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Find scientist in you at Atlanta Science Festival

Exploration Expo to end with a bang

POSTED: March 20, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Big bangs, drumming booms, nerdy laughter and beer-brewing science are set to explode at the weeklong Atlanta Science Festival.

The eight-day festival of science-related events will begin Saturday, March 22, and offer a range of activities at more than 50 locations across Atlanta. 

Festivities will conclude Saturday, March 29, at Centennial Olympic Park with a free family-friendly, all-day event of nonstop activities, experiments, pop-up interactive exhibits, mind-bending games and a lineup of science-oriented entertainment. The Exploration Expo is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During the week, performances, exhibits, lectures, demonstrations, workshops and guided walks will bring local scientists, experts, teachers, and entrepreneurs together with area communities of young people, families and adults who are interested in science and technology.

“The Atlanta Science Festival aims to encourage people to relate science in their daily lives and build an appreciation for its importance,” festival co-founder Meisa Salaita, Ph.D., said. “We hope to spark the community’s collective curiosity and make everyone more aware of what our city and state offers in terms of science, technology, engineering and math opportunities now and into the future.”

A complete list of events is available at AtlantaScienceFestival.org. A sample of the programs scheduled include:

* Super Hero Science Night at the Museum, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

Science stations will be set up in each learning zone for hands-on exploration. Participants are asked to dress as their favorite super hero.

* Drumlines and Sound Waves, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur.

Participants will learn about the relationship between sound waves and drums while listening to two high schools drumlines.

* Geekapalooza 8-9:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, at Laughing Skull Lounge

A stand-up comedy tour features comedians from the Georgia Tech students and faculty as well as other nerd comedians from the Atlanta area.

* Fernbank Forest Night Walk 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum science educators will guide participants through the nocturnal world of Fernbank Forest at dark.


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