Press Release

Science Comes Alive at Fernbank Museum during Annual Science at Hand Day

ATLANTA—October 26, 2012—For 20 years, Fernbank Museum of Natural History has provided exhibitions, films and programming that reveal the unique and interesting ways that science can be fun. The Museum continues its celebration of the fantastic world of science during Science at Hand Day, featuring a variety of engaging activities and opportunities to interact with scientists.

Science at Hand Day will be held on Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. This is a unique opportunity to meet scientists, learn about what they do, discover how they got there, and experience what it's like to be a scientist by taking part in real experiments and fun activities as you explore different scientific fields.

Science at Hand Day activities include*:

  • NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution
    Get messy and hands-on with scientific paradigms. How would you expect sand to react with water… or pepper with soap?
  • Georgia Tech Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
    What makes a design bad? And how would we redesign it to be better? Test your driving skills with a computer simulator, then try again while falsely impaired. How was it different?
  • Georgia State Neuroscience Institute
    What do brains do? Check out animal brains and build one of your own. 
  • Georgia Tech Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
    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
    Experience chemistry by making your own slime, testing the wonders of invisible ink and marvel at the magic of static electricity. 
  • Warnell School of Forestry
    Get up-close with live animals and learn more about their habitats.
  • Georgia Beekeepers Association
    Learn about the secret lives of bees and why they're important to our lives. Observe a real display of honey bees and talk with beekeepers. 
  • Clayton County Water Authority
    Learn more about the water we drink and where it comes from. Why are wetlands important for water, animals and plants?
  • Clayton State Biology
    Practice your science skills in microscopy as you check out a variety of specimens to learn more about them.
  • Georgia State Astronomy Club
    Investigate the wonders of our solar system and all the parts that create it.

All Science at Hand Day activities are included with Museum admission and are free for members. Museum admission is $17.50 for adults, $16.50 for students and seniors, $15.50 for children ages 3 to 12, free for children ages 2 and under, and free for Museum members. Support for Fernbank's Science at Hand Day is provided in part by AT&T Real Yellow Pages, The Official Yellow Pages of Fernbank Museum.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road, NE in Atlanta. For tickets and visitor information, call 404.929.6300 or visit


*Activities subject to change without notice.