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Join us October 9, 10am - 2pm for

10th annual Physics department's open house



 Carnival booths

 Oobleck pool

 Egg drop competition

 Alumni reception

 Demo show

 Public lecture

 Undergraduate lightning talks competition

For our virtual guests

 Personality Quiz

 Virtual research tour

 Physics books and coloring pages

 Virtual PysicsFest'20


We are so happy to welcome everyone back in person and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the PhysicsFest! And what's the best way to celebrate than to have a real Physics Carnival, with a lot of (mostly) outdoor activities for guests of all ages!
The event is absolutely free, and we have something fun for visitors of all ages!

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!
We make every effort to make it a safe experience for everyone. Properly worn masks will be required for all the guests, both indoors and outdoors (as per William and Mary rules). If you don't feel well - please stay home and come visit us next year. Thank you!

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, 1:30pm

Public lecture inspired by the Nobel Prize in Physics'2021

Join us for our beloved traditional PhysicsFest Nobel(-inspired) lecture. This year's Nobel prize in physics has been awarded to scientists who develop complex climate models to analyze and predict changes in Earth climate. Prof. Gene Tracy will explain the challenges of such predictions and the contributions of this year's Nobel laureates in his public lecture: "From chaos to climate: complexity theory comes of age" This lecture is intended to broad audience.
Interested in learning more about complex and fascinating world of turbulence? Prof. Saskia Mordijck will be your virtual guide through the land of turbulence.

Location: Small Hall 111

Time: 12pm

Alumni welcome back reception

We are thrilled to welcome our physics alumni back to Small Hall! Please stop by for light refreshments and drinks, and to chat with physics professors and future generation of physics alums
There will be a special commencement ceremony for the 2020 graduates.

Location: Tent outside Small Hall

Time: 11am - 1pm

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. Talks schedule

Congratulations to the winners!

Grand prize is shared: Mikayla Huffman and Sofia Brown

Honorable mention: Caitlin Dolt

Who does not enjoy carnival games?! Ours are so much fun!

Liquid Nitrogen! Laser archery! Bubbles! Microwave! And more!
Special activities from our friends from Chemistry - NOBCCHE chapter: ghost bubbles, dancing gummy bears, elephant toothpaste!

Location: the lawn outside Small Hall

Time: 10am - 2pm

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 - 2pm

 Egg-drop competition

Do you want to play a role of a NASA engineer planning a new landing module for Mars explorations? How about designing a way to land an egg from the roof to the surface of the Earth as a first step? We provide eggs and some packing materials, you provide your creativity and construction ideas!

Location: the lawn outside Small Hall

Time: 10am - 2pm

Take our Physics Personality Quiz

If falous physicists were circus performers, what roles would they take? What role would you take? Take our personality quiz and find out!

 Take a Quiz

 Virtual research tour

Due to safety, we have to skip our traditional lab tour this year. But we still want to share with you what physics professors in Small Hall are working on! Come on in!

 Enter Virtual Small Hall

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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