In 2017, Forbes magazine ranked Atlanta as third in America’s most promising tech cities. Given the city’s increasing focus on technological study and employment, the Atlanta Science Festival serves to make tomorrow seem even closer.
Established in 2014 by Emory University, Georgia Tech and the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the festival includes more than 100 events over two weeks, designed to appeal to children, teens and gearheads of all ages. Festival partners and collaborators include educators and scientists from local universities, museums and high-tech companies, many of which offer facility tours and hands-on activities.
“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics play such a vital role in our lives, and we want to share that impact with the community,” says Jordan Rose, executive co-director of Atlanta Science Festival. “Atlanta is a global leader in scientific innovation, and we want to highlight that fact while engaging and inspiring both children and adults.”
The festival begins March 9 with one of its eye-catching performances, “Rise Up, Robots,” a showcase of robotic-themed live entertainment and demonstrations, preceded by a “robot petting zoo,” at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts.
On March 10, “Critters and Cabernet” at Brookhaven’s Savi Provisions offers grown-ups a chance to sample wines while interacting with live reptiles and amphibians. Experience an even more unusual culinary adventure on March 18 with “Exploring Edible Insects” at Decatur’s Little Shop of Stories, which features a special story time and some off-beat treats for the tasting.
“Science of the Circus” on March 18 uses old-fashioned razzle-dazzle to reveal the physics of acrobatics and other circus disciplines. Imperial Opa Circus acrobats perform amazing feats while Georgia Tech “Science Clowns”explain the science behind them.
The festival wraps up on March 24 with the sprawling “Exploration Expo” at Piedmont Park, which features more than 100 hands-on science booths and demonstrations that promise to be both family-friendly and free. Visitors will get the chance to drive a robotic vehicle, meet a hissing cockroach, touch a human brain and more.
Atlanta Science Festival. March 9-24. Various locations. 770-322-4992. atlantasciencefestival.org
— Curt Holman