendeda TreeHouse, finding native plant life and earning prizes. Come early and bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds of the Kendeda TreeHouse!

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Amazing Native Plants! | March 10th, times vary

Presented by Wylde Center 

Hawk Hollow is a greenspace within the City of Atlanta filled with native plants. Come join us for a tour learn about those native plants and why they are so important. We’ll explore the creek too.

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Sprouting Scientists | March 12th 10:00 AM

Presented by Atlanta Botanical Garden

Little ones can be scientists too! Bring your toddler to discover the fabulous world of plants and animals at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Come and run among the spring blooms, listen to bird songs and have fun at hands-on learning stations.

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Nature’s Pharmacy with Emory University Herbarium | March 12th 6:30 PM

Presented by Emory University Herbarium 

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. Blend your own tea and create a DIY herbarium keepsake to take home!

Get tickets here!

ID the Trees! | March 16th 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!

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Wildflower Walk | March 16th 10:00 AM

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.

This event repeats on March 22nd at 2:00 PM.

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Plants to DYE for | March 16th 12:00 PM

Presented by Fernbank Science Center, DeKalb County School District, DeKalb Master Gardeners, Local Fiber Arts Organizations, High Hog Farm

Discover the colorful capabilities of plants at Fernbank Science Center’s “Plants to DYE for” on Saturday, March 16. Celebrate the unveiling of our new Dye Garden! Join expert Master Gardeners and Keisha Cameron of High Hog Farm as they guide you through plants that provide a kaleidoscope of natural dyes. You’ll be amazed by the power of plants as you engage in hands-on activities that transform the mundane into vibrant displays of natural color.

No registration necessary.

Seeds and Spores: a Botany and Mycology Cultivation Workshop | March 16th, times vary

Presented by Wylde Center, Mycologic Solutions, Gowin Valley Farms, Kennesaw State University

Embark on a journey into the fascinating worlds of mycology and botany at our cultivation workshop! Delve into the art of growing mushrooms from spores and nurturing plants from seeds as our expert guides lead you through hands-on cultivation techniques. Immerse yourself in the science and craft behind these natural wonders. But the excitement doesn’t end there! After the workshop, tantalize your taste buds with a unique tasting experience, featuring delectable creations crafted from the very seeds and mushrooms you’ve just cultivated. Join us for a day of discovery, cultivation, and culinary delight – where science meets flavor in an unforgettable exploration of nature’s bounty!

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Science Behind the Scenes: Botanical Pigments | March 17th 2:00 PM

Presented by Science ATL, Science Gallery

Dip into the science and history behind natural dyes and pigments! Before we had chemicals to create the vibrant colors we have today, natural pigments derived from plants gave rich color to textiles and fabrics. Unearth the science of pigment extraction and the ways that plants color our world. You’ll even create your own natural masterpiece with beautiful botanical pigments.

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O-STEAM | March 20th, times vary

Presented by West Atlanta Watershed Alliance

Come explore science amongst familiar, yet new terrains. Join the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance and some of our partners for our outdoor and trail-tastic fair – passport style. Hike, explore, make forts, explore old and new habitats, enjoy nature, and visit table science activities to get your passport stamped. Take a hike at our 26-acre urban nature preserve and Bush Mountain, learn about forest biodiversity, plant/animal/insect identification, soil, art and crafts, and music of the outdoors.

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Native Oaks of the Southeast Tree Walk | March 21st 10:00 AM

Presented by Agnes Scott Arboretum Committee & Office of Sustainability 

What do Scarlett, Overcup, and Post all have in common? They are all names of oaks native to the Southeast! On this tour of the Agnes Scott Arboretum, led by the college arborist and Agnes Scott Center for Sustainability, you’ll explore all the Arboretum has to offer, including every species of oak native to the Southeast!

Register here.

The Atlanta Science Festival gives Atlanta media a sneak peek at this year’s explosive Festival

Kids enjoying science festival

On February 21, the Atlanta Science Festival, presented by Delta Air Lines, gave local media a peek at what to expect at this year’s event.

Several Atlanta Science Festival partners setup at the headquarters of the nonprofit at the First Christian Church of Decatur. Members of the media and a group of area children took turns exploring the wonders of science at science activity stations. ChEmory, the Emory University affiliate of the American Chemistry Society; Goodisman Lab at Georgia Tech; Students for the Exploration and Development of Space at Georgia Tech; the Georgia Reptile Society; and WunderGrubs provided an array of hands-on experiences ranging from smelling the scent of space to eating mealworm cookies. The event showcased pythons, boas, yellow jackets, bullfrogs, and other amazing creatures that are vital to our environment.

“Science helps humanity learn about the world around us,” said Zoey Wurtzel, 10, when asked about the importance of science. She and other children took part in experiments such as creating slime by mixing borax, water, and food coloring.

Other activities included Georgia Tech students explaining Pluto’s distance from the sun using familiar local landmarks.

“There are not a lot of festivals like the Atlanta Science Festival in the country,” said Akissi Stokes-Nelson, CEO and co-founder of WunderGrubs. “It’s important to stress and promote STEM and STEAM. Exposing kids and families to what is really taking place in our world and explaining our role in it is essential.”

The 2023 Atlanta Science Festival takes place March 10-25, 2023. All ages can experience 150 interactive and educational events. A full list of events can be found here.