2016 Atlanta Science Festival

Filed in Events by on March 8, 2016

2016 atlanta science festival

The 2016 Atlanta Science Festival is an annual public celebration of local science and technology. From March 19-26, 2016, curious people of all ages will explore the science and technology in our region and see how science is connected to all parts of our lives in 100 engaging events, including hands-on activities, facility tours, presentations, and performances throughout the metro Atlanta region. The Festival culminates in the free, family-friendly EXPLORATION EXPO – an interactive day of demos, hands-on activities, and stage shows at Centennial Olympic Park.

Atlanta Science Festival’s EXPLORATION EXPO will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016, 11am-5pm at Centennial Olympic Park. Atlanta’s biggest interactive science event is FREE and open to adults, families, and children of all ages and interests. The Exploration Expo promotes science exploration, discovery and innovation with more than 100 interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments, mind blowing demos and performances! Meet local scientists and engineers at the five themed zones:

  • ENCOUNTER, sponsored by Emory University.
    –  Meet real and unusual animals, touch a brain, discover rotifers, and get buggy with some impressive anthropods.
  • INVENT, sponsored by Georgia Tech.
    –  See a micro particle, make a bio brick, launch a stomp rocket, and find out how hungry a robot can be!
  • DISCOVER, sponsored by Mercer University & Mercer Health Sciences Center.
    –  Experience the power of chemical reactions, examine and construct the different parts of your brain, see ice boil, and get down and dirty with soil and worms!
  • THRIVE, sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
    –  Build strands of DNA and see how mutations occur, discover how precision medicine, targeted therapies, diet and exercise are helping us stay healthy and live well.
  • INNOVATOR’S PLAYGROUND, sponsored by The Children’s School.
    –  Turn your little ones into future scientists and innovators with creative play in an area designed specifically for children ages 5 and under: big blue blocks, LEGOs, tinkering toys, Incredible Foam dough, and much more!

With more than 100 individual events each year since the inaugural Festival in 2014, they have reached over 75,000 people. 2016 Atlanta Science Festival events are held throughout metro Atlanta, including Downtown Atlanta, Midtown, Atlantic Station, Decatur, Druid Hills, Emory, Inman Park, Buckhead, Kennesaw, Lawrenceville, Powder Springs and Stone Mountain. Collaborations with 100-plus community partners, including school districts, post-secondary institutions, museums, businesses, civic and community groups facilitated the festival’s success. The Festival conservatively estimated 235 million marketing and public relations impressions in 2015 through social media, out-of-home, television and radio ad buys, press releases and local celebrity support. Our evaluation data shows that our attendee racial/ethnic demographics match the percentages within the metro Atlanta region and that our Festival is reaching a wide variety of ages, with 50% of the attendee population aged 25-44 completing evaluations (no one under 14 years old completed a survey).

Atlanta Science Festival is the proud winner of the 2015 Technology Association of Georgia STEM Education Award for Post-Secondary Outreach. The 2014 Expo was honored to receive the “Best Public Event” award from Association of Destination Management Executives International.

Founded by Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Festival is a collaboration among diverse community partners planning a collection of events for young people, families, and adults. The Festival is managed by Atlanta Science Festival Inc., a non-profit corporation and 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

Click here for more information on all the 2016 Atlanta Science Festival events.

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Aaron Hofmann is the founder of AllAboutAtlantaHomes.com and also a Realtor with Atlanta Communities focused on the Atlanta real estate market. Aaron is a transplant from the Midwest (amazingly not a native Atlantan) and has lived in Atlanta for over 20 years and has developed a love for this city and desire to share with current and new Atlanta residents.

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