Press Release

Try a Hand at Being a Scientist at Fernbank’s Annual Science at Hand Day Nov. 9

Oct. 31, 2013—ATLANTA—Astronomy, biology, chemistry—oh my! Which of the sciences will you try? On Saturday, November 9, 2013, Fernbank Museum of Natural History gives visitors a chance to explore everything that’s cool about being a scientist with its annual Science at Hand Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. visitors will discover a variety of scientific fields and investigate what it’s like to be a scientist. 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 and Partners Include:*

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute - Georgia Tech Chapter
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
Marvel at the magic of chemistry—make electrons flow through clay, and separate mixtures to reveal beautiful pictures.

Clayton State SEEDS Chapter
Explore the science of ecology and how everything on our planet is connected.

Astronomy Club at Georgia State University
Investigate the wonders of our solar system and all the remarkable objects within it.

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? 

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

Georgia Tech Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
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
What do brains do? Check out animal brains, and build one of your own out of dough.

NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution
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
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.

ArchaeoBus
10am-2pm
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!

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.

All Science at Hand Day activities are included with Museum admission and are free for members. Tickets are $17.50 for adults, $16.50 for students/seniors, $15.50 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and younger.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Tickets and visitor information are available at www.fernbankmuseum.org or 404.929.6300 (info) / 404.929.6400 (tickets). 

Events, activities and chances to win are also posted on Facebook (facebook.com/FernbankMuseum) and Twitter (@fernbankmusuem).

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Support for Fernbank’s Science at Hand Day provided The GM Foundation. 

*Activities are subject to change without notice.