Physics Department to Host Open House for All Ages

OGDEN, Utah – What do black holes, glowing pickles, floating soap and hot chocolate have in common? They’re all part of a physics open house coming to Weber State University in April.

WSU’s Department of Physics will host the inaugural Physics Open House, April 13 from 6-10 p.m. in Lind Lecture Hall. The event, which is free and open to all ages, will feature presentations and demonstrations conducted by WSU physics professors.

Scheduled events include a “Circus of Physics” demonstration show presented by Adam Johnston and Colin Inglefield featuring levitating billiard balls and disappearing test tubes in addition to the aforementioned pickles and soap.

Stacy Palen, director of the Ott Planetarium, will present a talk on black holes. The planetarium also will be presenting shows and a star party that evening.

The open house also will feature: The Mysteries of Hot Chocolate, the Nano Room, Mars 3-D Imagery, Lasers! and a kids’ activity room.

“Science is full of amazing discoveries,” said assistant physics professor John Armstrong. “We want to share the magic of science with the community and perhaps spark a lifelong sense of curiosity in a new generation of scientists.”

Organizers hope the open house will become an annual event on campus.

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