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July 21, 2019

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All-Day Activities

National Synchrotron Light Source II

Take a tour of the National Synchrotron Light Source II experiment floor. Kids can participate in hands-on science fun at our interactive stations! Become a Junior Operator when you try our model synchrotron. Look in our microscopes, play with water rockets, see a toy solar car in action, build a candy crystal, or watch exciting demonstrations with liquid nitrogen.

* Tour starts in Berkner Hall Room B. Bus transportation is provided to the National Synchrotron Light Source; arrive by 2:30 pm for last bus.

Hands-on Science and Math

Enjoy science and math-based activities like line art, polydron shape building, and paper mat weaving.

Berkner Hall Lobby


Bus from Berkner Hall

Walk from Berkner Hall

Scheduled Activities

Science Spectacular Laser Light Show

Presented by Prismatic Magic

Delve into the mysteries of light, color, and perception in an exciting laser light show that proves science is cool.

12:00 pm • 1:30 pm • 3:00 pm

1 hour, All ages

Berkner Hall Auditorium

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

'Brilliant' Light with Tiny Electronics (Talk)

Tiny electronic parts are a big deal when it comes to developing today’s technology, including highly specialized detectors at machines like NSLS-II. Join scientist and electrical engineer Shaorui Li for an informative and engaging talk about how engineers use microelectronics to build advanced detectors that can reveal the chemical composition, atomic structure, and magnetic properties of materials like batteries, proteins, and solar cells.

11:00 am • 2:00 pm

30 minutes, ages 9+

Hamilton Seminar Room, Chemistry (Bldg. 555)

Come back next week! Get a frequent visitor card and get it stamped each Summer Sunday you come to this year. Attend three or more Summer Sundays and you’re eligible to receive a small thank you gift! (while supplies last)

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1½ mi. north of LIE Exit 68, Directions

Gates open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Buildings are wheelchair accessible

Questions? Call (631) 344-2651

Last Facility visit begins at 3 p.m. All activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visitors age 16 and over must bring a photo ID.

Our Café is open from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Our Gift Shop is open from 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Schedule is subject to change.