Texas A&M University will once again host its annual Physics and Engineering Festival, inviting audiences from around the world to explore science and technology through hands-on exhibits and keynote speeches. The free event will take place on April 1st at the George P. Mitchell ’40 Physics Building on the Texas A&M campus.
The festival will feature a range of activities including interactive exhibits manned by Texas A&M faculty, staff, and students, as well as public lectures by bestselling authors. The schedule of events includes the James G. Potter Lecture by popular science writer Richard Panek, and the Mitchell Lecture by University of Washington astronomer Emily Levesque. The festival will also feature a presentation by NASA astronaut Bonnie Dunbar.
Other highlights of the festival will include the Science Circus, a performance by physics showman Rhys Thomas that combines science, comedy, and circus arts, and the Low-Temperature Physics Extravaganza. The festival will conclude with a traditional grand finale, the Texas-sized five-barrel depth charge featuring 1,000 plastic balls.
The event is presented by the Texas A&M Department Physics and Astronomy in partnership with several other campus units, including the Departments of Aerospace Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Festival sponsors include Halliburton, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy.
Those interested in attending the festival can find more information, including event directions and parking information, at physicsfestival.tamu.edu.
Physics and Engineering Festival Events
10:00 a.m. – Stephen W. Hawking Auditorium James G. Potter Lecture by Richard Panek: “The Trouble with Gravity”
10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Interactive exhibits manned by Texas A&M faculty, staff, and students
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. – Second-floor primary lecture hall of the Mitchell Physics Building Science Circus by Rhys Thomas
11:30 a.m. – Stephen W. Hawking Auditorium Presentation by NASA astronaut Bonnie Dunbar: “Thinking Outside the Sphere: Exploring Space”
10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 1:45 p.m. Low-Temperature Physics Extravaganza
3:00 p.m. – South side of the Mitchell Physics Building Texas-sized five-barrel depth charge featuring 1,000 plastic balls
3:30 p.m. – Mitchell Physics Building Primary Lecture Hall Mitchell Lecture by Emily Levesque: “The Last Stargazers: True Stories and Adventures in Astronomy”
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