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Physics & Astronomy Open House

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Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Clippinger Laboratories at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Come join us for a day of “Physics Phun” at the Physics & Astronomy Department Biennial Open House! The open house is free and open to anyone. Activities and talks will be geared toward a wide range of ages from elementary grades up through the ever-young and curious at heart. (That's a graceful way of saying K-99, Grades Kindergarten to Grade 99, in education speak).

Activities and shows from the 2015 Open House are listed below. As this year's list of shows and activities develops, we will post a revised schedule.

Check out "Open House 2011" for a great overview of the day.

Contact Us

Feel free to contact Dr. Mark Lucas if you have additional questions or requests for information.


The Matrix - How does Computer Memory Work? - Clippinger 194

  • Single 30-40 minute talk at 1:30 p.m. - Dr. Gang Chen and Dr. David Drabold
    Come learn about the physics behind different ways to store information in a computer. They'll also talk about ongoing research at Ohio University focussed on a new type of memory called CBRAM.

Cosmic Explosions and the Stuff They Leave Behind

  • Dr. Madappa Prakash, Time 12:30 p.m.

Relative Reality

A trip through town at near the speed of light!

  • Dr. David Onley, Time 1:30

The Dark Side of the Universe

  • Dr. Doug Clowe, Time 2:30 p.m.

Physics Shows

20-25 minutes duration unless otherwise listed. The times listed are tentative.

Fun with Liquid Nitrogen - Clippinger 119

  • 10:00,11:00,12:00,1:00,2:00,3:00

What NOT to Do with Your Microwave - Clippinger 135

  • 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30

Levitation: Beating Back Gravity - Clippinger 133

  • 10:00, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4:00

Sharks with Lasers on Their Heads - Clippinger 205

  • 11:30, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00

Fashioning Patterns: Atoms on the Runway - Clippinger 131

  • Atomic tailoring to create functionality
    11:00, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30

Power of Air - Third Floor Lobby Clippinger

  • 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:30, 4:00 (Ping pong ball cannon)

AthensMakers: Arduinos, MakeyMakeys, Magnetic Trains and More - Clippinger 215

  • 12:00 through 3:00 - Have fun with magnets and lots of bizzare demos.

Catch a Wave! - Clippinger 103

  • 11:00 through 3:00 - A variety of sound demos.

Hallway Activities and Displays

The Hallway Activities are scattered throughout the lobby area on the three floors and are available the full day unless otherwise noted.

3D Printers

  • Come see the Replicator 2 in action - 3rd Floor Hallway

Infrared Camera

  • See yourself in a new light! - 3rd Floor Hallway

The Sky is NOT the Limit ... with a Telescope

  • How to choose a telescope. 1st Floor lobby

nanO stUdio

  • A tabletop collection of advanced and compact microscopes including AFM, STM, SEM - 12-3 Savas Kaya (NQPI, Russ College of Engineering) - Hallway near 131

Moire Movies

  • Make your own Moire patterns and movies - Hallway near 131

Covering Flatland

  • Come and tile with Bravais, Escher and Penrose as guides - Hallway near 131


  • Sail down the hallway on a cushion of air - 3rd Floor Hallway

Physics Arcade

  • Games and simulations that involve physics - 2nd Floor Hallway

Hallway Slingshot and Funky Pendulum

  • 3rd Floor Hallway

Physics Construction Challenges

  • Sail Car Challenge and more - 2nd Floor Lobby

Bowling Ball Slalom

  • Getting a feel for inertia - 2nd Floor Lobby

Angular Momentum Demos

  • Twist and Spin! 2nd Floor Lobby

The BOOKS Project

2nd Floor Lobby

Water Rockets (Weather Permitting)

  • West Lawn

Solar Viewing (Weather Permitting)

  • 10AM-2PM Front Sidewalk

Physics and Toys Corner

  • Variety of Physics-related toys for the younger set and young at heart! 2nd Floor Lobby and Hallway

Cosmic Ray Booth

  • Cosmic Ray Detector and Cloud Chamber - 1st Floor Lobby

Physics Art Table

Future Scientist Prize

  • Attend shows, participate in activities and you can earn a small prize on the way out. Three levels of prizes depending on the number of shows and activities.

Lab Tours

Tours of various labs. Some tours required reserving a place in the tour by picking up a free ticket at the Welcome Table.

Edwards Accelerator Lab

  • 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 - Ticket required. Leave from first floor lobby.

Single Atom Manipulation Lab - Nanoart

  • 10:45, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15, 12:45, 3:15, 3:45 - Ticket required. Leave from first floor lobby.

Helium: the Chilling Substance of Science

  • 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 - Ticket required. Leave from first floor lobby. Age 10 and older.

Laser "Tweezers" Lab - Clippinger 352

  • 11:00-12:30, 1:30-3:00

Scanning Electron Microscope - Clippinger 353

  • 11:00-12:30, 1:30-3:00

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