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Fall Into Science Festival + Birthday Blowout

October 17, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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One event on October 31, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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Saturday, October 17 from 10am – 2pm (Featuring: Special Virtual Q&A with Astronaut Don Thomas)
Saturday, October 31 from 10am – 2pm (Birthday Blowout)


It’s fall, y’all! We’re celebrating the changing of the season with a series of outdoor events throughout the month of October. Our Fall Into Science Festival will conclude with a Halloween-inspired birthday blowout on October 31st. We’re turning 75 on that very day after-all. There will be a variety of maker tents with hands-on learning fun, new live science shows, spoOoOky demonstrations, and more. We’ll have a costume contest on the 31st, so prepare to visit wearing your best fit! 

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Here’s a peek at what’s in store:

Science of Magic – Check out a special live presentation with some exciting illusions explained! It’s not magic, it’s science!
Make Like A Tree – Investigate what gives leaves their beautiful fall colors as you make some marbled leaf art of your own.
Curious Collections: From bat skeletons and preserved insects to a truly cool tarantula molt, check out a selection of some of the spookiest specimens in our education collection.
Spooky Sound Effects : Explore the science of spooky sound effects and make some eerie noises with unexpected materials, including a unique instrument called a theremin.
Pumpkin Catapults: Design, build, and test a tabletop catapult meant to launch a tiny pumpkin all the way back to the pumpkin patch.
Bubbling Cauldrons: Conjure a crystal ball with the help of some bubbles and dry ice and reach into the cauldron to create some giant bubbles perfect for this outdoor fall celebration.

Zoom with Astronaut Don Thomas, Moderated by Janet of Janet’s Planet
Saturday, October 17 at 11am 

Don Thomas is an astronautscientistprofessional speakereducator, and author of Orbit of Discovery about his STS-70 mission aboard space shuttle Discovery. A veteran of four flights, Don has spent 44 days in space and orbited the Earth nearly 700 times. Today, Don is helping to inform and excite the public about our future in space and preparing our next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers for their missions in the future. Check back soon for details on how to join virtually if you’re not able to attend in person! 


October 17, 2020
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37203 United States
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(615) 862-5160