Fermilab Today Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hands on science a hit with kids of all ages at Open House

On Sunday, Feb. 27, more than 1,500 people flocked to Fermilab to participate in the annual Fermilab Family Open House. This year's event featured hourly cryogenics shows by Jerry Zimmerman as "Mr. Freeze," the popular Ask-a-Scientist session on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall and hands-on exhibits designed and built by area high school physics students. Photos from the event are below.

Jerry Zimmerman's cryogenics show where he performs as Mr. Freeze created explosions of soap bubbles and drew cheers.
Naperville North High School students designed a hover craft using a leaf blower to demonstrate force and motion.
Students from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School show how static electricity created by rubbing a balloon on hair can move objects.
Children build yo-yos during the Fermilab Family Open House on February 27.
DZero physicist Mike Cooke and neutrino physicist Dave Schmitz, both from Fermilab, perform the FUNdamentals of Physics show demonstrating how gravity affects a bowling ball and feather.
Crowds at the Fermilab Family Open House line up to try a gravity collider, which shows how particles coming from different directions would interact with one another.
Open House participants tour the Tevatron exhibit on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall.

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