Lancaster – Students from Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington will head to Athens this weekend to help with the Ohio University Department of Physics and Astronomy Open House. The event is being held at Clippinger Laboratories on October 19 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
"The event will be filled with displays, activities, hands-on demonstrations and shows to illustrate the fun of physics. The family-friendly event will show how physics is truly all around us," said OUL Associate Professor of Physics Sandy Doty. "This is a semi-annual event. Every year I am asked to participate and I am told that I am welcome to bring students with me. My students have enthusiasm for the 'fun' applications of physics and I asked if they would like to go."
Six students from OUL will be working with faculty and students in Athens to create a fun event for all ages. The students are part of Doty's Physics 2051 course.
"From my perspective, this event is a win-win-win. Students win because they have an opportunity to see, outside of exams, that they really do know what they think they know as they explain and demonstrate. Students also win from having the opportunity to work with equipment and applications that we don't have access to in Lancaster," said Doty. "Finally, since many of these students will transfer to Athens relatively soon, this event provides an opportunity for them to make key connections with faculty and peers in Athens."
Several different activities will be held throughout the day including workshops called: "Fun with Liquid Nitrogen," "What not to do with your Microwave," and "Beating Back Gravity."
"This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to participate in a large event on the Athens Campus and apply what they are learning in the classroom," said Doty. "Many of us who love science have that memory of the first time we saw something that made us excited to learn more.It's great that our students will be there to help instill a love of science into the next generation."
There will also be telescope displays, an infra-red camera display and lab tours. The keynote talk will be given by Dr. Charlotte Elster, nuclear theorist and accomplished amateur figure skater.It is called "Fun with Physics and Figure Skating." It will be at 1:30 p.m. in Clippinger 194. The open house is free and open to anyone.