Gifts for Science Lovers

Gifts for Science Lovers

Whether you need a gift for the science enthusiast in your life, or just want to treat yourself to the gift of knowledge, Atlanta’s Lead Explore (ALEX) has you covered. Check out ALEX’s favorite gifts for science lovers, including books, magazines, and more!

BOOKS

Science books for kids

We love reading and have had many authors visit over the years at the Atlanta Science Festival. ALEX’s list below includes books by our ASF author friends and many more. Stop by one of Atlanta’s local independent bookstores to buy them for your favorite science lover or check them out online.

For younger science fans:

Science Books for Adults

For older science enthusiasts:

If you want to keep the science going all year round, consider one of ALEX’s favorite magazines!

MAGAZINES (Print and Online)

Science magazines for all ages

CLICK® Magazine (3-6)

ASK® Magazine (6-9)

MUSE® Magazine (9-14)

National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Little Kids (3-9)

Discover (14+)

Ars Technica (14+)

ECO-FRIENDLY GIFTS

If you’ve read as much science as you can and want some other gift ideas, ALEX has a few picks for the household that help save the earth and the species that live here.

SHOP SCIENCE ATL!

Shop Science ATL and Atlanta Science Festival Merch

You can now shop exclusive Science ATL and Atlanta Science Festival merch online! Grab your “Science Y’all” t-shirts and commemorative Atlanta Science Festival shirts and merchandise to celebrate local STEM/STEAM in Atlanta! Shop here.

And always, to keep inspiring curiosity in Atlanta, consider a donation to Science ATL in honor of your favorite science fan. Science ATL Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people together through the wonder of science.

Explore Your World Through Science with the Science ATL Passport

Science ATL Passport

Science ATL is thrilled to announce the arrival of the Science ATL Passport, thanks to sponsorship from International Paper. The Science ATL Passport invites and encourages kids of all ages to take scientific expeditions close to home.

WHAT IS THE SCIENCE ATL PASSPORT?

Where a traditional passport includes space for stamps that indicate your entrance to and exit from a country, this passport offers space to describe and reflect on your experiences with local science, technology, engineering, and math. Each page offers ideas for experiments, activities, or exercises organized around different ways that human beings experience the world around them. There is also a list of unique science adventures around Atlanta.

Find additional Passport resources here.

WHERE CAN I GET ONE?

The Science ATL Passport is currently available at these Fulton Library System Branches:

Alpharetta

Fairburn

Kirkwood

Roswell

Wolf Creek

Southeast Atlanta

I FINISHED MY PASSPORT, NOW WHAT?

Once all 32 pages are completed, participants should send passports back to Science ATL to receive a special prize in the mail, along with a new passport.

Send completed passports to:

Science ATL

191 Peachtree Street N.E.

Suite 3400

Atlanta, GA 30303

or

SCAN PAGES AND SEND TO

[email protected]

The Science ATL Passport is printed on 30% post-consumer waste recycled paper. Special thanks to Science ATL sponsor, International Paper, for supplying the recycled paper.

Science ATL Partners with the Science Festival Alliance to Bring the Annual Science Events Summit

Science Events Summit

Science ATL is delighted to partner with the Science Festival Alliance to bring the annual Science Events Summit to Atlanta this June 1 – 2. This is the only professional meeting of its kind, and brings together anyone interested in what happens when people get together in-person in the name of science. Every year the Summit draws professionals and passionate volunteers from across North America to talk shop, share stories, and get re-energized.

We’ll be posting up at the Carter Center and nerding out over ideas of how to bring science into the public sphere. We’ll dive into best practices, evaluation, wacky ideas, and just enjoy the company of people who all exist in this professional space.

Registration for the Summit includes meals served on both days, a great conference dinner, and a ticket to the public event the night before. It’s a great deal, especially if you register before Early Bird rates expire on March 15. As a friend of Science ATL, use our secret discount to get $50 off: ATLfriends

See you at the Summit!

Science ATL Receives International Paper Foundation Grant

Science ATL receives $50,000 grant from International Paper.

The International Paper team (from left to right: Rick Ayers, Louis Salters, Kelvin Simmons, Tom Wissing, Shantel McClendon) presents the grant to Atlanta Science Festival’s mascot, ALEX, and Jordan Rose, executive co-director of Science ATL.

Science ATL Inc. has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the International Paper Foundation. Funds will support Science ATL’s programs to strengthen youth engagement and leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The grant will support the Atlanta Science Festival and expand the Chief Science Officers leadership program and Passport to Science.

“With support from International Paper, we are continuing to bring people together through the wonder of science.”

The Atlanta Science Festival reaches more than 50,000 people annually with two weeks of exciting events at venues across metro Atlanta. At more than 100 events during this year’s Festival from March 6-21, 2020, adults and children alike will meet newts and bees, practice yoga with elephants, hike trails, write code, taste coffee, dig for bones, and discover the science behind roller derby. Representatives from International Paper will showcase the science and technology behind their business at an exhibit booth during the Festival’s free grand finale event: the Exploration Expo at Piedmont Park on March 21.

“With support from International Paper, we are continuing to bring people together through the wonder of science,” said Jordan Rose, co-founder and executive co-director of Science ATL. “It is so important that young people in our community have opportunities to interact with science and engineering professionals at companies like International Paper, recognizing that there are STEM jobs available right here in our backyard.”

The grant will further broaden access to science learning opportunities for disadvantaged communities through Science ATL’s Georgia Chief Science Officers (CSO) and Passport to Science programs. The CSO program empowers middle and high school student leaders to create change in their communities, enhancing STEM awareness and engagement among their peers. As CSOs, students are starting robotics teams and coding clubs, building outdoor classrooms and community food pantries, establishing school recycling programs and hosting family STEM nights at schools throughout metro Atlanta.

Additional support will pilot a family science activity passport in conjunction with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. The passport encourages youth to engage with STEM by providing specific ideas for ways and places they can interact with STEM in their homes and neighborhoods. These programs not only to remove perceived barriers about who does science, but also connect youth to the fundamental role STEM plays in their own lives and in the health and prosperity of our region.

“On behalf of the six International Paper facilities in the Atlanta metro area, we are proud to support Science ATL and their mission to improve access to science learning opportunities in our communities.”

The International Paper Foundation is one of the ways International Paper strives to reach its vision to be among the most successful, sustainable, and responsible companies in the world. Started in 1952, the foundation annually provides millions in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to address critical needs in the communities where its employees live and work. Funding priority is given to programs related to its signature causes: education, hunger, health and wellness, disaster relief, and initiatives that improve the planet. For more information, visit ipgiving.com.

“On behalf of the six International Paper facilities in the Atlanta metro area, we are proud to support Science ATL and their mission to improve access to science learning opportunities in our communities,” said Louis Salters, Manufacturing Manager, Tucker Preprint, North American Container, International Paper. “Their programs are a great way to connect thousands of children and families in our community to STEM learning.”

About Science ATL

Science ATL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people together through the wonder of science. The mission began in 2014 with the Atlanta Science Festival, co-founded by Emory University, Georgia Tech, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. This annual two-week event, presented by Delta Air Lines, has brought science programming to more than 200,000 people in metro Atlanta. Additional Science ATL initiatives and events increase public interest in and appreciation of science in Atlanta with easy access points to science, technology, engineering and math throughout the year.

Science ATL Expands with Year-Round STEM Events, Programming in Atlanta


Non-profit Science ATL becomes parent organization of Atlanta Science Festival

Science lovers of all ages can experience the kinetic excitement of STEM-centric events and programs year-round thanks to Science ATL, which is now the official parent organization of the popular annual happening, the Atlanta Science Festival.

In addition to the Atlanta Science Festival, taking place March 6-21, 2020, a variety of Science ATL events will come to life across metro Atlanta throughout the next 12 months. This will include Science of Wine short courses; the Sci-cycle bicycle scavenger hunt during Atlanta Streets Alive; and next year’s Race Through Space 5K.

“This type of perpetual programming is perfect for metro Atlanta,” says David Hartnett, Science ATL’s chairman of the board and chief economic development officer at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “It certainly builds on the region’s booming STEM-related educational opportunities, economic development, and careers. We’re setting the stage for Atlanta’s leaders of tomorrow.”

Upcoming Science ATL events and sponsors

With major funding from Emory University, Delta Air Lines, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, and a host of other supporters, Science ATL continues the organization’s mission to bring people together and strengthen community through the wonder of science. The year-round commitment will build upon the success of Science ATL’s initial programming:

  • The Science Scene Calendar: Want to keep tabs on scientific fun taking place throughout the region? Visit this online calendar of local science-themed events, connecting science enthusiasts, both young and old.
  • Georgia Chief Science Officers: This program develops a group of middle and high school students as STEM leaders in their schools, empowering them to have a voice and make a positive change in their communities.
  • Science ATL Communication Fellowship: This exclusive fellowship trains scientists on how to better communicate with a range of public audiences, and gives them the opportunity to develop and execute at least two public engagement activities.

Science ATL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people together through the wonder of science. The mission began in 2014 with the Atlanta Science Festival, co-founded by Emory University, Georgia Tech, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. This annual two-week event, presented by Delta Air Lines, has brought science programming to more than 200,000 people in metro Atlanta. Additional Science ATL initiatives and events increase public interest in and appreciation of science in Atlanta with easy access points to science, technology, engineering and math throughout the year.

New Grants Further Atlanta Science Festival Mission

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and NCR Foundation funding help bring science to communities

Atlanta Science Festival, the annual two-week celebration of science and technology, recently received a pair of grants to help further its mission to spread the wonder of science throughout metro Atlanta. This includes a two-year $180,000 grant from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and a one-year $100,000 grant from the NCR Foundation.

“With the support of corporate and foundation leaders we can improve access to science learning opportunities for so many young people,” says Jordan Rose, co-director of Atlanta Science Festival. “And we’re incredibly grateful to both The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the NCR Foundation for investing in the community to promote STEM throughout Atlanta.”

The Arthur M. Family Blank Foundation grant will be used to cultivate 50 middle and high school student STEM leaders in metro Atlanta through the Georgia Chief Science Officers program. This program enhances the students’ leadership, communication, and advocacy skills to meet the growing demand for these skills in STEM careers. The students, elected by their peers, will further STEM awareness and programming in their school communities. Students will also participate as leaders in community events outside their schools, sharing ideas with legislators, board members, CEOs, and other decision-makers in the community.

In addition, the NCR Foundation grant will be used to expand science learning opportunities for residents primarily in the south central and southwest neighborhoods of Atlanta. The project will fund Atlanta Science Festival initiatives in these neighborhoods, including 50 bus vouchers to attend the Festival’s Expo, 20 Imagining the Future school visits, 12 Chief Science Officers, targeted marketing efforts, and formation of a Community Advisory Board to assess community STEM needs. The goal is to connect 4,000 children from selected neighborhoods to out-of-school science learning experiences, and to strengthen the capacity of community organizations to engage families in informal science learning experiences.

“Bolstering STEM activities and awareness in these communities is essential to developing Atlanta’s scientific future,” Rose adds. “As we continue investing in tomorrow’s STEM leaders, we’re thrilled to see what these young minds have in store.”

Interviews are available upon request.

About Atlanta Science Festival Inc.

Atlanta Science Festival Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people together through the wonder of science. Founded in 2014 by Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Metro Atlanta Chamber, the organization produces the annual two-week Atlanta Science Festival, presented by Delta Air Lines, which has brought science programming to more than 200,000 people in the metro Atlanta region. The Festival celebrates local science and technology, featuring more than 100 events throughout metro Atlanta from March 9-23, 2019, reaching 50,000 children and adults annually. Festival events feature hands-on activities, tours, tastings, and performances with 100 partner organizations, plus the Exploration Expo, Atlanta’s biggest interactive family science event. Atlanta Science Festival Inc. is now extending this excitement year-round through a series of programming and partnership-building initiatives called Science ATL. The new Science ATL initiatives will increase public interest in and appreciation of science in Atlanta by creating and promoting easy access points to science, technology, engineering, and math throughout the year. In 2018, Science ATL launched an online public science events calendar, the Chief Science Officers leadership program for middle and high school students, a science activity passport, and a science communication fellowship. In the future, Science ATL will produce additional public science events and learning opportunities throughout the year.

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to transform the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today. The Foundation invests in education, parks and greenspace, youth development, community redevelopment, and the arts, and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, PGA TOUR Superstore, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, and West Creek Ranch. Mr. Blank, chairman of the Foundation, co-founded The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001. Through the foundation and his family’s personal giving, Mr. Blank has granted more than $360 million to various charitable organizations.

For more information about The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, visit www.BlankFoundation.org or follow on Facebook @BlankFamilyFoundation or Instagram and Twitter @BlankFoundation.

About The NCR Foundation

The NCR Foundation was established in 1953 to help support community needs consistent with its mission. As NCR Corporation has evolved into a leading enterprise technology company, the NCR Foundation has evolved its grant strategy consistent with its focus on providing opportunities where there is potential.  Our mission is to support NCR’s interest in building stronger communities by making strategic grants to non-profit partners in our communities including global grants through U.S.-based international non-profit agencies in the focus areas of education, disability issues and health support programs.

Science ATL Delivers Year-Round Special Events, Educational Opportunities to Metro Atlanta

This Extension of Atlanta Science Festival Now Accepting Corporate Sponsorships

The creators of Atlanta Science Festival ­–the immensely popular, annual celebration of science and technology– proudly announce the formation of Science ATL. Science ATL offers all of the wonder, discovery, and excitement of the Atlanta Science Festival year-round. This includes hosting science-themed events and educational opportunities for all ages. Science ATL is now accepting corporate sponsorships to help fully realize its mission.

“Science is a through-line of our daily existence,” said Meisa Salaita, co-founder of Science ATL and co-director of Atlanta Science Festival. “Atlanta is truly a science city – home to tremendous learning opportunities and a variety of STEM careers. Honoring this culture of innovation, we are expanding the spirit of Atlanta Science Festival throughout the entire year.”

Science ATL launches with programming taking place this fall and more to come.

  • The Science Scene Calendar: Want to keep tabs on scientific fun taking place throughout the city? Visit this online calendar of metro Atlanta happenings, connecting science enthusiasts, both young and old. Available now.
  • Georgia Chief Science Officers – This program develops a group of middle and high school students as STEM leaders in their schools and communities, giving them the opportunity to meet with legislators, school board members, STEM industry mentors, and businesses. Available now.
  • Science ATL Communication Training: This fellowship trains scientists on how to better communicate with a range of public audiences, and gives them the opportunity to develop and execute at least two public engagement activities. Available now.
  • Science ATL Passport – Students use these passports to document science in their everyday lives, creating a living record of how they engage with STEM outside the classroom. Coming soon.
  • Science ATL Events: Beginning summer 2019, Science ATL will curate its own quarterly events similar to those found at Atlanta Science Festival. Think scientific superstars, live demonstrations, hands-on engagement, and more. Coming summer 2019.

“Atlanta Science Festival is working with fantastic partners to enrich the STEM community in Atlanta,” said Salaita. “For Science ATL to succeed in branding Atlanta as a science city, we need to rally even more likeminded supporters of science, technology, engineering, and math.”

Corporations can join forces alongside current sponsors such as Delta Air Lines, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and more.

Current Sponsor Testimonials

“Science ATL and the Atlanta Science Festival emphasize the fact Atlanta remains a hub for scientific advancement and innovation. There couldn’t be a better backdrop to showcase science-infused businesses and inspire the scientists of tomorrow.”

-Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of Metro Atlanta Chamber

“For years the Atlanta Science Festival has provided creative, hands-on activities to introduce young people to science applications in our daily lives. With the launch of Science ATL, they can have those experiences year-round throughout our community, helping to inspire the next generation to explore STEM fields.”

Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson

“As an academic community committed to creativity and discovery, we at Emory are extremely proud of our involvement with Atlanta Science Festival. The launch of Science ATL allows us to celebrate the importance of scientific inquiry year-round—it’s a great day for the entire metro Atlanta area and well beyond.”

-Claire E. Sterk, president of Emory University

“Georgia Power remains committed to engaging more students in science, technology, engineering, and math to generate tomorrow’s STEM workforce. Our partnership with Science ATL and the Atlanta Science Festival helps further that mission in a major way right here in our own backyard.”

– Anne Kaiser, VP Community & Economic Development, Georgia Power