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October 21, 10 am – 4pm

Small Hall (behind Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall)

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This year’s PhysicsFest theme is

Physics of Space!

    Want to touch a star? Run through an asteroid belt? Learn about gravitational waves zooming through the Universe? All family is invited to an exciting ride through space: come and see where science can lead you! We have activities for all ages and interests, absolutely free and open for everyone!

Join us for our 5th annual

Undergraduate Physics poster session and competition

Location – Small Hall Library, 10-11.30am

Come and see what the next generation of scientists and researchers are up to!

 Visit research labs (12 - 2pm)

Have you ever wondered how a research lab really looks? This is your chance to see several physics and applied science labs and talk to people who work there.


Participating scientists

Seth Aubin – Bose-Einstein Condensates (Room 067)

Todd Averett – Hyperpolarized Gases for Nuclear Physics (Room 167)

Mumtaz Qazilbash  -  Photon spectroscopy (Room 024)

Gina Hoatson – Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Superconducting Magnets (Room 115)

For our younger visitors we offer an exciting treasure hunt – find out possible space applications for the research projects at the different labs!

Daylight astronomy? Why not! Head to the lawn in front of the Small Hall to see the Sun and planets as you’ve never seen them before.

Observations start at 10am, weather permitting.

Want to try your hands on physics experiments?

Explore all kinds of waves in our interactive displays!

Get a start on astronaut training in our space obstacle course, check out how the distant constallations look like, see where you can find superconductivity in space, check out how heavy things are on different planets, and much more!
Also see space robots fighting, and take a ride on a hovercraft!

Location – First floor corridor in Small Hall

Open 10am – 4pm

Come to our Physics Playroom!

 Fun hands-on science for everyone from 1 to 101!

Location – Small Hall 122

Open 10am – 4pm

If it is not raining, make sure to check our Physics for Outsiders!

 Giant oobleck pool! Rocket launches! Sun telescopes!


Location – the lawn outside Small Hall

Open 10am – 4pm

Interactive demo shows

Guaranteed excitement for all ages. Who knew physics may be so much fun!

Location – Small Hall 110

Demo shows start at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm

Visit Small Hall Makerspace to learn how you can make your dream project a reality with a help of a 3D printer or some other tools, or to create your own reality with a virtual reality glasses.

Location – Small Hall 143, open 12 - 4 pm

Want to know more about cutting-edge science, explained in plain English?

Public lectures from Physics professors

No prior physics knowledge required!

Location – Small Hall 111

11.00 am 

Marc Sher

The Big Bang



Nobel-inspired lecture

12.00 pm

Eugeniy Mikhailov

LIGO and discovery of the gravitational waves

1.00 pm

Hannes Schniepp

The Quest for the Elementary Particles of Silk — Revealing the Secrets of Spider Man's Wonder Material

2.00 pm

Jacob Gunnarson

Cassini: Photographing the Beauty of Saturn





We will also make liquid nitrogen ice cream – the most natural (and tasty) ice cream you have ever tried!

Come join the physics fun!

Or should we say fisics phun?

Want to have your own PhysicsFest at home? Just check out these great books in your local library and start having fun!

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