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July 13 - August 3, 2014



Atom-Smashing Fun!*

Visit PHENIX and STAR, two detector experiments bigger than a house.

Visit the Northeast’s largest particle accelerator where physicists study what the universe may have looked like in the first few moments after its creation. Visit particle detectors as big as a house. Enjoy the “Phenomenal Physics with Mr. Fish” show.

Take a walk into the tunnel that houses RHIC’s twin accelerators and see where ion beams travel near the speed of light. Visit PHENIX and STAR, two detector experiments bigger than a house and learn about conditions that existed in the universe a microsecond after the Big Bang.

Bus tickets available after attending an overview in Berkner Hall, Room B. Overviews are presented every 20 minutes; last facility visit begins at 3 p.m.


Science Talks




Enjoy The “Phenomenal Physics With Mr. Fish” Show

Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.

Berkner Hall Auditorium
Be sure to arrive early as the auditorium fills quickly!


Stump The Physicist

11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m.

Berkner Hall - Room C
Have questions about basic energy, physics or our RHIC facility? Ask a physicist!


Hands On Science Fun!

All Day

Berkner Hall - Room D
Fire electron beams into a virtual 3D simulator of the proposed eRHIC accelerator!

Location TBD
Send electrons into orbit with the e/m Helmholtz coil device; discover the amazing properties of magnets!

Berkner Hall, Lobby
Velocity up; pressure down! Experience the Bernoulli Principle in action or make your hair stand on end with our Van de Graaff generator!


*Appropriate for ages 10 and over

photo of PHENIX detector