Each year, the Atlanta Science Festival offers a wide variety of events in different formats that are designed to attract audiences of different ages and interests, as well as bring in new audiences who do not usually attend science related events. ASF Partners are invited to propose event ideas that meet these goals. We encourage you to think outside the box and experiment with a new concept. We’re scientists after all! Some event types you may consider include…
THE SCIENCE BEHIND…:
Cheese! Recycling! Wine! Trees! Breadmaking! There’s science in everything and so many interactive ways to explore it. Bonus points if you explore the science behind something unique to Atlanta!
Family fun with science! What could be better than making liquid nitrogen ice cream with your 6-year-old or building a rocket with your preteen? Parents eat up these fun activities they can do with their kids. Everyone learns and walks away having had fun!
DISCOVERY DIALOGUES & SCIENCE CAFES:
These are more traditional formats that put scientists on a stage (bars count as stages!) to talk about their research. The key is the scientist must be engaging! Swap long powerpoints for hands-on elements and discussions! Science cafes typically feature a single scientist. ASF Discovery Dialogues, on the other hand, explore a single topic from different perspectives – the more interdisciplinary, the better. Get an evolutionary biologist on stage with a priest and an artist, and who knows what will happen! These events should be in the evenings or weekends, and preferably in off-campus locations.
One of the strategies we employ to make science more accessible at Science ATL is to highlight the way science is connected to other disciplines. And the arts provide a brilliant lens through which we can see these connections. So, find a scientist who isn’t afraid to jam on stage and pair them with a beat-boxer and you just might have the most highly attended event out there.
With gorgeous springtime weather during ASF, it’s the perfect time to explore the science happening outside. We’ve had tree identification walks, squirrel counting challenges, creek water quality testing and so much more. Get creative with what nature has to offer!
Typically, we encourage events to happen outside of school hours. But sometimes an idea is too good and it can only be done during the weekday. This could be a perfect opportunity to advertise for a field trip or to home-schoolers. Keep in mind that while we encourage you to invite specific groups to your events, all events must be open to the public. Events can not be limited to only certain invited groups.
Let’s build up our local STEM workforce by showing young people how many careers involve science and how they can get involved. We want to do our part to develop our local workforce and help our economy!