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October 20, 10 am – 4pm

Small Hall (behind Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall)

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This year’s PhysicsFest theme is

Physics of Nature!


Ever wonder how the colors are made? What the weather depend on? Why the water is the most amazing liquid on Earth? All family is invited to take a nature walk with a physicist's glasses on: discover how the fundamental laws of physics shape the world around us! We have activities for all ages and interests, absolutely free and open for everyone! Full schedule at a glance

Join us for our 6th annual

Undergraduate Physics poster session and competition

List of presenters

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

Gunter Luepke – Ultrafast studies of novel materials (Room 064)

Seth Aubin – Bose-Einstein Condensates (Room 069)

Mumtaz Qazilbash  -  Photon spectroscopy (Room 024)

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

Justin Stevens - Virtual JLab Detector tour (Room 133, open 10am – 2pm, see more details below)

Ask a Physics Professor booth! Ever wonder why something works the way it does, or why something is deemed impossible? You are in luck! One of William and Mary Physics professors, Joshua Erlich, will answer all your physics-related questions! Nothing is too hard or too simple for him!

Small Hall Lobby, 2-4pm

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!

Learn what makes colors around us, or how weather is formed, or observe volcano in action! Check out how heavy things are on different planets, make some waves, and much more!
Also find a hidden object using only a compass, 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

Step inside a Particle Detector!

Take a virtual reality tour of the GlueX detector at nearby Jefferson Lab, where William and Mary students and faculty study the strong nuclear force.

Location – TBD, open 10 - 2 pm

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, open 10 - 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 

Bill Cooke

Alternative Energy



Nobel-inspired lecture

12.00 pm

Gunter Luepke

Tools made of Light

1.00 pm

Josh Erlich

Physics of Chocolate

2.00 pm

Irina Novikova

Colors in Nature





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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