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April 10, 2021 Schedule

All scheduled times below are in central time (CT).

10:00 AM
Welcome + 5-Barrel LN2 Explosion

LN2 Depth Charge Explosion

Welcome + 5-Barrel LN2 Explosion

We kick off the event with the history of the festival, then jump right in to one of our famous 5-barrel depth charge explosions and welcome everyone. Be sure not to miss it!

10:15 AM
Demo Show: Part I

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.

11:00 AM
Astronaut Talk + Live Q&A

Dr. Nancy J. Currie-Gregg

Astronaut Talk + Live Q&A

Public lecture "A Glimpse Into Human Spaceflight " presented by Dr. Nancy Currie-Gregg, NASA astronaut and Professor of Engineering Practice at Texas A&M University.


12:00 PM
Demo Show: Part II


Demo Show: Part II

Demonstrations include: Electromagnetic Bike, Infrared Imaging, Angular Momentum (How do figure skaters spin so fast?), Freezing Flowers & Racquetballs, Super Cool Superconductors, and Single Barrel Depth Charge.

12:30 PM
The Big Bang Theory Talk + Live Q&A

Dr. David Saltzberg

The Big Bang Theory Talk + Live Q&A

Public lecture “How did Amy and Sheldon win their Nobel Prize?” presented by Dr. David Saltzberg, science consultant on the CBS hit comedy TV shows The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA.

1:30 PM
Demo Show: Part III

Tesla Coil

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.

2:00 PM
Interact With Scientists & More Demos

Room Meetings

Interact With Scientists & More Demos

From 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. central time (CT) concurrently, participants are encouraged to move from room-to-room to explore and ask scientists questions! See below for details.

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

What we do and who we hire 

– Amanda Martins (University Recruiting Specialist – University Affairs)

Learn how physics has an important role in sports: football, baseball, basketball, soccer,  and your own favorite sport. We will try to answer your questions!

– 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. 

– Dr. Glenn Agnolet

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.

– Dr. Alexey Belyanin

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.

– Dr. Bhaskar Dutta

Van de Graaff generator: hair raising miniature lightening bolts that illustrate laws of electrostatics

– Dr. Lewis Ford

Have you ever wondered how a nuclear chain reaction happens? Watch here how a single ping pong ball can set off a chain reaction of a less destructive nature.

– Dr. Rainer Fries and Dr. Michael Kordell

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

How fast is it rotating? Clockwise or counter clockwise?

We will explain that in Aggieland the sun does not settle.
– Dr. Hans Schuessler

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

Lasers, light, sand, and sound! Come see an extravaganza in the spectrum of science.

– 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

Come join us for a live Q&A with undergraduate physics majors! We can answer any questions you have about studying physics and college life in general! 

–  Society of Physics Students

Tap into your inner scientist! Join us for guided DIY physics experiments you can make with materials found in your own home.

–  Society of Physics Students

Exciting Chemistry Demonstrations and Explanations

– Dr. Stephanie McCartney

Meteorology students demonstrate a model tornado, how wind can be measured with no moving parts, and show you how to make a “pet tornado” at home!   

– Texas A&M Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (TAMSCAMS)

Pop in to learn about major, minor, and careers in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science.  

– TAMSCAMS students with Dr. Don Conlee, Dr. Chris Nowotarski, and Ms. Judy Nunez

Play several 2-person games against mathematicians and other students. Then investigate whether the first or second player has a winning strategy.

– David Manuel and Dr. Philip Yasskin

To find out which of a group of people have a virus, there are more efficient ways to do the testing than just testing them one at a time.

– Dr. Philip Yasskin and David Manuel

“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.

– Dr. Krishna Narayanan (ECEN)

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. 

– Dr. Manoranjan Majji

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