Fireballs, physics and fun: Texas A&M brings virtual science festival straight to your home

Enjoy free interactive demonstrations, meet scientists, and hear from exciting key note speakers.
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 5:48 AM CDT
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - Texas A&M University Physics & Astronomy is going virtual for its Physics & Engineering Festival, and even though this year’s festival is virtual, event organizers stress that they are bringing the same level of excitement and passion.

“We want everyone to get the same feeling that they would get during the live in-person festival as we will get during this virtual festival,” said Dawson Nodurft, Texas A&M University Physics & Astronomy, Instructional Assistant Professor. “Our goal is to bring our passion and excitement to you, just over the internet.”

For Nodurft, the festival is part of the reason why he came to Texas A&M University as a graduate student in 2011 and why he is part of the faculty now.

The virtual festival takes place on April 10th starting at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m.

The day will consist of interactive live stream demonstrations, scientist interactions, and keynote talks.

“We are going to be showing you the fun and enjoyment you can get from science and engineering,” said Nodurft.

This year there will be over 200 interactive demos that participants can watch live and ask scientists questions about, according to the Texas A&M University Physics & Engineering Festival.

“Texas A&M professors will present science demonstrations via ZOOM to allow for great opportunities of participant involvement,” according to the Texas A&M University Physics & Engineering Festival.

The demonstrations will also include activities that participants can replicate at home using commonly found household items.

The 2021 keynote speakers will be Nancy Currie-Gregg, NASA Astronaut and professor of engineering practice at Texas A&M University, and David Saltzberg, Science Consultant for The Big Bang Theory TV show & professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA.

Click here to view the schedule of activities.

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