Atlanta Science Festival Delivers Interactive Grand Finale, the Exploration Expo at Piedmont Park

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024

The Atlanta Science Festival (ASF) presented by Delta Air Lines, the city’s ultimate celebration of all things science and one of the largest of its kind in the country, runs now through March 23 with 150 events taking place throughout metro Atlanta. ASF will once again deliver its annual, interactive grand finale, the Exploration Expo. The event materializes 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 23 in Piedmont Park. Best of all, it’s free.

Thousands of curious kids and adults will descend upon Piedmont Park to experience the wonder of science with more than 100 hands-on interactive science booths from local organizations, universities, and companies showing off Atlanta science at this year’s Exploration Expo. 

“Every year we bring the festival to a close with our grand event, the Exploration Expo, ” says co-founder and co-executive director, Jordan Rose. “Not only does it provide a great ending to the Festival, but it also serves as a celebration of our community's shared love for science.”

The Exploration Expo features seven exciting Zones where guests can dive into science experiences firsthand. 

  • Encounter Zone, brought to you by Emory University: Encounter electricity in motion, experiment with Ai, dig for bones, look through microscopes, and meet remarkable women in science.

  • Discover Zone, brought to you by Mercer University & Mercer Health Sciences Center: Discover the science of electric vehicles, turn plastic into concrete, tackle the drone obstacle course, and explore the journey of our water!

  • Invent Zone, brought to you by Georgia Tech: Protect buildings from the Slime-Quake, find out what’s inside a beehive, learn how muscles and bones work, and meet our microscopic heroes.

  • Thrive Zone, brought to you by Kennesaw State University: See the inside of a jet engine, make math magic happen, ace the athletic combine, and keep your heart healthy! 

  • Curious Zone, brought to you by the Atlanta Section of IEEE: Step into the Engineer's Workshop, explore a data center, touch scaly and slimy critters, complete the C-130 Mission Competition.

  • STEAM Zone: Hone the art of science haiku, see how science inspires art, dance through algorithms, and make your own ice cream!

  • Power-Up Zone, brought to you by Georgia Power: Discover how electricity powers our state, become a natural gas technician for the day – and then grab a bite from the food trucks nearby.

Spicing things up at precisely 12 p.m. is the Pink Ping Pong Big Bang, when thousands of pink ping-pong balls launch into the skies. Help countdown this explosion of science in The Meadow, sponsored by Emory University and performed by Dr. Doug Mulford and the ChEmory student group. 

Later at 1 p.m., performing painter and global STEAM ambassador, Patcasso, will awe the audience through innovative connections of art and science. Additionally, guests can create art of their own by contributing to the Science.Art.Wonder mural and writing their own science haiku poetry.

If all of that interactive science works up an appetite, take advantage of the many food and drink vendors setting up in the park as part of the Atlanta Science Festival. Complimentary water is available at stations throughout the Expo. Seating is available at the Power-Up Zone and at tables throughout the park. Guests are welcome to bring picnic blankets, refillable water bottles, and their own snacks. 

The Atlanta Science Festival Exploration Expo takes place rain or shine. A complete exhibitor list, map, and additional event details at