2019 Expo

Atlanta Science Festival’s
Exploration Expo
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 11am-4pm at Piedmont Park

Atlanta’s biggest interactive science event is FREE and open to adults, families, and children of all ages and interests. Touch a human brain! Pet a python! Squeeze into a mock MRI scanner! Play robot soccer! Make your own gummy worms! Listen to your joints! Look up your own nasal passages! Excavate a fossil! Spin the Wheel of Bugs! Touch a jet engine! Make a pollen map of Atlanta!

With more than 100 hands-on, interactive science booths from local organizations, universities, and companies, we’ll be showing off Atlanta science at this year’s Exploration Expo. A map and list of exhibitors will be available in March.



Confirmed exhibitors include the following [bold indicates sponsor]:

Agnes Scott College – Neuroscience Program
Neuroscience and You! Raising Public Awareness of the Brain!

Atlanta Science Festival

American Chemical Society – Georgia Section
Periodic Table Activity

American Radio Relay League (ARRL) – Georgia Section
Ham Radio is Science

ACSfN / Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
Hey, You Touched My Brain!

Atlanta Girls’ School

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Pop-Up Library

Atlanta SMART and Delta STEAM Academies
STEAM for Kids

Blue Bird School Buses
Clean Propane

BODIES…The Exhibition
Explore the Human Body Like Never Before

Burns and McDonnell
Solar City

Centennial Academy Charter
The Sound of STEAM with Centennial Academy

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
CDC 24/7: Working to Protect America from Health and Safety Threats

Chattahoochee Technical College
Heart of the Matter

Club SciKidz Summer STEM Camps
Star Power

Dekalb Academy of Technology and the Environment

Delta Air Lines 

Delta Community Credit Union

Immunotherapy: Teaching Cells to Target Cancer

Emory Child Study Center
Can You Guess What Your Brain is Thinking?

Emory University – Association for Women in Science
Wonder Women in Science!

Emory University – Biophysical Society
The Science of Internet Challenges

Emory University – CCHF
Catalyst Carnival

Emory University – ChEmory: ACS Certified Chemistry Club
Goop Makers

Emory University – CitizenScienceHD
Pollen Nation: the Good, Bad, & Ugly of Pollen

Emory University – Department of Chemistry & Decatur Makers
The BIG World of SMALL Bio-machines

Emory University – Department of Environmental Sciences
Air and Water Quality in Atlanta

Emory University – Emory Herbarium
Smell the World

Emory University – Environmental Health/Justice PhDs
Air Pollution Particle Toss

Emory University – HERCULES Exposome Research Center
Mapping Your Exposome

Emory University – Immunology Graduates’ Group, Yerkes & EVC
Microbe Attack!

Emory University – Center for the Study of Human Health
Your 100 Trillion Best Friends

Emory University- Department of Chemistry
Distance Really Matters

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

GA Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Relax, Relate, Release

Georgia Gwinnett College – ACS/SACNAS
Start Your Journey Here

Georgia Gwinnett College
Programming Computer Games and Robots

Georgia Gwinnett College
Brains, Hearts, Eyes and More!!!

Georgia Natural Gas
Capture Your ASF Moment

Georgia Power Company
Technology in Energy

Georgia Psychological Association
How Do I Feel Today?

Georgia Reptile Society
The Wonderful World of Reptiles

Georgia State University
Georgia State Smiles

Georgia State University – AMSA
Chemistry and Biochemistry Connections

Georgia State University – Chemistry Club
Chemistry Demonstrations with Household Supplies and Liquids

Georgia State University – Department of Geosciences
Earth Exploration

Georgia State University – Early Childhood Education
Create Your Own Exploration

Georgia State University – Early Childhood Education
Create To Learn

Georgia State University – Math and Statistics Club
Adding it All Up!

Georgia State University – Pre-Pharmacy Professional Society
Look in the Mirror and See Something Different

Georgia State University – Synthetic Biology Club
BioBrick: Synthetic Biology in Atlanta

Georgia Tech
Simulating Atmospheric and Oceanic Phenomena

Georgia Tech
Be a Data Point!

Georgia Tech
Minerals and Nutrients

Georgia Tech – BBUGS
The In’s and Out’s of Love: Cardiovascular Anatomy and Non-Newtonian Fluids

Georgia Tech – BME HealthReach
Science for EveryBODY

Georgia Tech CEISMC, Mt. Zion High School, M.E. Stilwell School of the Arts
Can Vibration Detection be Used to Determine Joint Health?

Georgia Tech – College of Computing
Super Cool Computer Science

Georgia Tech – Environmental Engineering Program
Your Pee is on Drugs- But We Can Fix It!

Georgia Tech – Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology
Exploring the Nanoscale

Georgia Tech – Laboratory for Synthetic Immunity
Catching Cancer with Paper Probes

Georgia Tech – Materials Research Society
Materials Magic : The Nylon Rope Trick and Penny Plating

Georgia Tech – Promoting Applied Physiology Education and Research
The Dog Days of Science

Georgia Tech – School of Physics
Physics Peep Show

Georgia Tech – Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology
The Math of Honeycombs

Georgia Tech – Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society
Colorful Chemistry with Acids and Bases

Georgia Tech – Student Polymer Network
The Science of Polymers

Georgia Tech – UGA
Ocean Discovery Zone

Georgia Tech & Morrow High School
Decaffienate B4 Repair

Georgia Tech and Emory University – Laboratory for Molecular Immunoengineering
Opening a Can of Worms: Exploring Biomaterials and Nanotechnology with Alginate Gummy Worms

Georgia Tech Research Institute
From Basic Science to Applied Research

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
Robotics, Robotics Everywhere

Google’s Digital Village

Graphic Packaging International
Papermaking & Stamping (Printing)

Guerilla Haiku Movement
Sci-ku: The Art of Science Haiku

High Touch High Tech, Inc.
Robot Arena

Exploring STEM with IBM

Recharging Power and Potential

The Engineer’s Workshop

Kennesaw State University
Anthropology in Action

Kennesaw State University – College of Science and Mathematics
The Element of Surprise!

Marcus Autism Center
How Does Your Brain Talk?

Metro Atlanta Chamber
Living Labs

Mercedes-Benz USA
Learn the Science and Technology Behind Our Vehicles!

Mercedes-Benz Stadium – STEAM Tours
Recycle Relay & Yard Games

Mercer University/Mercer Health Sciences Center
The Mercer Science Workshop

Multicultural Educational Programs, Inc.
From Dreams to Reality

North Fulton County Water Reclamation Facilities
Water Treatment Cycle

Northrop Grumman – Health Protection and Promotion
STEM activitiesNSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution
Picture Yourself, Explorer

NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution
Exploring Chemical Evolution

Piedmont Park Conservancy
A Bug’s Eye View

Technology in the world of work

Seeing Science Through Art

Spelman College – Biology Department
Can You Believe Your Eyes?

Start Code
Coding with Minecraft

STE(A)M Truck
Full STE(A)M Ahead!

The Amphibian Foundation
Critter Camp Demo

The Bio-Bus Program @ Georgia State University
Bio-Bus Sampler with Panda DNA

The Dolphin Project
Dolphin Photo Identification

The SAE School
I Wet My Plants Sustainability Through Gardening

University of Georgia – Archaeology
Archaeology, Isotopes, & Dendrochronology

UCB – Inspired by Patients Driven by Science
Walking in a Patient’s Shoes

Think Outside The Box

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4
Explore your Environment through the Lens of EPA

Young Women in Biology
Hands on Activities Honoring Great Women Scientists

Zoo Atlanta
African Savanna – Engineering for Animals


  • ENCOUNTER ZONE, brought to you by Emory University: Encounter herbs and microbes, measure Atlanta’s pollen count, and create Minecraft code.
  • DISCOVER ZONE, brought to you by Mercer University & Mercer Health Sciences Center:  Discover the microscopic world, battle bots, and chemical reactions.
  • INVENT ZONE, brought to you by Georgia Tech: Invent your own music by coding, touch a brain, touch a heart, peep at physics, drive an underwater robot!
  • THRIVE ZONE, brought to you by Georgia State University: See how native plants and pollinators thrive, fold origami, and become a ham radio operator.
  • CURIOUS KIDS ZONE, brought to you by the Atlanta Section of IEEE:  Turn your little ones into future scientists and engineers with STEM & STEAM activities specifically for ages 3 and up.
  • STEAM ZONE: Express your love of science with a science haiku, paint a piece of the live mural, and get your science caricature portrait!
  • POWER-UP ZONE, brought to you by Georgia Power: Take a break from the science – grab a bite to eat and have a seat at this oasis of tables. Then, put your new energy to good use as you pedal a human-powered generator, form a human circuit, and explore robots and drones.

Pink Ping-Pong Big-Bang!

At precisely 12:00pm, thousands of pink ping-pong balls will launch into the skies, harbingers of the day’s science celebrations. Grab a whirligig from the pink-shirted volunteers and help us countdown to an explosion of science in front of the Delta Air Lines tent.

Sponsored by Emory University, a proud founder of Atlanta Science Festival.



  • Contribute to our live mural with Science.Art.Wonder!
  • Express your love of science through haiku with Guerilla Sciku!
  • Contribute to the Pollen Map of Atlanta with Emory’s CitizenScienceHD.


Learn how to code with Google’s Computer Science First Coding Workshop!

Get the basics of coding with classes for middle-school aged children taught by local Google engineers. To participate in a free coding class at Google’s Digital Village, parents/guardians must pre-register here. Limited on-site registration may be available, but is not guaranteed. Note: Parents and guardians must accompany children at the coding workshop.

While you’re hanging out at the Google tent, check out their gravity-powered race car and when you’re done exploring, share all the fun with friends at home in our custom Google photo zone!


Food and drink is available for purchase on site from a variety of food trucks. Complimentary water is available at stations throughout the Expo. Limited seating is available at the Power Up Zone and on scattered tables throughout the park; we recommend bringing a picnic blanket!

Vendors include:

  • Jim n’ Nicks Bar-B-Q
  • Spice of Americas
  • Mixed Up
  • South of Philly
  • Repicci’s
  • Island Chef Cafe
  • Bhojanic
  • Cookie Truck
  • King of Pops


Share the flyer, and follow, like, tweet away with @AtlSciFest and #AtlSciFest. Sample tweets and email content is available here.


This event is rain or shine, so bring your umbrellas and galoshes, and prepare to experience the joy of science while atmospheric water vapor condenses into liquid water droplets and falls under gravity.

In the case of severe weather (>30mph winds, lightning, tornado, etc.), stay tuned to our website and social media channels for event status updates.


All pets, including dogs, cats, snakes, birds, pigs, etc., are prohibited in our festival area – leash or no leash – unless part of a planned festival program or assisting persons with disabilities. This is for the pet’s protection as well as for the protection of festival patrons. See City of Atlanta’s guidelines.

You may enjoy the other parts of Piedmont Park with pets, per the Piedmont Park’s guidelines.


The Expo will take place in Piedmont Park near the intersection of 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive – see map. Last year’s event drew over 20,000 people, so it’s going to be crowded and parking will be limited.

  • Please consider MARTA, taxi, carpool/rideshare, Beltline, etc.
  • MARTA – use Midtown stop, and walk east along 10th Street into the Park.
  • Parking Garage – The Park shares a parking deck with the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the rate is typically based on the amount of time you spend in the park. The garage is off of Monroe Drive on Worchester Drive, or visitors can enter off Piedmont Avenue at the Atlanta Botanical Garden entrance. The park is accessed from the lowest floor. Address to Parking Garage: 1320 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30306
  • Nearby parking options [PDF]

QUESTIONS? Contact [email protected]

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