[Bloominglabs-announce] Fwd: Chemistry, physics and astronomy departments to make learning fun with open house activities (fwd)

Jenett Tillotson jtillots at cogbots.com
Mon Oct 22 15:02:01 EDT 2012

This is always a good time especially for kids.


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Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:56:21 -0400
From: Indiana University Newsroom <iuinfo at indiana.edu>
Subject: Chemistry, physics and astronomy departments to make learning fun
with open house activities

Indiana University
IU News Room
                                    News Release

Last modified: Monday, October 22, 2012


Oct. 22, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington's chemistry, physics and
astronomy departments will again host their ever-popular science open
houses --
designed to amaze, entrance and educate young and old alike -- all day
Oct. 27.

Science Open House
It's a big science weekend coming up when Indiana University Bloomington's
astronomy, chemistry and physics departments conduct their annual day of
open houses
-- filled with experiments, activities and tours for all ages -- Saturday,
Oct. 27.
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The open houses begin at 9 a.m.; the physics and astronomy events, based
out of
Swain Hall West, 727 E. Third St., end at 2:45 p.m., while the Chemistry
Open House,
in the Chemistry Building at 800 E. Kirkwood Ave., ends 15 minutes later at
3 p.m.
Each of the open houses is free and features a wide range of activities,
pumpkins being dropped from fifth-floor windows and the Department of
well-received magic shows.

The Chemistry Open House celebrates National Chemistry Week, a
annual event that unites American Chemical Society local sections,
schools and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to
quality of
life. This year's theme is "Nanotechnology -- The Smallest Big Idea in
Science," and
it marks the 25th anniversary of National Chemistry Week.

Chemistry magic shows will be conducted at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; several
will be open for tours and will feature activities led by faculty, graduate
and staff, including the scientific glassblowing facility. Visitors will be
able to
view a number of current research posters about the latest work being done
by IU

The Physics & Astronomy Open House also will feature crowd-pleasing
and science theory. Participants will make waves and analyze sounds in the
Room, spin dizzily in the Mechanics Room, create crackling sparks in the
Electromagnetism Room, experience strange optical effects in the Light &
Color Room,
explore quantum effects and current particle physics experiments being done
Fermilab and the Large Hadron Collider in the Modern Physics Room, play
with optical
illusions in the Biophysics Room and see objects shattered after being
plunged in
liquid nitrogen in low-temperature demonstrations.

The always popular Contest Room will challenge science knowledge and reward
brainpower with prizes. The Outdoor Exploratorium features the perplexing
Force Merry-go-Round, dry ice bowling, and a seismometer and
radar from the Department of Geological Sciences.

"Magical Science Theater," a demonstration lecture by the IU Physics Club,
will have
two shows, at 9:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., in Swain West 119, and are suitable
children in Grades 1 to 12, as well as college students and adults.

The Physics & Astronomy Open House also will include a guided tour of the IU
Integrated Science and Accelerator Technology Hall (for ages 13 and older),
as well
as tours of nearby Kirkwood Observatory and the solar observatory given by
astronomers. The pumpkin drop will take place at 10:40 a.m. and 2:40 p.m.
in the
West parking lot.

Physics professor Harold Ogren will report on the Higgs boson discovery
from noon
until 12:40 p.m. An update from Department of Geology chair Lisa Pratt on
Curiosity rover's exploration of Mars will precede Ogren's presentation at
11 a.m.,
and the International Space Station will be the topic for political science
professor Bill Bianco from 1 to 1:40 p.m. All three presentations are in
Swain West
Room 007.

Faculty and students will be on hand to assist, explain activities, discuss
and chat with those interested in careers or education in chemistry,
applied physics and astronomy at Indiana University. IU Bloomington's
chemistry and physics departments are units within IU Bloomington's College
of Arts
and Sciences.

More information is available at
http://www.chem.indiana.edu/community-outreach/open-house/index.asp and at
http://www.iub.edu/~iubphys/outreach/openhouse.shtml or by contacting Steve
Chaplin, IU Communications, at stjchap at iu.edu or 812-856-1896.
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