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Johns Hopkins Physics Fair Returns to Homewood Campus

April 19, 2018
Contact: Tracey Reeves
Office: 443-997-9903/Cell: 443-986-4053
treeves@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps
Pam Carmen
Office: 410-516-7346/Cell: 410-530-7078

The Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy is hosting its 15th Annual Physics Fair from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 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 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 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.

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 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 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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