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Physics and Astronomy to host biennial open house Nov. 5


If you've always been tempted to put a fork in the microwave to see what will happen, this open house just might be for you.

The Ohio University Department of Physics and Astronomy will host its biennial open house from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in Clippinger Laboratory.

The first open house was held in 2005 as part of the World Year of Physics. Scientists showed the public what they were working on in hopes of inspiring children with a love of science. After the success of the first open house, Physics and Astronomy has hosted the event every two years.

The Physics and Astronomy Open House will consist of laboratory tours, hallway activities, talks, and 25-minute hands-on physics shows.

Activities planned include the following:

•    Fun With Liquid Nitrogen
•    What NOT To Do With Your Microwave
•    The Power of Air: Ping Pong Ball Cannon and Pencils through Plywood
•    Telescope Displays and many more

The open house is free and open to all ages. There are many events geared toward children as well as adults with an interest in science. 

"We get a wide range of ages and quite honestly the adults have as much fun as the kids do," said Associate Professor Mark Lucas.

At the 2009 open house, there were nearly 1,000 people in attendance. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is looking forward to a similar turnout this year.

Free parking will be available at Clippinger Laboratories, Walter Hall and Peden Stadium.

A full schedule of events can be found here.