Science at Hand Day

Saturday, November 9 from 10am – 2pm

Astronomy, biology, chemistry—oh my! Which of the sciences will you try?

This is a unique chance to learn what it’s like to be a scientist and explore different scientific fields. Guests will enjoy one-on-one opportunities to talk with scientists and community volunteers, learn more about sciences through hands-on activities and more.

Scheduled Activities

10am-2pm, Near Dinosaur Plaza
The ArchaeoBus is a travelling emissary for the Society for Georgia Archaeology, bringing dynamic educational programs to students and people around the state. Come explore Georgia’s Mobile Archaeology Classroom!

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute - Georgia Tech Chapter
10am-2pm, Great Hall
Build structures and test their stability in earthquakes. Simulate earthquakes and observe their impacts. Is there such a thing as an earthquake-proof building?

Clayton State Chemistry Club
10am-2pm, Great Hall
Marvel at the magic of chemistry—make electrons flow through clay, and separate mixtures to reveal beautiful pictures.

Clayton State SEEDS Chapter
10am-2pm, Great Hall
Explore the science of ecology and how everything on our planet is connected.

Astronomy Club at Georgia State University
10am-2pm, Great Hall
Investigate the wonders of our solar system and all the remarkable objects within it.

Clayton County Water Authority
10am-2pm, Great Hall
Learn more about the water we drink and where it comes from.  Why are wetlands important for water, animals and plants? 

Emory University – NSF Center for Selective C-H Functionalization
10am-2pm, Great Hall
Caffeinated Chemistry? See what happens when a slow reaction gets a boost through a process called catalysis.

Georgia Tech Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
10am-2pm, Great Hall
Experience a game that simulates a range of driving experiences. Also enjoy a "What's wrong with this picture?" game to show how designs can be confusing to users.

Georgia State Neuroscience Institute
10am-2pm, Great Hall
What do brains do? Check out animal brains, and build one of your own out of dough.

NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution
10am-2pm, Great Hall
Get messy and hands-on with scientific paradigms. How would you expect sand to behave in water? What about cornstarch and water?

Authors of Roadside Geology of Georgia (Roadside Geology Series)
10am-2pm, Outside the Museum Store, Entry Level
Meet the authors of the new Roadside Geology of Georgia (Roadside Geology Series), Dr. Pamela Gore and Dr. Bill Witherspoon. Pick up your copy of the book in Fernbank’s gift shop and have it signed by the authors.

Walk Through Time with Roadside Geology of Georgia
1pm, A Walk Through Time in Georgia, Entry Level
See the Fernbank exhibition A Walk Through Time in Georgia in a new light as co-author of Roadside Geology of Georgia, Dr. Bill Witherspoon leads guests through the exhibit.  Meet at the exhibition Orientation Desk for what is sure to be a one of a kind experience.

Cost: Included with Museum admission and FREE for members

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