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August 5, 2018

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All-Day Activities

Visit the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider

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!

Facility tour appropriate for ages 10 and over.

All visits start at Berkner Hall; must attend introduction in Berkner Hall Room B to get bus ticket. Arrive by 2:30 pm for last facility visit.

PHENIX detector "evolution"

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider's PHENIX detector is getting an upgrade! Come and see how with demonstrations and explanations from our scientists and engineers.

Berkner Hall Room D

Electricity & Magnetism Demonstrations

Find out how electricity and magnetism make our accelerators work with hands on demonstrations from the Collider-Accelerator department!

Berkner Hall Lobby

Stump the Physicist

Have questions about basic energy, physics or our Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider? Ask a physicist!

Berkner Hall Lobby

Scheduled Activities

Mr. Fish’s Phenomenal Physics (Show)

Renowned circus performer presents astounding tricks that actually have scientific explanations. Using boomerangs, bubbles, bull whips, balloons and eggs this program demonstrates velocity, friction, inertia, sonic booms, aerodynamics, arches and more.

12:00 pm • 1:30 pm • 3:00 pm

Berkner Hall Auditorium

Doors open 15 minutes before show time. Be sure to arrive early as the auditorium fills quickly.

The “Hot” (and “Cold”) Science of RHIC (Talk)

Presented by Berndt Mueller, Associate Lab Director for Nuclear & Particle Physics

12:30 pm • 2:30 pm

Hamilton Seminar Room, Chemistry (Bldg. 555)


Bus from Berkner Hall

Walk from Berkner Hall

Gates open 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Visitors over the age of 16 must show photo ID.
Check in at Berkner Hall. | Cafeteria open 11:00 am – 3:00 pm