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Emory's Science Commons exhibit has robot theme, science quotes for Atlanta Science Fest

By Ramsey Baden | Emory Report | March 12, 2018

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The Science Commons exhibit, in honor of the Atlanta Science Festival 2018, features robot-themed books and a science quote wall, where visitors can write and post their favorite science quote. Credit: Emory Libraries.

For the second year, the Emory Libraries’ Science Commons in the Atwood Chemistry Center is collaborating with the Atlanta Science Festival (ASF), inviting visitors to interact with a new exhibit that features robot-themed books and a science quotes wall. 

The exhibit, open now through the end of March, has a display of science-related books from the Emory Libraries for children and adults alike. One of these books is “Spare Parts” by Joshua Davis, which chronicles the story of four teenagers from Mexico who overcome adversity to win a major robotics competition. The display includes a selection of relevant graphic novels, such as “Things from the Flood” by Simon Stalenhag. In addition, visitors are invited to write their favorite science-related quote (and the source of the quote) and pin it up on the quote wall in the middle of the display.

The ASF is taking place now through March 24 at Piedmont Park, with many events at other locations throughout Atlanta, including at Emory. The festival covers a range of topics, from women in STEM to archaeology and Frankenstein. 

Creating curiosity about science and engaging people of all ages is a hallmark of the ASF’s partnership with the Science Commons. Jordan Rose, co-founder of the ASF, describes the Science Commons as “a microcosm of the type of community we envision for Atlanta — where scientific thinking and discourse are infused into our daily lives, even outside of academia.”

This focus on incorporating science into everyday life makes the Science Commons an ideal space for the ASF. The Atwood Chemistry Center will also host the ASF Chemistry Carnival on Friday, March 23, when foot traffic near the Science Commons will be at its peak.

“We’re all scientists. We may not grow up to be scientists, but it’s part of our lives,” says Oliver Smith, supervisor of the Science Commons. “This event lasts for two weeks, but science is 365 days a year.”