ATLANTA, GA — There’s going to be a whole lot of science going on in Atlanta starting on Friday. The two-week Atlanta Science Festival, with 100 events planned throughout the area, is a public celebration of science and technology for families, students and educators started in 2014.
Scientists and educators from museums, local schools, universities, and companies will “uncover mysteries and explain discoveries in a variety of hands-on activities, facility tours, stimulating presentations, and riveting performances” according to the festival.
The festival was founded by Emory University, Georgia Tech and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. This year, Delta Air Lines is a sponsor.
A launch event, titled “Rise Up, Robots,” is set for 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Ferst Center at Georgia Tech. Featured at the launch will be a “droid comedian,” a robotic musician, a bionic arm, a “robotic petting zoo” (starting at 6 p.m.) and more. Tickets for the launch event are $15.
The Ferst Center is located at 349 Ferst Dr. NW in Atlanta.
At other events, drones and robots, comics and comedy, farms and orchards, nature walks, ice cream tastings, art, trivia, curling, superheroes, beavers, newts, and bees are just some of the attractions and events that the festival is promising.
The festival will wrap up on Saturday, March 24, with a free Exploration Expo at Piedmont Park. Last year’s expo drew more than 19,000 people. Promoting science exploration, discovery and innovation, the expo will have more than 100 interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments, demos and performances.
The expo will be held in the park near the intersection of 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive.
“In the language of physics, I’m excited to observe the acceleration of the Atlanta Science Festival and the momentum of the enthusiasm found in participants and organizers alike, said Paul Goldbart, dean of the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech and this year’s honorary chairman of the festival.
For more information about the 2018 Atlanta Science Festival, visit its website.
Photos courtesy Atlanta Science Festival