Passionate about learning, discovery, and all things science? Check out more than 100 family friendly events at the 2020 Atlanta Science Festival, which will be held March 6-21 around Georgia Tech and the greater Atlanta area.
The annual two-week festival celebrates local science and technology, reaching 50,000 children and adults each year. Georgia Tech is one of the founding members of the Atlanta Science Festival and hosts and sponsors several Atlanta Science Festival events.
This year, festivities kick off on March 6 with 2100: A Climate Odyssey at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center for the Arts. This interactive and immersive, family friendly experience will be followed by a conversation with environmental scientists and meteorologists including The Weather Channel’s Carl Parker and Kim Cobb, Georgia Power Chair, ADVANCE Professor in the College of Sciences, Director of the Global Change Program, and professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Friends of Georgia Tech can use discount code "HALF" to purchase $10 tickets.
Opening weekend also features one of the most unique experiences in music performance. On March 7, The Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Concert will showcase nine global finalists playing unique instruments created for the competition. It's free and open to the public.
New this year as part of the Guthman event is the Music, Art, and Technology Fair, hosted by the Georgia Tech School of Music and Cycling ’74. It's a unique opportunity to share projects at the intersection of art and technology in a hands-on, interactive, science-fair format.
The GVU Center at Georgia Tech (formerly the Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center) has created interactive graphics to explore the two-week festival and find specific events connected to Georgia Tech.
2020 Atlanta Science Festival events taking place on the Georgia Tech campus; sponsored or presented by Georgia Tech units; and featuring Georgia Tech faculty, students, or staff include:
- Friday, March 6, 8:00pm to 9:30pm, 2100: A Climate Odyssey
2100: A Climate Odyssey will transport you to the year 2100, when life is a little different due to climate change As a major storm hits Atlanta in this immersive theatrical experience, we will peer into the future and discover how we can work together to mitigate disaster. 5% of proceeds will be donated to the Captain Planet Foundation to empower positive change for the earth.
- Saturday, March 7, 9:30am to 11:30am, Science in Little 5 Points: The Science of Kombucha
Kombucha is tangy and tasty, but did you know that it gets that way through the hard work of millions of microbes? Join Jennifer Leavey, Ph.D., from Georgia Tech and Lupa Irie, N.D. of Lupa’s Kitchen for a hands-on, interactive demonstration of kombucha fermentation—including samples!
- Saturday, March 7, 12:00pm to 3:00pm, STEAM at Tech Day
Fun for the entire family at STEAM at Tech Day! Join us for a day of hands-on, engaging, and full-filled STEAM learning. Middle and high school students will participate in a 3-hour intensive STEAM workshop and 2nd through 5th grade students will rotate between three STEAM activities. Parents and guardians will hear from experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence about what’s next in education to help develop their future scientists and engineers.
- Saturday, March 7, 4:00pm to 7:00pm, Guthman Music, Art & Technology Fair
Get a sneak peek at what goes into the latest in music technology by visiting our music, art and technology fair, just before the Georgia Tech Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. See musicians, artists, engineers, and makers showcase their latest work at this hands-on, interactive showcase.
- Saturday, March 7, 7:00pm to 9:00 pm, Guthman Musical Instrument Competition
A music, engineering, and tech mashup, the Georgia Tech Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is an annual event aimed at identifying the world's next generation of musical instruments and unveiling the best new ideas in musicality, design, engineering, and impact.
- Tuesday, March 10, 9:00am to 3:30pm, Project Change: STEM Teachers @ Tech Day
Teachers! Are you looking for a way to move beyond the standards and integrate STEM connections into your curriculum? Do you thirst for more knowledge to better connect and communicate to your class of future scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians? Join us for Project Change: STEM Teacher @Tech Day. This innovative professional learning opportunity will allow teachers to engage and tour cutting-edge labs and research centers, with the goal of increasing their understanding of current, real-world applications of their content.
- Tuesday, March 10, 5:00pm to 6:30pm, The Astronomy of Star Wars
One with the Force are you? Join us for this all-ages dress up sci-fi adventure where we'll lead a discussion on the worlds and aliens of the Star Wars films and compare them with the planets and life in our solar system, as well as extra-solar planets. Along the way, we'll enjoy video clips inspired by Star Wars and other sci-fi favorites. Young Jedi and Padawan alike are encouraged to attend in their favorite sci-fi attire.
- Tuesday, March 10, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Playing Mother Nature: A Night of Simulating Earth Science Phenomena!
Ever wonder how weather systems are formed in the atmosphere? Or perhaps you would like to know how an earthquake develops? How does Earth's terrain evolve over long periods of time? If you have any interest in Earth Science, this event is for you!
- Wednesday, March 11, 7:30pm to 9:15pm, Cannabis Time with Dr. Pete
Did you know? George Washington grew hemp at his home in Mount Vernon. Cannabis is being seen in a whole new light as states and nations change laws and attitudes about the plant. Come learn about the relevant technical, medical, legal, and economic issues from Georgia Tech engineering professor, local comedian, and cannabis researcher Pete Ludovice, Ph.D.
- Thursday, March 12, 7:30pm to 10:00pm, Sober Science Speakeasy
Join us for an evening soiree that will tickle your tastebuds and wake up your sense of wonder. In our throwback to the 1920s in 2020, you enjoy live prohibition-era jazz music and exotic drinks! Learn about the science of boba, butterfly peaflower tea and kombucha, foams and emulsions, nitrogen cold brew and more with Jennifer Leavey, Ph.D.
- Thursday, March 12, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Science Riot
Take some scientists, teach them the basics of comedy writing, and put them onstage for a live audience performance. Real Science. Real Experts. Real Funny.
- Saturday, March 14, 9:00am to 2:00pm, 8th Annual Latino College & STEM Fair
We invite you to our 8th Annual Latino College and STEM Fair at Georgia Tech! Come join us for bilingual workshops, fun hands-on activities for the entire family, a college fair, and inspirational conversations with Latino college students, parents, professors, and other STEM professionals.
- Saturday, March 14, 11:00am to 2:00pm, Investigating the Nanoscale
How do scientists and engineers make and see nanoscale objects? What does your hair or an insect’s eye look like under a scanning electron microscope? Through hands-on demos, learn what makes the nanoscale different, how harnessing it has led to improvements in products you use every day, and about future applications you can only imagine. Take a cleanroom tour and bring a sample (not wet and not greater than an inch in diameter) to scan with our tabletop SEM.
- Saturday, March 14, 3:00pm to 5:00pm, Petri Dish Picassos
Bacteria art — is it crazy, awesome, or both? Come learn about professional artists that use bacteria to make living artwork and learn how to become a petri dish Picasso yourself! Participants will be provided with agar plates, paints, and tools commonly used to “paint” with bacteria. You will get to take home your own petri dish masterpiece!
- Wednesday, March 18, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Science Improv
It's improv comedy with a science twist! Come see experienced improv actors and professional scientists take the stage together to put on a unique entertaining and educational experience. The audience will provide scientific suggestions to drive the performance, and you're sure to have a great time and come away having learned something too! Comedy improvisation has never been geekier.
More information about the festival: Atlanta Science Festival
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 12:00am to Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 12:00am
Many free events, some events require RSVP or fee. See atlantasciencefestival.org for more info.