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Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins Physics Fair Returns to Homewood Campus

April 26, 2017
CONTACT: Arthur Hirsch
Office: 443-997-9909/Cell: 443-462-8702


WHAT: The Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy is hosting its 14th Annual Physics Fair. 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 ice cream making with liquid nitrogen. The Morris Offit Telescope, on the roof of the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, 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 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.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. 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; 3:00 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 construct 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.

WHERE: Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, 3400 North Charles Street, located on the north end of the campus near Homewood Field. A link to a campus map can be found here.

For more information go to http://physics-astronomy.jhu.edu/events/annual-physics-fair or contact Pam Carmen at 410-516-7346 or pcarmen1@jhu.edu


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