June 5, 2002
Free Summer Sunday Tours at Brookhaven Lab, July 14 – August 25
UPTON, NY — This summer, Sunday tours of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory will feature exciting interactive exhibits and an inside look at a different Laboratory facility each Sunday, including the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the world’s newest and biggest particle accelerator for nuclear physics research.
Also, Brookhaven’s Magnet Division will be open to the public for the
first time this year. Visitors will be able to see how high-tech magnets
are made for accelerators around the world.
The Lab will be open for tours on seven consecutive Sundays, from July 14 to August 25. Tour hours are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is free and no reservations are needed, but to be admitted on site, all visitors age 15 and over must bring a photo ID.
A new hands-on exhibit called “Brain Teasers,” a collection of 20 puzzles ranging from giant jigsaws to rope tricks, will challenge both children and adults. Also, local high school students will demonstrate the robots they built.
The “Whiz Bang Science Show” — popular with both adults and children — will be shown at 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Sunday during the summer program. Both children and adults will enjoy lively interactive demonstrations of basic scientific principles. How does a “Bernoulli blower” float a beach ball in the air? What’s a corrugaphone and how does sound travel through it? These are just a few of the intriguing items to be covered in the show.
The tour schedule is as follows:
July 14 — Life Sciences
July 21 — Magnet Division
July 28 — Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC)
August 4 — Brookhaven National Laboratory Fire Station
August 11 — National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS)
August 18 — Energy & Environment
August 25 — Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC)
For more information about Brookhaven’s free Sunday tours, call (631) 344-2651. Brookhaven Lab is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.