The Atlanta Science Festival is an annual public celebration of local science and technology. Curious people of all ages will explore the science and technology in our region and see how science is connected to all parts of our lives. 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 to expand our community of science enthusiasts and inspire a new generation of curious thinkers.
With 100 individual events each year since the inaugural Festival in 2014, we have reached over 100,000 people. Collaborations with 100-plus community partners, including school districts, post-secondary institutions, museums, businesses, civic and community groups facilitated the festival’s success. The Festival conservatively estimated 250 million marketing and public relations impressions in 2016 through social media, out-of-home, television and radio ad buys, press releases and local celebrity support. Our evaluation data shows that our attendee racial/ethnic demographics match the percentages within the metro Atlanta region and that our Festival is reaching a wide variety of ages, with 50% of the attendee population aged 25-44 completing evaluations (no one under 14 years old completed a survey).
In 2017, Atlanta Science Festival was honored to be recognized by Phi Beta Kappa as one of four organizations building creative exchanges with new and diverse audiences as Atlanta was named as an Arts & Sciences City of Distinction. Atlanta Science Festival is the proud winner of the 2015 Technology Association of Georgia STEM Education Award for Post-Secondary Outreach. The 2014 Expo was honored to receive the “Best Public Event” award from Association of Destination Management Executives International.
Founded by Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Festival is a collaboration among diverse community partners planning a collection of events for young people, families, and adults. The Festival is managed by Atlanta Science Festival Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
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The Atlanta Science Festival is a proud member of the Science Festival Alliance, a professional community dedicated to more and better science and technology festivals.