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Join us October 8, 10am - 3pm for

11th annual Physics department's open house



 Liquid Nitrogen Ice cream (10am-3pm)

 Hand-on experiment stations (10am-3pm)

 Oobleck pool (10am-3pm)

 Dragon Egg drop challenge (10am-3pm)

 Physics Play Room (10am-3pm)

  Small Hall Maker space

 Research tour (11am-1pm)

 Demo show (see schedule)

 Public lecture (12pm)

 Undergraduate lightning talks competition (1pm)

 Personality Quiz (10am-3pm)

For our virtual guests

 Physics books and coloring pages

 Virtual PysicsFest'20


We are so happy to welcome everyone back in person and to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the PhysicsFest! This year we are transforming Small Hall into the Fantasy Worlds! Meet Lords of (Accelerator) Rings, visit the coldest place in Williamsburg, witness the intellectual tournament during the Undergraduate Research Lightning talks, try your hand in scientific wizardry and witchcraft in the hand-on demonstrations, enjoy demo shows, dragon egg-drop competition, giant oobleck pool and of course the scientific magic of Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream!
Everything is free and fun for all ages! No prior registration required!
All alums, students, families, friends, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Parking may be harder than usual due to Homecoming activities on Campus, but there are often some spaces available in the parking garage and parking lots on Ukrop Drive—they are open to the public!

Physics Demo show

Guaranteed excitement for all ages. Who knew physics may be so much fun! Let our student presenters will entertain and amaze you with the magic powers of science.

Location: Small Hall 110

Show times - 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm

Public lecture inspired by the Nobel Prize in Physics'2022

Join us for our beloved traditional PhysicsFest Nobel(-inspired) lecture. The speaker and the title will be known shortly after 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics announcement on October 5th, 2022. This lecture is intended to broad audience.

Location: Small Hall 111

Time: 12pm

Undergraduate research lightning talk competition

Meet the next generation of great researchers and enjoy the firework of dazzling science as our undergraduate students will compete in lightning talk competition. Each of them in 5 minutes will tell about their research project and try to convince everyone that they are worth the grand prize.
Sign up HERE before October 5!

Location: Small Hall 111

Time: 1pm

Every fantasy hero needs some magic artifact and special skills. Come and learn some with us!

Freeze everything with Liquid Nitrogen! Become and invisible shooter with Laser archery! Bubbles! Microwave! And more!
And unique witchract workshop from our friends from Chemistry - NOBCCHE chapter: ghost bubbles, dancing gummy bears, elephant toothpaste!

Location: Small Hall coridor and the lawn outside Small Hall

Time: 10am - 3pm

Giant oobleck pool

The activity that makes everyone leap from joy ... on a giant pool of non-newtonian liquid. You can run but you can't... stand?! An experience you definitely want in your life!

Location: the lawn outside Small Hall

Time: 10am - 3pm

 Dragon Eggdrop competition

How to smuggle a precious dragon egg from a magic castle? Be a fearless and clever hero and figure out a way to land an egg from a high tower without smashing it! We provide eggs and some packing materials, you provide your creativity and construction ideas!

Location: the lawn outside Small Hall

Time: 10am - 3pm

 Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

The magic of science really comes alive when you taste it! Right in front of your eyes we will transform boring milk and sugar into the most delicious (and natural) ice cream you have ever tried!

Location: Small Hall foyer

Time: 10am - 3pm

Visit Small Hall Makerspace

You will learn how you can make your dream project a reality with a help of a 3D printer or some other tools.

Location: Small Hall 224

Time: 10am - 3pm

Physics Play Room

We have many physics toys to play with. Our Physics Play Room is ideal for younger budding physicists, but it is guarateed fun for all ages.

Location: Small Hall 122

Time: 10am - 3pm

Physics Personality Quiz

Please stop by our welcome reception table to find out what magic hero (in the physics world) you would be in the world of Fantasy Physics. Or take it online, when it is ready. Meanwhile, feel free to take the 2021 version and see what famous physicist you resemble most if you were in a carnaval!

Location: Small Hall Foyer

Time: 10am - 3pm

 Visit research labs (11am - 1pm)

Have you ever wondered how a research laboratory really looks like? Or how theorists come up with their brilliant ideas? This is your chance to meet physics researchers and learn what they are up to.

Participating scientists

Seth Aubin – Bose-Einstein Condensates (Room 069)

Mumtaz Qazilbash - Photon spectroscopy (Room 024)

Todd Averett – Hyperpolarized Gases for Nuclear Physics (Room 163)

Chris Carone – Cosmology and Elementary Particle Theory (Room 160)

Eugeniy Mikhailov and Irina Novikova – Quantum Optics and Sensors (Room 032)

Location: Small Hall Basement and first floor

Time: 11am - 1pm

Cannot join us in person? No problem - please come along for our Virtual Science Tour

Physics at home activities

Physics has no boundaries, so please keep exploring and enjoying with these materials! Think of it as a PhysicsFest homework (just kidding!)

Enjoy these Physics-related coloring pages

Check out these great science books in our local libraries

 Please send all questions, requests and suggestions to


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