GPC Hosts Multiple Atlanta Science Festival Events

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Listen to the beat of the drums or the sonorous tones of a classical viola. See how music can change the structure of a liquid to a dancing solid, or watch how sand can move into beautiful patterns with sound vibrations. It’s all a part of the Atlanta Science Festival March 22-29. Georgia Perimeter College science and music professors are collaborating for this metro-wide event by offering unique ways to look at the art of science and music. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Here are a few; for more information, go to

Decatur Campus Events, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur.
• Love drums? Don’t miss the “Drumlines and Soundwaves” performance and talk at Georgia Perimeter College Decatur Campus south quad courtyard, at 12 p.m. Saturday, March 22. DeKalb County’s Columbia High School drum line “The Percussion Kings” will perform, along with other high school bands. Learn how the hard driving percussion soundwaves travel through space with a talk by GPC science professor Christopher Okafor. If it rains, this event moves to the gymnasium.

• Senior citizens from nearby communities are invited for a morning of music therapy and science at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 25. During this event a healthcare professional will provide music therapy, a biologist will discuss the anatomy of the brain and a physicist will talk about both the physics of sound and movement in relation to the brain. Building C-2100

• What’s that strange eerie Star Trek music? It’s the sound produced by the light theremin. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, learn how to make your own light theremin, which is electronic musical instrument using integrated circuits, current and light. Also learn how to create neat sand patterns in another sound experiment by GPC physics professor Susannah Lomant. The first 20 people will receive a free light theremin kit. The event is free. Building SF, Room 2100.

• On Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m., join jazz musicians at the GPC Botanical Garden at the back of the Decatur Campus for “The Physics, Biology and Chemistry of Woodwinds in a Jazz Ensemble.” This session will alternate jazz sets with brief lectures on the materials that make the instrument and the instrument design. Fee is $5. Rain site is in Building C.

Events on the Alpharetta Campus, 3705 Brookside Parkway, Alpharetta include:

• Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia State University are teaming up for “The Science of Music—Let’s Make Waves,” at the GSU Alpharetta Campus on Saturday, March 22. The film, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” will be shown at 1 p.m. at GSU. There will be short presentations before and after the film by Dr. Laura Whitlock, GPC Alpharetta math and science chairman, and GSU’s Samuel Quinn. Have your photo taken with our “alien” friend!

Events on GPC’s Clarkston Campus, 555 N. Indian Creek Road, Clarkston include:
• “The Science of Music,” Fine Arts Building. A series of three lectures with concerts Sunday, March 23, Tuesday, March 25, and Wednesday, March 26 exploring the science in music, including “The Vibrations of Strings,” with a GPC viola guest artist and pianist, at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23. Dr. Jim Guinn, GPC physics professor will talk about how physics (plus talent!) helps produce these instruments’ unmistakable and unique sounds The talk, followed by a concert is 2 p.m. in Room CF 0110, (Performance Studio).
• “The Science of Music Fair” in Building C, Room 2190, from 12-2 p.m., Friday March 28 Events include: Earth Rocks: Music of the Sphere,” and “Dances with Non-Newtonian Fluids.” Geology instructor Steve Fitzpatrick will get some rocks to “sing” with a special demonstration using an electric guitar in “Earth Rocks.” In “Dances with Non-Newtonian Fluids,” participants can pour fluids like ketchup or paint over a covered amplifier and watch them “dance” to their favorite tunes.

• Also on Friday: “Yoga and Meditation: The Power of Biomusicology” from 2-3:45 p.m. in Room CF 0100. This will be a relaxing program of yoga, supplemented by cymatic therapy, which uses music vibrations for a soothing effect. Guests will be led through a yoga session while learning how the cymatics of meditation sounds may play a role in their relaxation.
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The first event of its kind in the metro area, the Atlanta Science Festival is a weeklong celebration of local science and technology that will culminate with an all-day interactive Exploration Expo at Centennial Olympic Park. Scientists, experts and educators from local schools, colleges, universities, museums, and corporations will uncover mysteries and explain discoveries in hands-on activities, facility tours, presentations, and performances at venues across the city. The festival is produced by a collaboration of science, cultural, and educational institutions, led by Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. To learn more, visit or call 770-322-4992.
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