The Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University invite audiences across Texas, the nation and even the world to get up-close and personal with science and technology this weekend at the 2017 Physics & Engineering Festival, an entertaining and informative weekend scientific extravaganza for all ages.

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 (click here for directions and parking information).

Ride a square-wheeled bicycle, run through a pool of cornstarch or shoot balloons with lasers -- three of the nearly 200 exciting, interactive exhibits and demonstrations that will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event also will feature Bubble Shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., as well as respective lectures at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. by 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics recipient Dr. David Lee and NASA astronaut and professor Dr. Bonnie Dunbar.

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.

The festival portion of the day will 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.

On Friday evening, Harvard University physicist Dr. David Weitz will team up with local celebrity chefs Peter Madden (Mad Taco) and Mitch Siegert (Truman Chocolates) for a 7 p.m. free public lecture, Physics of Cooking, in the Hawking Auditorium.

All events are hosted by Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy in partnership with several other campus units, including the Departments of Aerospace Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics and Atmospheric Sciences as well as the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.

The weekend's events are sponsored by the Texas A&M University System, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy, ExxonMobil, the Willard and Anne Levin Foundation, Ahmed Mahmoud '87 and Michele Mobley '87, and Susan Sheskey.

Texas A&M's event is an affiliate festival of the 6th annual USA Science and Engineering Festival as well as a member of the Science Festival Alliance.

For additional information, please see the detailed press release or visit http://physicsfestival.tamu.edu.


Watch a recap video from the 2016 Physics & Engineering Festival on YouTube and see additional photographs on Flickr:

Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Tatiana Erukhimova, (979) 845-5644 or etanya@physics.tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

  • Adler Planetarium astronomer and TED Senior Fellow Lucianne Walkowicz will headline the 2017 Physics and Engineering Festival, set for this Saturday, April 1, at Texas A&M University.

  • Things will start cooking with Friday evening's kick-off event, "Physics of Cooking," featuring Harvard physicist David Weitz and local celebrity chefs Peter Madden and Mitch Siegert (7 p.m., March 31, Primary Lecture Hall, Mitchell Physics Building)

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