Science ATL is broadening access to STEM learning and careers. A primary example is our largest initiative the Atlanta Science Festival. For the past five years, we’ve drawn an audience that closely matches the racial/ethnic diversity in metro Atlanta, is 60% female, and comes from 300+ unique zip codes throughout Georgia. More than two-thirds of our Festival events are free. And, we provide bus vouchers to schools and groups serving economically disadvantaged students to attend events including the Festival’s Exploration Expo.
Support for Science ATL helps to extend, enhance and supplement STEM learning opportunities across Atlanta. Having served nearly 200,000 people at our events and programs over the last six years, we have seen and heard first-hand how access to engaging science programming inspires youth and adults – particularly those from under-represented backgrounds. We have witnessed how interactions between scientists and non-scientists reverse stereotypes about STEM professionals, and galvanize students and adults from diverse backgrounds to consider a STEM career. We have seen how exposure to the central role STEM subjects play in our daily lives helps broaden career possibilities and influence choices that determine the health and prosperity of individuals, families, and communities. To read more about our community impact, explore our latest Annual Report.