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Johns Hopkins Physics Fair Returns to Homewood Campus

April 21, 2015
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
Office: 443-997-9907/Cell: 410-299-7462
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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University will host its 12th annual Physics Fair from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. The fair coincides with the university’s annual Spring Fair celebration on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Events will take place in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, located on the north end of the campus near Homewood Field.

Free and open to the public, the Physics Fair will feature individual and team competitions for local students, as well as a physics-themed scavenger hunt and demonstrations by Johns Hopkins physicists, graduate students and undergraduates. The idea is to bring physics to the community in a fun, accessible way. Highlights of the event include:

Professor Extraordinaire Shows, 12:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Professor Peter Armitage and his assistants, using physics principles, will give a demonstration that will include fantastic displays, explosions, loud noises and bright lights.

Elementary, Middle and High School Science Bowl Competitions: 1:30 p.m., grades 1-4; 2:15 p.m., grades 5-8; 3 p.m., grades 9-12. Teams of up to four students will compete to answer a variety of general science-related questions in a quiz show format. This activity will be held in the Bloomberg Center’s Schafler Auditorium. Winning teams receive trophies for their schools and individual prizes.

Elementary, Middle and High School Science Challenge Competitions, 11:30 a.m.
Individual competitions covering general science. Age groups same as bowl competitions. Winners receive gift cards and books.

Hopkins Construction Contest, 3:45 p.m.: Participants of all ages will have 30 minutes to construct a structure of some kind, according to instructions to be given that day. All materials will be provided. Participants will sign up the day of the event. Prizes awarded to the winners.

Throughout the day, other activities – including a physics-themed scavenger hunt, the making of frozen ice cream using liquid nitrogen, a balloon rocket contest and more – will be held. The Morris Offit Telescope, located on the roof of the Bloomberg Center, also will be open, allowing visitors to observe sun spots, and the activities of the sun’s corona using a special filter.

Several of the research laboratories in the Bloomberg Center will be open to the public. The Hubble Space Telescope program and the Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science will also have displays.

For more information, visit http://www.pha.jhu.edu/~fair or contact Pam Carmen at 410-516-7346 or pam@pha.jhu.edu.

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