ATLANTA (August 26, 2016)Georgia Aquarium will open its doors to more than 4,000 teachers on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon in cooperation with World of Coca-Cola and the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Each educator and their guest will receive exclusive access to Georgia Aquarium’s Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone. Georgia Aquarium’s education staff will be highlighting our new educational programming and introducing exciting new curricular materials. Educators will also have the chance to meet some of our unique and interesting animals.

“We’re excited to kick off the 2016-2017 school year,” said Kristyn Tumbleson, director of education at Georgia Aquarium. “Our hope is for Georgia Aquarium to become an extension of the classroom where we can encourage students to engage with the aquatic world, dive deep into content and explore a variety of STEAM career pathways. We want to nurture our students’ curiosities and reinforce the relevance of what they are already learning in the classroom. Our partnership with Georgia-Pacific to create STEAM Forward is only the beginning for us in regards to developing robust curriculum and resources for teachers.”

Kristyn Tumbleson will be on site discussing the new, free educational video series “STEAM Forward,” created by Georgia Aquarium and Georgia-Pacific. “STEAM Forward” and corresponding curricular materials are designed for middle school students to increase engagement and proficiency in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) subjects. To learn more about “STEAM Forward,” please visit www.georgiaaquarium.org/STEAMForward.

“In 2016 we celebrated the arrival of our one millionth student,” said Kristyn Tumbleson. “I am proud to be a part of an organization that is directly making a difference in our future generations every day.”

Educators from across the state will receive free admission to all three facilities. Check-in and educational programming will take place between 8 a.m. and noon, but guests who check in prior to noon have the opportunity to visit all facilities until they close. For more information, please visit www.georgiaaquarium.org/educator-open-house.

GAI Loves our teachers

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ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org