Photo Challenge

ASF’s curious astronaut, ALEX (Atlanta’s Lead EXplorer), is back on planet Earth and needs your help exploring the Atlanta science community! Each month, we will provide a different photo challenge and ask our followers to take a picture of ALEX in a place that fulfills the challenge.

  1. Start by downloading the printable cut-out of ALEX.
  2. Take your ALEX cut-out to an Atlanta-area location that fulfills the challenge and snap a picture. There’s not one right answer, so think outside of the box and have fun!
  3. Post your image and a 1-2 sentence explanation of where ALEX has traveled as a comment on our Facebook post.
  4. Winners will be selected based on creativity and announced on the last day of the month.
    • January winners get an Atlanta Science Festival t-shirt and hat.
    • February winners get an Atlanta Science Festival t-shirt and tickets to the BODIES exhibit.

New challenges will be posted here and on our Facebook page on the first day of each month. We can’t wait to see where you’ll explore!

June Challenge

Take ALEX somewhere you can experience SPACE.

To start off this month’s challenge, ALEX visited Agnes Scott College’s amazing Bradley Observatory! Where will you take ALEX this month?

April Challenge

Take ALEX somewhere you’re wowed by ARCHITECTURE.

To kick off this STEAM challenge, ALEX visited Georgia Tech’s beautiful 218,000 sq ft Roger A. and Helen B. Krone Engineered Biosystems Building. Where will you take ALEX this month?

ALEX Explores ATL

February Challenge

Take ALEX somewhere you are wowed by BIOLOGY.

To kick off this challenge, ALEX is experiencing developmental biology with an eight-month-old. Where will you take ALEX this month?

January Challenge

Take ALEX somewhere engineering occurs.

To kick off this challenge, ALEX is visiting the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Downtown Atlanta. Where will you take ALEX this month?

ALEX Explores ATL

January Winner: Lindsey Sieber

ALEX enjoyed visiting an industrial natural gas boiler to learn about engineering! Engineers designed and built the boiler, and during everyday operation, engineers monitor and repair the boiler as needed! In this picture, ALEX is looking through the specially designed porthole to view combustion in action. Don’t worry, ALEX stayed safe during this engineering adventure 

December Challenge

Take ALEX somewhere you can learn science.

To kick off this challenge, ALEX is visiting the DeKalb County Public Library where there are tons of fun and helpful resources for every kind of explorer. Where will you take ALEX this month?​

December Winner: Kathleen McElroy

My husband, Thom, went to the Georgia Bat Working Group meeting at University of West Georgia to learn about the most recent research and connect with other bat scientists and enthusiasts. He brought his graduate students from Kennesaw State University College of Science & Mathematics who shared their posters. ALEX is posing with a rescued Big Brown Bat. Thanks Atlanta Science Festival!

November Challenge

Take ALEX somewhere magnets are used.

To kick off this challenge, ALEX is at a desk where magnets are used inside the computer’s hard drive! The hard drive is made up of metal plates and the tiny areas on these plates can be made magnetic or nonmagnetic, creating a code that the computer uses to turn into data such as pictures, sounds, and video. Where will you take ALEX on her magnetic mission?

November Winner: Jessica Bretz

Alex is visiting a sign shop and learning how magnetics are used in printers. This printer uses magnets in a similar way as a computer, to transfer and store information. It also uses magnets to help keep moving parts together.

October Challenge

Take ALEX somewhere you can taste science.

To kick off this challenge, ALEX is helping us make a homemade apple pie! To make the perfect pie crust, bakers must master a balanced ratio of flour, fats, and water. Timers and thermometers are a must! Where will you take ALEX on her next flavorful adventure?

October Winner: Jennifer Karppinen

Urban Tree Cidery, Atlanta’s first craft cider brand, combines science with art to create Southern born ciders. Placed in the perfect environment (temperature, oxygen exposure, pH), yeast converts sugar from freshly pressed North Georgia apples into ethyl alcohol and CO2 via a fermentation process virtually identical to glycolysis (except with a unique last step). This is science you can definitely taste!

September Challenge

Take ALEX somewhere science and art meet.

To kick off the first challenge, ASF took our tiny ALEX to the Parsons Conservation Laboratory in the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Conservators of this museum use knowledge and skills from both the arts and sciences to preserve historic artifacts.

ALEX is standing beside a Hittite Model House made out of ceramic, ca. 1680-1450 BCE. Its fragments have been cleaned, realigned, and adhered in preparation for future display.

Above the model house, are fume extraction trunks to remove harmful vapors from chemicals that might be needed to accomplish a treatment. On the wall beyond are jars of pigments, magnifying glasses, and a clock with elements from the periodic table in place of numbers!

ALEX is using a stereobinocular microscope to examine the corrosion on a copper alloy Tumi (knife) from the Chimu culture (1000-1470 CE).

Although some corrosion is harmful and unsightly, these formations actually preserve traces of the textile that wrapped the knife in burial.

September Winner: Christine Vanover

Congratulations to Christine Vanover, winner of our September Photo Challenge to bring our mascot ALEX to a place where science and art meet! Christine took ALEX to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta, where this SWARM wall art depicts bacteria.

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