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April 13, 2024 Festival Schedule (Tentative)

All times listed below are Central Time (CT).

Main Events

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Dr. James G. Potter Lecture: “The Greeks, Einstein, and Alien Worlds: The Importance of Eclipses”

Presented by Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff, distinguished professor of physics & astronomy at Texas A&M University.

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM CT

Location: Mitchell Institute (MIST), Hawking Auditorium.

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.

Time: 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM CT

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

Rhys Thomas juggling act for his Science Circus demonstration.
Science Circus

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

Time: 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM CT

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

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“Human Space Exploration for Everyone”

Presented by Dr. Greg Chamitoff, NASA astronaut and professor of aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University.

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CT

Location: Mitchell Institute (MIST), Hawking Auditorium.

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!

Time: 3:00 PM CT

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

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Mitchell Lecture: “Vanishing Stars and the Hunt for Extraterrestrial Artifacts”

Presented by Dr. Beatriz Villarroel, associate professor at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 PM CT

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

Special Events & Bonuses

Professor Glenn Agnolet showing his low temperature demo to excited children.
Low Temperature Extravaganza

Have you ever seen air as a liquid or a solid? Come watch this fascinating stage of low temperature.

Time: 10:45 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:15 PM,
1:00 PM, 1:45 PM CT

Location: Mitchell Physics (MPHY), Room 213.

An audience watches in excitement as a black large drum is imploded from atmospheric pressure.
Big Barrel Implosion

Don’t miss this exciting new addition to the festival where we will CRUSH huge barrels using atmospheric pressure.

Time: 12:45 PM, 1:45 PM CT

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

A look inside the Large Hadron Collider tunnel.
Large Hadron Collider Virtual Tours

The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle collider. It consists of a 27-kilometer ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way. Join us for a virtual tour of this amazing spectacle.

Time: 1:00 PM CT

Location: Mitchell Institute (MIST), Hawking Auditorium.

2019 Yell Leaders cheering at the Festival
Texas Aggie Yell Leaders

The official spirit organization of Texas A&M, leading Aggie fans in “yells” and a variety of hand signals, called “pass backs”, to direct and intensify the crowd. They will cheer us on shortly before the depth charge.

Time: 2:15 – 2:45 PM CT

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

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Earn MaroonBase Points and Enter To Win Prizes!

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 which go towards winning awesome prizes!

For more info, go to: Good luck!

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM CT

Location: All events on-site!

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