Make a date for free family fun and get up-close and personal with the many wonders of science and technology this weekend at the 2013 Physics and Engineering Festival, scheduled for Saturday (April 6) on the Texas A&M University campus.

No fees or tickets are required for the free annual event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell '40 Physics Building.

Attendees are invited to unleash their inner scientist aboard a square-wheeled bicycle or try their hand at generating electricity and shooting balloons with lasers -- three of the roughly 100 exciting, interactive experiments that will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event also will feature three fantastic bubble shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. by internationally acclaimed bubble artist Tom Noddy, as well as lectures at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. with NASA aerospace engineer George James and Nobel Prize winners David Lee and Dudley Herschbach.

The day will conclude with a 4 p.m. public lecture about the accelerating universe by Harvard University astronomer Robert Kirshner, author of the popular book, "The Extravagant Universe."

All events are sponsored by a Texas A&M Tier One Program (TOP) grant, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Department of Aerospace Engineering, the George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy, and the Texas A&M College of Science. The event is an affiliate festival of the 3rd annual USA Science and Engineering Festival.

For more information on an exciting afternoon guaranteed to please all ages and interest levels, see the detailed press release or visit physicsfestival.tamu.edu.


Watch a promotional video, courtesy of Suddenlink Communications:

Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu


  • Dr. Robert Kirshner

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