Department of Physics and Astronomy Open House - November 7 - Fall 2015
Now that the football schedule is out, we've settled on a date for the 2015 Open House! Many of the details will be similar, though some of the talks and shows will change, and we do not have posters and bookmarks ready yet. The information below will be adjusted as our plans solidify. Stay tuned and help us spread the word!
The open house is free and open to anyone. Activities and talks will be geared towards 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 are listed here with scheduled times where appropriate. Please keep in mind that this is a dynamic event that relies on a lot of equipment and people. We may need to move some events around at the last minute.
The Open House videos from our 2011 Open House are up on our YouTube channel (OhioUPhysics). Check out "Open House 2011" for a great overview of the day. As well, check out the "Why Physics?" series of videos, particularly if you're considering Physics as a career.
Feel free to contact Dr. Mark Lucas if you have additional questions or requests for information.
Please help us spread the word!
2013 Featured Talk!
2013 Physics Shows
20-25 minutes duration unless otherwise listed. The times listed are tentative.
- Fun with Liquid Nitrogen - Clippinger 119
- 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
- To Wet or Not to Wet - Clippinger 131
- 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 and pencil through plywood demonstrations)
- Magical Magnets and More - Clippinger 215
- 12:00 through 4:30 - Have fun with magnets and lots of bizzare demos.
- Seeing Sound: Sound, Music and Physics - Clippinger 103
- 11:00 through 3:00 - A variety of sound demos.
- Relative Reality - Clippinger 259
- 1:30, 3:00 - 35 minute video exploring a drive through a town at nearly the speed of light.
2013 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.
- New 3D Printer!
- Come see the new 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
- Bubbles: Tension is Good for You!
- Soapy fun with Surface Tension - Hallway near 131
- Water Drop Sports
- Use nanomaterials in new and creative ways!- Hallway near 131
- 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
- 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
- Sand Balloon Bungee Drop 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
- 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.
2013 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
- 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 - Ticket required.
- 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
The easiest way to reach Clippinger Labs is to follow US-50/S.R. 33 to the 682 exit. At the roundabout at Richland Avenue, veer right. Cross the Hocking River and turn right onto South Green. The stadium will be on your right. Continue past Oxbow Trail and turn left onto University Terrace. As you swing around to the left, Clippinger is the large building on your left. You can park in any of the lots in the area.
For more general directions to Athens, check out Traveling to Ohio University Athens Campus.
A photo of Clippinger can be found here.
Parking is free and available in Dark Green and Purple color designated lots including lot numbers 83, 84, 86, 88 next to Clippinger Laboratories. Additional parking is available in Dark Green and Purple lots 132 and 134 next to Peden football stadium and Margaret Walter Hall. A parking pass is not needed in any of these Dark Green and Purple lots. Parking information is available here. Clippinger is building 81 and is located at H-6.
Help Spread the Word! A copy of the poster can be found here. Feel free to print this and post it!
For more information, contact Prof. Mark Lucas (firstname.lastname@example.org) (740)597-2984.