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Atlanta Science Festival

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

The second annual Atlanta Science Festival takes place March 21-28th and celebrates science, technology, math and engineering.  The festival was founded by Emory University, Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce with over 30,000 people attending the inaugural festival in 2014.  The festival combines top organizations, museums, schools and companies such as Google and IBM. The science festival offers a free family oriented  EXPO taking place Saturday March 28th from 11-4 at Centennial Olympic Park.  Come experience a “Farmer Scavenger Hunt” on a real organic farm Sunday March 29th at Gaia Gardens in Decatur, Georgia.  If you live in metro Atlanta, this is a great learning opportunity for your family.  Here are some highlights for the festival: hands on activities facility tours presentations performances throughout metro Atlanta FREE family Expo including hands on activities, demonstrations and stage shows. “Earth in Twilight” presented by Georgia Tech 6-9 pm.  Come and learn about how scientists are illuminating the Earth.  Teens 13-18. “How Not to Be Wrong”  Learn from Jordan Ellenburg as part of Georiga Tech’s “Science Matters Lectures” about the many hidden and chaotic sources of math.  Ellenburg will teach students how math surrounds us everywhere.  FREE.  Thursday 3/26.  Ages 13-18.  The Clary Theater inside the Bill Moore Student Success Center, Georgia Tech, 190 North Ave. NW Atlanta, GA 30332 “Making and Tinkering:  How Play Develops Social Awareness” for Educators and Adults.  Learn about play while attending this workshop at The Children’s School.  FREE.  Thursday 3/26.  7-8:30 pm.  The Children’s School Gym, Atlanta. “Nerd Nite:  ATL/ASF”  This event features three talks about the brain.  Adults $5. “STEM to STEM”  Mentoring program for teenagers interested in pursuing a science career.  International Google Science Fair. Teens ages 13-18.  FREE with advanced registration.  3/27 10-2.  Canadian Consulate General in Atlanta 1175 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA. Michael Green the Science Machine presents “Science for Everyone.”   This event features amazing experiments.  Children ages 5-12.  Friday 3/27 6-7:30 pm. FREE.  Little Shop of Stories 133A East Court Square Decatur GA 30030. “Cosmo Camp In” $20.  If you like rockets and space missions this event is for you!    The Cosmic Camp In takes place at the exhibit hall at the DCSD Fernbank Science Center.  Come out and see the Apollo 6 Command Module, launch rockets and prepare liquid nitrogen marshmallows.  You will have the opportunity to watch demonstrations of smart material resistance. Students will have the opportunity to examine a sample of the layers arranged for protective suits and design and assemble fabric into a space suit model.  Students get their own cosmic t-shirt. For children and families.  Friday 3/27 9pm to 12 am.  DCSD Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30307. Many more lectures and events available. Highlights of Saturday’s Expo include: 11-4pm March 28th at Centennial Olympic Park. Open to adults, families and children of all ages. More than 100 interactive hands-on exhibits, hands-on experiments, demos and performances. Meet local scientists and engineers Explore the Bio-Bus and STEAM Truck Design a paper airplane Touch a brain Explore the Biotech Tent and Maker Village Main Stage Highlights: “Matter Matters” by the Tellus Science Museum “From Fire to Ice: Chemistry Demos” by ChEmory “Take Flight” by Big Thinkers “The Circle of Life” by The Children’s School “Animal Encounters” by Zoo Atlanta “The Sand Princess and Friends” by the Georgia Mineral Society “Roob & Noob Theatre for the Very Young” by...

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Field Trips: The Zoo

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015

“According to the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) there are over 10,000 zoos worldwide” (from National Geographic). Chances are with so many zoos around there is a zoo within driving distance of your house or if not near you, then near someone else you know (grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister etc.). If neither of these scenarios is an option then consider visiting a zoo on your next family vacation. If it’s a good zoo not only will your children enjoy it, but you will as well. And if all else fails visit a virtual zoo online or watch animals live, courtesy of zoo animal...

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STEM: Science & Engineering Festival 2015

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015

  USA Science and Engineering Festival & X-STEM Symposium 2015 Last year we had the pleasure of attending the USA Science & Engineering Festival along with the X-STEM Symposium in Washington, D.C. and, as expected, it did not disappoint. USA Science & Engineering Expo The 4th annual USA Science & Engineering Festival is the largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education event in the U.S. and includes hand-on demonstrations, lectures given by top industry speakers, free information sessions and hands-on interactive lessons.  Many top universities and colleges participate including schools such as Johns Hopkins, M.I.T. and Carnegie Mellon University.  Parents and students have the opportunity to interact with exhibitors and speakers, engage in lessons and collect information regarding numerous scientific educational programs. This year’s festival is sponsored by Lockheed Martin with the X-STEM Symposium sponsored by MedImmune.  The festival will again take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D. C.  Unlike in years past, the free Expo will take place the weekend of April 16th & 17th with X-Stem concluding the festival on April 28th, 2015. X-STEM Extreme Symposium The X-STEM symposium offers incredible Ted-Style talks for middle and high school students.  This one day program consists of lectures and workshops given by top speakers in the science, math, medical and engineering professions.  Speakers hail from top universities, government agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations. Subjects include: Space Exploration Paleontology Bio-inspired robotics Marine Biology Mathematics Geoscience Computer Science Photography Pharmacology Medicine Astronomy Physics Chemistry   Fun Learning Events Include: Meet the creator of StoryBookMath, Ms. Vanessa Thompson, and learn how she makes learning math exciting for students. Listen to Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa tell his story of how he transformed his life from an immigrant picking weeds to a neurosurgeon and researcher at Johns Hopkins University. Attend Oracle Academy Workshop and learn how to get started programming using Java with Carnegie Mellon’s Alice program (For those of you that remember the remarkable Randy Pausch from “The Last Lecture” — he helped create this program). Take an adventure with PaleoQuest and explore the ocean for new species of sharks, whales and other marine mammals. Listen to famous mathematician Dr. Frank Morgan known for proving the “Double Bubble” conjecture, discuss his techniques for motivating students and teaching mathematics. Listen to a lecture by Mr. Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway human transporter. And many more lectures and hands-on workshops — too many to list here in this post. Logistics: Location: Walter E. Convention Center, Washington D.C. 801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001 Date:  April 28th from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Registration is still available to attend X-Stem. If you are an HSLDA member please contact them for the FREE admission code valid for up to six people for the X-STEM Symposium. Sneak Peak Friday will take place Friday April...

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