Whether it was gazing at the stars in the George E. Coleman Sr. Planetarium, designing objects with a 3D printer, or listening to a NASA physicist, children and adults got their fill of science at UNG’s first Science Festival.
Funded by a Presidential Innovation Award, the inaugural event ran from March 23-25 at UNG’s Dahlonega Campus and sites nearby on Dahlonega’s downtown square. Events included planetarium shows, science talks from UNG faculty and guests, science panels, and guest authors.
Authors who spoke were NASA physicist Les Johnson; Emory University paleontologist Anthony Martin; Atlanta chemist Joseph Meany; James Costa, executive director of the Highlands Biological Station in North Carolina; and Bryson Payne, director of the Center for Cyber Operations Education at UNG.
The planetarium presented two shows: “Harry Potter Astronomy” and “Meet the Dwarf Planets.”