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April 1, 2023 Festival Schedule (Tentative)

All times listed below are Central Time (CT).

Main Events

10:00 – 11:00 AM CT
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Dr. James G. Potter Lecture: “The Trouble With Gravity”

Presented by Richard Panek, popular science writer and award-winning author of best-selling books.

Location: Mitchell Institute (MIST), Hawking Auditorium.

10:30 AM – 3:00 PM CT
Kids playing with corn starch goo.
Hands-On Science Demonstrations

Join us on campus for an interactive science exhibition. Kids of all ages and grown-ups are invited to be astounded by all kinds of amazing phenomena, experience them live, and just play.

Location: Mitchell Physics (MPHY) & Mitchell Institute (MIST).

11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM CT
Rhys Thomas juggling act for his Science Circus demonstration.
Science Circus

Amazing physics demonstrations taught with hilarity and dexterity by Rhys Thomas.

Location: Mitchell Physics (MPHY) Lecture Halls, Rooms 203, 204 & 205.

11:30 AM CT
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Talk TBA

Presented by Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, NASA Astronaut and Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Location: Mitchell Institute (MIST), Hawking Auditorium.

3:00 PM CT
5-Barrel LN2 Explosion
Grand Finale Depth Charge Explosion

Don’t miss our famous five-barrel depth charge explosion which will launch 1,000 plastic balls several feet into the air. Watching this from the front row may get you a shower and is sure to be a blast!

Location: South-side of Mitchell Physics (MPHY).

3:30 – 4:30 PM CT
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Mitchell Lecture “The Last Stargazers: True Stories and Adventures of Astronomy”

Presented by Dr. Emily Levesque, Associate Professor of Astronomy at University of Washington.

Location: Mitchell Physics (MPHY) Lecture Halls, Rooms 203, 204 & 205.

Special Events & Bonuses

9:30 AM – 4:00 PM CT
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Earn MaroonBase Points and Enter To Win Cash!

If you’re a Texas A&M student, simply attend this Festival while using the TAMU MaroonBase app to earn points throughout the Festival day. Each 200 points enters you 1 time in the monthly drawing where 3 students win $500 each. All points go toward the semester-long competition for up to $2,000! For more info, go to: Good luck!

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