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Johns Hopkins Physics Fair Returns to Homewood Campus

April 12, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Arthur Hirsch
Office: 443-997-9909/Cell: 443-462-8702
ahirsch6@jhu.edu

Scientists will reveal invisible forces in the universe, students will compete for prizes and balloon rockets will be launched as the Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy holds its 13th Annual Physics Fair from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

Free and open to the public, the fair being held at the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy 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 an enjoyable, 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 will give a presentation on “The Physics of Invisible Things,” revealing the unseen forces that affect the world around us in a display of 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; 3:00 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 Bloomberg’s Schafler Auditorium. Winning teams receive individual prizes and trophies for their schools.

 Elementary, Middle and High School Science Challenge Competitions, 11:30 a.m. Individual competitions covering strictly 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 build a structure 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.

The day will include more than 200 physics demonstrations. New this year is a planetarium demonstration along with past fair favorites: a balloon rocket contest and making ice cream using liquid nitrogen. The Morris Offit Telescope, 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. The Bloomberg Center is located on the north end of the campus near Homewood Field.

The Physics Fair is held in conjunction with the annual Spring Fair, a student-run weekend featuring food, music, a beer garden, arts and crafts and other activities.

For more information go to www.pha.jhu.edu/~fair or contact Pam Carmen at 410-516-7346 or pcarmen1@jhu.edu

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