No fees or tickets are required for the free annual event (view promotional poster online), scheduled for Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell '40 Physics Building on the Texas A&M campus.
Activities will begin at 10 a.m. with hands-on science exhibitions and engineering technology demonstrations and conclude with a 4 p.m. public lecture by internationally recognized astrophysicist and TED Senior Fellow Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz, an astronomer at Adler Planetarium and a leader in the National Science Foundation-funded Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) involving Texas A&M astronomers.
Throughout the day, festival participants are encouraged to unleash their inner scientists aboard a square-wheeled bicycle, run through a pool of cornstarch, and try their hands at generating electricity or shooting balloons with lasers -- four of the nearly 200 fun experiments and displays illustrating basic scientific and engineering technology-related concepts and principles. All exhibits are manned by Texas A&M faculty, staff and students.
For the fifth consecutive year, the festival will showcase dozens of exciting new demonstrations built by student teams affiliated with the university-funded DEEP (Discover, Explore and Enjoy Physics and Engineering) Program. Hundreds of DEEP students, undergraduate and graduate, have been involved in creating the new demos during the years, and many will be on hand to present their work.
In addition to exhibits, the daylong festival will feature three fantastic Bubble Shows (11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.) by internationally acclaimed bubble artist and physics showman Keith Johnson, whose work has been featured on National Geographic TV amd the Discovery Channel as well as in commercials, print ads, movies and venues across America. Attendees also will have the opportunity to meet 1996 Nobel Prize-winning Texas A&M physicist Dr. David M. Lee and NASA astronaut and professor Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, a veteran mission specialist and payload commander with the Space Shuttle Program who flew on five missions. Each will present a lecture session, set for 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, in the Stephen W. Hawking Auditorium.
Other special events on tap include Large Hadron Collider virtual tours at 11 a.m. and noon; four performances of the Low-Temperature Physics Extravaganza at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and a presentation on Claude Shannon, pioneer of the information age, at noon in Room 108 of the Jack E. Brown Chemical Engineering Building. Finally, a Texas-sixed five-barrel depth charge featuring 1,000 plastic balls will close out the exhibition portion of the show at 3:30 p.m. outside the Mitchell Physics Building.
At 4 p.m., Walkowicz will deliver a keynote presentation, The Search for Life in the Universe, in the second-floor primary lecture hall of the Mitchell Physics Building. In addition to discussing the recent boom in exoplanet discoveries, Walkowicz will explore their prospects for habitability, along with the surprises nature may yet have in store for humanity.
Prior to Saturday's events, Harvard University physicist Dr. David Weitz will team up with local celebrity chefs Peter Madden (Mad Taco) and Mitch Siegert (Truman Chocolates) for a free public lecture, Physics of Cooking, on Friday (March 31) at 7 p.m. in the second-floor primary lecture hall of the Mitchell Physics Building. Tickets are not required for the kickoff event, in which the trio will demonstrate some of their favorite cooking techniques and explain the underlying science of their delectable work. The talk is based on a popular course offered at Harvard that is a collaboration between science professors and chefs.
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Public Lecture by Adler Planetarium astronomer and TED Senior Fellow Lucianne Walkowicz: Saturday (April 1), 4 p.m., Primary Lecture Hall, Mitchell Physics Building
Internationally acclaimed bubble artist and physics showman Keith Johnson also will perform three bubble shows, set for 11 a.m., 1 p.m and 2:30 p.m.
Get things cooking with Harvard physicist David Weitz and local celebrity chefs Peter Madden and Mitch Siegert in the "Physics of Cooking:" Friday (March 31), 7 p.m., Primary Lecture Hall, Mitchell Physics Building