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April 10, 2021 Schedule (Tentative)
All scheduled times below are in central time (CT).
Flaming Methane Bubbles
Demo Show: Part I
Demonstrations include: Big Cloud, Crushing Drum, Balloon Animals, Floating Head & Flying Mirror, Rubens' Tube (Dancing Fire), Magnetic Brake, Phone Book Friction, Levitating Ball, TP, & Earth/Moon, Floating Bowling Balls, Liquid Sand, Foucault Pendulum, Lire Tower, Potato Physics (Straws + Knife), Skyhook, and Methane Bubbles.
Demo Show: Part III
Demonstrations include: Magic Bubbles, Egg Drop, Jacob's Ladder, Galilean Cannon, Expanding Shaving Cream, Schlieren Optics, Square-Wheeled Tricycle, Lenz' Law Race (With Rings & Rods), Magnetic Oxygen, Marshmallow In a Bell Jar, Tesla Coil, and Five-Barrel Depth Charge Finale.
Interact With Scientists & More Demos
The rooms below are tentative. Zoom links will be posted at 1:00pm on Saturday, April 10, with the Zooms activating at 2:00pm. Don’t miss a minute! Make your entry into the Zooms quicker and easier by creating your personal Zoom account before 2:00pm!
Please read and understand the Festival Disclaimer before joining rooms below.
Visit the lab by Nobel Laureate David Lee. His group is investigating the motion of hydrogen atoms through solid molecular hydrogen at extremely low temperatures, just a fraction of one degree above absolute zero! Recently they have also studied the behavior of excited states of atoms embedded in small molecular clusters immersed in superfluid helium. The spectacular light patterns emitted by atoms and molecules at low temperatures will be exhibited
– Dr. David Lee
– Dr. Roland Allen
Even common household items like cornstarch, which is typically used for baking cookies may dance and do shapes. And how about sand showing sound? Have you seen sound? Things are not necessarily what they seem. Familiar objects may behave very differently if the conditions are right. Have you ever seen a pendulum swinging upright?
– Dr. Artem Abanov
For certain surfaces and materials, it is possible for the reflection of light to be suppressed. A surface not reflecting light is useful in the construction of lasers and other optical instruments. Welcome to the Brewster’s angle demo!
– Dr. Alexey Akimov
Watch how a copper plate kept at -320°F (temperature of liquid nitrogen) can repel a magnet. See a superconducting train defy gravity by floating above or below a magnetic track.
Infrared light is invisible to a human eye, but if you have an infrared camera, you will get superpowers! You will be able to see in the dark or through the clouds, find people with fever in a busy airport terminal, and even diagnose diseases without any tests. Amazingly, some animals such as rattlesnakes have this superpower. Join us if you want to see the world through infrared eyes.
Heron, a mathematician as well as a physicist from Alexandria, Egypt, invented this magic fountain during 1st century AD. Interesting physics concepts were utilized to build the amazing fountain. Heron had many inventions which includes the first ever vending machine.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to learning about the world around us! This demonstration simulates the phenomenon that makes the sky blue and the sunset red. Come learn more about Reyleigh scattering with the help of Dr. Fry
– Dr. Ed Fry
In non-invasive eye surgery, a laser beam passes through the lens and cornea of a human eye, without damaging them, and ‘welds’ a detached retina. The same principle allows the laser in this demo to pop a colored balloon inside a clear balloon, without damaging the outer balloon.
– Dr. Alexei Sokolov
Using liquid nitrogen, we will explore gases, liquids and solids that are really, really cold. Playing with these materials is interesting to kids of all ages or anyone who feels like a kid.”
– Dr. Winfried Teizer
LIGO, the Laser Interferometric Gravitational-Wave Observatory, detects faint ripples in spacetime from events billions of light-years away. Doing so requires measuring objects on Earth to a tenth of a millionth of a millionth of a millionth of a meter — ten thousand times smaller than the diameter of a proton. We can show you how this amazing feat is accomplished with a simple model experiment right on your screen.
– Dr. George Welch
When applied with enough power, our apparatus will use an invisible force to eject a metal ring high in the air! The jumping ring experiment is a striking demonstration of Len’s law and Faraday’s law of induction.
– Dr. Shenglong Xu
Have you ever wanted to have your own personal magic monitor? Join us to see how you can use the polarization of light to have a screen that no one but you can see. We also make the invisible force and pressure on material visible to your eyes by using the incredible properties of light.
– Aysan Bahari’s DEEP group
Join us and discover how you can use magnetism to turn a common wire into an electric motor and also save that audio cable you accidentally cut from going into the trash. We’ll explore the inner workings of machines both past and present as well as show you how tiny random changes can ultimately tip the scales into the realm of chaos!
– Nathan Brady’s DEEP group
How do astronomers identify objects in the outskirts of our Solar System, or detect planets around other stars? The Astronomy DEEP team has demos to answer those questions and more!
– Jonathan Cohn & Yaswant Devarakonda’s DEEP group
Play a game of mini-golf you can’t lose, see hot and cold air with your own eyes, and steer a robotic car through a maze you can’t see. This room is physics meets modern technology, from computer vision to LIDAR.
– Ryan Mueller’s DEEP group
– Dr. Dawson Nodurft’s DEEP group
You’ve probably seen late Stephen Hawking being levitated in a zero gravity simulator. In this demo we also levitate, maybe not someone like Hawking, but styrofoam balls, liquid droplets and what not using standing wave made out of sound! You not only see these things levitate, but also the standing sound wave in the background that is responsible for the levitation.’
– Aritra Saha’s DEEP group
Electromagnetic demo room : Visit us to see how electromagnetic effects slow down free fall, even levitate objects, and how they can also be used to set things into motion in tiny motors!
– Anindya Sengupta’s DEEP group
– Society of Physics Students
– Society of Physics Students
– Dr. Stephanie McCartney
“Have you ever wondered what wind looks like, how the heat from a flame travels, what happens when a balloon pops, or even why people wear masks? Come see the invisible movement of air and heat with an optical technique called Schlieren imaging that uses tiny changes in density to reveal the invisible! “
– Dr. Chris Limbach’s lab (AERO)
Testing asymptomatic patients to determine if they are infected with COVID is often like looking for needles in a haystack. Suppose we have 100 patients and only 1 of them is infected. How many tests do you need to identify the infected person? Suppose 2 of them are infected, how many tests do you need to identify the person? You might be surprised to find that the answer is not 100. I will discuss some clever ways to reduce the number of tests required to determine who is infected. A high school student will demonstrate a simple home experiment to highlight the main idea.
Recent advances in land, air and space robotic platforms will be demonstrated using keystone experiments conducted at the LASR laboratory. While one segment demonstrates how researchers are using robotic systems for debris mitigation, the other two segments showcase recent research to 3D print space structures and demonstrate a novel 3D video camera that also records the speed of the objects in the image.
Join us to learn about how different kinds of exploding stars and their beautiful galaxies and how Texas A&M researchers(including undergraduate students) are using space telescopes to study them.
– Dr. Peter Brown and the Aggienova team