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STEM Day at Zoo Atlanta

Explore science, technology, engineering and math in the Zoo during a statewide celebration on May 3.

WHAT:
Zoo Atlanta joins fellow educators, schools, students and educational organizations statewide in celebrating Georgia’s seventh-annual STEM Day on Friday, May 3, 2019. The collaborative celebration, produced by TAG-Ed, engages STEM-based organizations and schools across the state to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Visitors and school groups are encouraged to visit STEM-centric activity stations throughout the Zoo. At the Science Station, use microscopes to look at insects up-close, and play “fact or fiction” to test your insect knowledge. At the Technology Station, use FLIR thermal imaging technology at the gorilla habitats, and examine camera-trap images to better understand gorilla behaviors. At the Engineering Station, engineer design solutions focused on the future all-new African Savanna. At the Math Station, count and estimate wildlife populations using mark-recapture methods. Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while supplies last, and are free with general admission.

Now more than ever, the STEM disciplines are central to the evolving fields of wildlife conservation, zoological animal care and interpretive design. Zoo Atlanta exemplifies and promotes excellence in these disciplines, from groundbreaking animal behavior research to cutting-edge research technology to exhibit design.

Zoo Atlanta serves as a year-round resource for both formal and information education in Georgia, serving 91,229 students and more than 27,000 program participants in 2018. The Zoo offers inquiry-based classroom programs, field trips and professional learning opportunities for educators and a wealth of other resources that support STEM curriculum at all grade levels.

Plan a visit at zooatlanta.org. Learn more about STEM Day at tagedonline.org.

WHEN:                   
Friday, May 3, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:                  
Zoo Atlanta 
800 Cherokee Avenue, S.E.
Atlanta, GA  30315

CONTACT:         
Rachel Davis, Director of Communications
404.624.2812 – office 
404.309.2238 – cell
rdavis@zooatlanta.org

Gavin Johnson, Public Relations and Communications Specialist
404.624.5980 – office 
gjohnson@zooatlanta.org


ABOUT:               
About Zoo Atlanta
A proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the gold standard for animal care and welfare, Zoo Atlanta has a mission to save wildlife and their habitats through conservation, research, education and engaging experiences. The Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them endangered or critically endangered. Highlights include giant pandas, including Ya Lun and Xi Lun, the only giant panda twins in the U.S.; one of North America’s largest zoological populations of great apes; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Recent transformations include Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience, home to more than 70 species in the world’s first LEED Gold-certified reptile and amphibian complex. Experiences include behind-the-scenes Wild Encounters with African lions, Aldabra giant tortoises, giant pandas and lemurs. Zoo Atlanta is open year-round with the exceptions of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Keeper Talks, interactive wildlife presentations, education programs and special events run year-round. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.

Coming in summer 2019: the all-new African Savanna, featuring new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs and meerkats. The African Savanna is part of the Zoo’s landmark Grand New View transformation. Future elements include Savanna Hall, a state-of-the-art special event destination, and a new grand entry plaza, opening in early 2020. For more on the Zoo’s mission and conservation programs and partnerships, visit zooatlanta.org/conservation or download the 2018 conservation report, Beyond the Zoo.

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