The Atlanta Science Festival, the city’s celebration of all things science, returns March 9 through 23 with explosive events and excitement for 2019.
“We’re passionate about sharing the beauty of science, technology, engineering and mathematics with the whole Atlanta community,” Jordan Rose, the festival's executive co-director, said in a news release. “And there’s no better place than Atlanta, which continues to be a global leader in scientific innovation.”
The festival begins with its signature launch event, and this time science lovers of all ages will exclaim a collective, “Wow!” It will feature a live performance of the Wow in the World Pop-Up Party, based on the popular NPR science-themed podcast “Wow in the World,” at Glenn Memorial Church, 1660 N. Decatur Road in Atlanta. Host Mindy Thomas serves up games and skits with live musical accompaniment by the Pop-Ups, creators of the “Wow in the World” theme song. (March 9 at 11 a.m.; tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 12 and younger. ) Update: This event is sold out.
After the launch event, the following two weeks will find guests exploring science and technology at more than 100 engaging events, ranging in cost from free to a nominal fee. These include hands-on activities, facility tours, presentations and performances at a variety of locations throughout Metro Atlanta. Expect drones and nano-tattoos, panda yoga and comedy, archaeological digs, nature walks, ice cream tastings, art, trivia,curling, superheroes, beavers, newts and bees. And that’s just the tip of the telescope.
The festival culminates in the Exploration Expo, Atlanta’s biggest family science event. Thousands of curious kids and adults descend upon Piedmont Park in Midtown to experience the wonder of science with 100 hands-on interactive science booths, live science demos and shows from local organizations, universities and companies.
Attendees can experience everything from touching a human brain to driving an undersea robot. (March 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free admission; at Piedmont Park, at the intersection of Charles Allen Drive and 10th Street in Atlanta).
“We’re thrilled to watch the Festival grow each year, and 2019 is no exception,” Meisa Salaita, the festival's executive co-director, said in a news release. “Our sixth installment is more exciting than ever, and we’re grateful for (sponsor) Delta Air Lines to help us continue soaring to new heights.”
Here is a list of other festival events:
March 9 at 2 p.m.: Not Just Newts: Behind the Scenes with the Amphibian Foundation (foundation's headquarters, 4055 Roswell Road in Buckhead) - Atlanta is home to a unique nonprofit dedicated to the conservation and research of amphibians amidst a global population decline. This event is free but sold out. Check back for cancellations.
March 12 at 5 p.m.: The Astrobiology of Star Wars (GSU Perimeter College, 3705 Brookside Pkwy., AA building, Room 2310, Alpharetta) - One with the Force are you? Join us for this all-ages "Star Wars" adventure where professor Jay Dunn and Dr. Jessica Parilla will lead a discussion on how the worlds and aliens of the "Star Wars" films compare to known planets and life in our solar system and beyond. Admission is free.
March 13 at 6 p.m.: Sandy Springs Education Force's STEAM Showcase (North Springs Charter School, 7447 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs) - The ninth annual showcase, which has free admission, will include dozens of interactive, hands-on technology and arts demonstrations from STEAM business and educational leaders.
March 15 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.: Intro to Curling: Exploring the Boundary Where Granite Meets Ice (Center Ice Arena, 5750 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs) - You've seen that Winter Olympic sport with the rocks and sweeping and yelling, but do you know what's actually going on? All you need are sneakers and loose fitting clothing. Tickets are $25 but these events are sold out. Check back for cancellations.
March 17 at 3 p.m.: ChangeMaker Faire (Amana Academy Charter School, 285 S. Main St., Alpharetta) - Build a better world at the ChangeMaker Faire. It's is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, students and commercial exhibitors on the STEM-certified Amana Academy charter school campus. Visitors will enjoy moonwalks, food trucks, and STEM-themed activities such as Geocaching. Admission is free.
March 16 and 17 at 10 a.m.: Swarm Science: How Honey Bees Make Decisions (Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 3931 Land O’Lakes Drive in Buckhead) - Come for a fascinating close-up look at the latest honeybee research, complete with hive observations, a honey tasting and an outdoor experience. Tickets are $12.
March 17 at 2 and 3 p.m.: Udderly Amazing (Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead) - Ever wonder how ice cream is made? Join the University of Georgia's Fulton County Extension office and the Georgia Mobile Dairy Classroom to learn about the dairy industry and to participate in a live milking demonstration. Tickets are $5.
March 19 at 7 p.m.: Buzz on Bees (Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road in Buckhead) - Curious about the plight of the bees and what is being done to save them? Jennifer Leavey, Ph.D., director of the Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project, will present a summary of cutting-edge bee-related research from around the world published over the course of the last year. Admission is free.
March 22 at 7:30 p.m.: Critters & Cabernet (The Amphibian Foundation, 4055 Roswell Road in Buckhead) - Reptiles and Wine?! What could go wrong? Join us for an extremely hands-on approach to learning about this fascinating group of animals. Tickets are $10 and include access to the event and one drink. Additional drinks may be purchased on site.
For more information or to purchase events tickets, visit www.atlantasciencefestival.org.