Adventures in Physics
The Adventures in Physics program provides engaging demonstrations of physics at elementary school assemblies in the Orange County area. It also hosts an annual public event at UCI for the entire community. Join us on February 10, 2024!
Momentum I 12:00 p.m
Professor Bill Heidbrink and his team will kick off the show by demonstrating concepts involving Newton’s laws and momentum. Learn about mass, velocity, and conservation of momentum. Watch cannons explode and rockets launch, then participate in educational hands-on activities.
Neutrinos: The ‘Ghosts’ of the Universe I 1:00 p.m
Professor Pedro Ochoa-Ricoux will talk about neutrinos - fascinating particles similar to electrons but with strange and unique properties, like the ability to cross the entire planet Earth without losing their momentum. With complex detectors that are the size of multi-story buildings, it is possible to stop some of these ghostly particles in their tracks and gather information about the cosmic sources that produce them.
Q&A with UCI Students I 2:00 p.m.
Following the demonstrations and lecture, UCI students will host a Q&A session about life in college.
This event honors the legacy of John Rosendahl, Instructional Programs Director in the Department of Physics & Astronomy from 1987 – 2012. He created memorable lecture demonstrations that were seen by more than 50,000 students, and conducted physics assemblies for K-12 schools.