Events

Atlanta Science Festival: Even Plants are Eating Bugs! Should You?

Did you know insects can be very nutritious? Insects are astonishingly diverse and abundant around the world, and many offer high concentrations of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. You may be surprised to learn how many different plants evolved methods of trapping and digesting these walking resources. Insects also offer solutions to a variety of human problems ranging from Anemia to Zinc-deficiency and local production to sustainable food-waste management. In this 2-part event, you’ll learn about evolution, nutrition, and sustainability as we take a close look at a fascinating variety of carnivorous plants, then sample foods made with insect proteins! See “COVID-19 Safety Measures” below for details. Our setup will be located near the Community Center at both the Front Lawn and Oak Hill. See this map. It is approximately a 15 minute walk from the Parking Deck to the event site. Note: There are two other repeated sessions of this event on March 20 at 2:45pm and 4:30pm.

COVID-19 Safety Measures:

This 2-part event will be outdoors in 2 locations within Piedmont Park. Each location will have one speaker (carnivorous plants or edible insects) and each participant will attend one session then walk over to the opposite location for the other 1/2 of the event. In each location, the maximum 10 participants will be spread out at pre-arranged tables and chairs so no one gets within 6 feet of one another. All participants will be asked to wear masks. During the plant session, volunteers with gloves, masks, and face shields will rotate which plants are at which tables so everyone can see each plant but no one gathers close around them. At the end of the edible insect session, volunteers with gloves, masks, and face shields will pass out individually wrapped samples. Tables and chairs will be sanitized between sessions.