Experience the Science of Things to Come in Dahlonega

by Lesley Simanton-Coogan Categories // Trip Ideas, Festivals & Events, Misc

Looking for something different to do with the family?  How about building a house for butterflies or honeybees?  The 3rd annual Dahlonega Science Festival (Vision 2020 – The Science of Things to Come) takes place on the weekend of March 6-8, 2020.  The festival features science-themed events that are free and open to the public.  There are dozens of events for all ages.

Have tea with famous scientists of the past (student volunteers from the University of North Georgia, UNG).  Hear keynote speaker, astrophysicist, and award-winning author Dr. Jeffrey Bennett talk about UFOs and the search for extraterrestrial life.

The Dahlonega Science Festival is a community festival with events taking place around the square in downtown Dahlonega as well as at the UNG Dahlonega campus.  Visit beautiful downtown Dahlonega and meet with scientists, discussing the future of artificial intelligence, health, natural disasters, and more in one of our expert panels.  Afterwards, test your problem solving skills in a science-themed escape room in the Old Jail, or play with sound and energy at the Discovery Center in the Dahlonega Community Center.


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Head over to the UNG campus to build a bee house during the Environmental Make & Take, or interact with robots at the Makers Fair.  Afterwards take in a Harry Potter Astronomy show at the Coleman Planetarium.

The possibilities are endless for fun and exploration!

Events will be held on Friday, March 6 from 5 – 9 pm, Saturday, March 7 from 10 am – 7 pm, and Sunday, March 8 from 10 am – 12 pm.  Find a complete schedule of activities and locations on our website, www.dahlonegascience.org.  Follow us on Twitter @NorthGAScience, or on Facebook @DahlonegaScience. 


About the Author

Lesley Simanton-Coogan

Lesley Simanton-Coogan

Lesley Simanton-Coogan is the Planetarium Director and a Lecturer at the University of North Georgia in the Department of Physics.  She received her B.A. degree in physics at Albion College (Albion, MI) and her Ph.D. in physics at the University of Toledo (Toledo, OH).  She has researched populations of star clusters and galaxy evolution.  Currently, she is working on science outreach through the planetarium and learning animation techniques for planetarium graphics.  She is also the PR chair for the nonprofit organization the Dahlonega Science Council, which promotes science literacy in North GA through the Dahlonega Science Cafe and the Dahlonega Science Festival.

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