2016 ~ Present | Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta Science Festival, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Science Tavern


To produce novel, creative media about recent scientific discoveries and engineering innovations. These include but are not limited to: interactive museum-style exhibitions, online articles and videos, and festival exhibits. Specifically, the team will create one exhibit or demo per semester, and each team member will publish bi-weekly in the online science magazine Charged.

Charged publishes on any topic related to science and engineering and recent articles have covered:

  • NASA and the space program
  • Female scientists
  • Bizarre stories scientists collect when working in the field
  • Science comics
  • Big Data Ethics
  • Climate Change
  • Deadly minerals
  • The chemistry of home brewing

Issues Involved or Addressed

How can we use what we know about how people learn to improve science education outside of the traditional classroom? How can science writing (i.e. journalism or creative science writing), exhibits at educational institutions (i.e. science centers, botanical gardens, zoos and aquariums), and events like science festivals affect the public’s understanding of and enthusiasm for science? How can we use science to create more effective informal science education?

Methods and Technologies

  • Web Technologies
  • Video Editing
  • Illustration
  • Writing
  • Making (3D Printing, Laser Cutting, etc.)
  • Electronics and Electrical Design
  • Coding
  • Interpreting Science-speak into Language Anyone Can Understand

Academic Majors of Interest

  • ComputingAlgorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization
  • ComputingAnalytics
  • ComputingComputational Media
  • ComputingComputational Science and Engineering
  • ComputingComputer Science
  • ComputingCybersecurity
  • ComputingHuman-Centered Computing
  • ComputingHuman-Computer Interaction
  • DesignArchitectural Technology
  • DesignArchitecture
  • DesignBuilding Construction
  • DesignBuilding Construction and Facility Management
  • DesignCity and Regional Planning
  • DesignGeographic Information Science and Technology
  • DesignIndustrial Design
  • DesignMusic Technology
  • DesignUrban Design
  • EngineeringAerospace Engineering
  • EngineeringApplied Systems Engineering
  • EngineeringBioengineering
  • EngineeringBioinformatics
  • EngineeringBiomedical Engineering
  • EngineeringChemical Engineering
  • EngineeringChemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • EngineeringCivil Engineering
  • EngineeringComputer Engineering
  • EngineeringElectrical Engineering
  • EngineeringEnvironmental Engineering
  • EngineeringHealth Systems
  • EngineeringIndustrial Engineering
  • EngineeringInternational Logistics
  • EngineeringMachine Learning
  • EngineeringMaterials Science and Engineering
  • EngineeringMechanical Engineering
  • EngineeringMedical Physics
  • EngineeringRobotics
  • Ivan AllenApplied Languages and Intercultural Studies
  • Ivan AllenChinese
  • Ivan AllenDigital Media
  • Ivan AllenEconomics
  • Ivan AllenEconomics and International Affairs
  • Ivan AllenFrench
  • Ivan AllenGerman
  • Ivan AllenGlobal Economics and Modern Languages
  • Ivan AllenGlobal Media and Cultures
  • Ivan AllenHistory, Technology, and Society
  • Ivan AllenInternational Affairs
  • Ivan AllenInternational Affairs and Modern Languages
  • Ivan AllenInternational Affairs, Science, and Technology
  • Ivan AllenJapanese
  • Ivan AllenKorean
  • Ivan AllenLiterature, Media, and Communication
  • Ivan AllenPublic Policy
  • Ivan AllenSpanish
  • OtherEducation
  • OtherEntrepreneurship
  • OtherFilm and Media Studies
  • OtherMusic
  • OtherPre-Law
  • Physics
  • SciencesApplied Physics
  • SciencesApplied Physiology
  • SciencesBiochemistry
  • SciencesBiology
  • SciencesChemistry
  • SciencesEarth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • SciencesMathematics
  • SciencesNeuroscience
  • SciencesPhysics
  • SciencesPsychology
  • SciencesStatistics

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Open to all majors

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Location 
Klaus 1440
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Dr. Jennifer Leavey
  • College of Sciences
Dr. Ed Greco
  • Physics
Dr. Michael Evans
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • College of Sciences
Dr. Joseph Mendelson

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta Science Festival, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Science Tavern

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