All-Ages Physics Fair to Make Its Debut
There will be questions and lots of answers, sprinkled
with generous amounts of fun, at the inaugural Johns
Hopkins Physics Fair. The all-ages event, sponsored by the
Department of Physics
and Astronomy, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on
Saturday, April 24, in Homewood's Bloomberg Center.
The afternoon kicks off with the Physics Challenge, an
individual competition geared toward Maryland high school
students who are taking physics but open to everyone.
Participants will be presented with a multiple choice test,
similar in form to the SAT, which they have 30 minutes to
complete. The top three scorers from K-12 schools will
For team-oriented competition, the fair features the
Physics Bowl. The contest will face off teams of K-12
students, up to four players, who will answers questions
TV-game-show-style in Schafler Auditorium. The Physics Bowl
is limited to 30 teams, and there will be two rounds of
During the fair, various physics-related
demonstrations will be set up throughout the building,
including a demo show by professor emeritus Cal Walker. All
attendees will receive a "scavenger hunt" question sheet,
and the demonstrations provide the clues to the answers.
Those who answer all the questions correctly will be given
Attendees can also take part in the Hopkins High Rise
competition, where participants will use marshmallows and
toothpicks to construct the tallest free-standing tower.
To preregister for the Physics Bowl, or for more
information, contact Pam Carmen at 410-516-7346.
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