Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy
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Sample Lecture Program and an Index to demo pictures/explanations.
A more extensive under-construction video and explanation collection.
If you want to be informed about this and similar shows contact croft AT physics.rutgers.edu
(for Children between the ages of 5 and 110 yrs.)
In 1826, physicist Michael Faraday founded the Children's Christmas Lectures at London's Royal Institution. His goal was to communicate to children the excitement of scientific discovery. In keeping with the spirit of those lectures, Mark Croft, a professor of physics at Rutgers, Jon Mays*, and physics support specialist Dave Maiullo present a physics demonstration and lecture show for children of all ages each Dec. and on special occasions, like Rutgers Day . This event is held in the Physics Lecture Hall at 136 Frelinghuysen Road, on the Busch campus in Piscataway. Driving Directions The event is free of charge and open to the public.(NO PARKING PASS REQUIRED) The demonstrations presented are based on those used in our physics courses. They were designed not just to inform but with an eye toward humor and exciting the imagination. The object of the show is to emphasize the fun in science. Demonstrations will include an exploding hydrogen balloon, a man lying on a bed of nails and the use of a fire extinguisher to shoot a person on roller skates across the room.
*This year we have the good fortune of having Jon Mays stand in for Dave while he is doing his off Broadway show. Jon has nearly a decade of experience in physics demonstrations/education and a passion for the field that is infectious.
Pictures and information from past lectures.
Additional pictures and information from past lectures
click here Prof. Croft's personal web page.
For more information, contact Maiullo at 848-445-9081 (office) or email@example.com
Directions to the Physics Lecture Hall can be obtained at http://www.physics.rutgers.edu.
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