General Lab Information

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Open House Summer Sundays 2023. Free! 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dazzling Discoveries

July 23, 2023

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Dazzling Discoveries | July 23

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. This show is suitable for all ages.

Noon • 1:30 pm • 3 p.m. (1 hour)

Berkner Auditorium

Lighting a Path Through the COVID-19 Pandemic (TALK)

COVID-19 needs no introduction. But during this talk, meet Sean McSweeney, a researcher who had a part in fighting it, using x-rays from NSLS-II to find protective mask materials, develop antiviral agents and targets for vaccines, and more. This talk is recommended for those ages 10 and older. Presented by Sean McSweeney, National Synchrotron Light Source II.

11 a.m. • 2 p.m. (30 minutes)

Hamilton Seminar Room, Chemistry (Bldg. 555)

All-Day Activities

National Synchrotron Light Source II

Tour the experimental floor at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), which produces light 10 billion times brighter than the sun for cutting-edge research. Participate in hands-on science fun at interactive stations! Become a "junior operator" by running our model synchrotron. Peer into microscopes, see a toy solar car in action, build a candy crystal, and watch exciting demonstrations with liquid nitrogen.

* Tour starts in Berkner Hall Room B. Bus transportation is provided to NSLS-II. Arrive by 2:30 p.m. for the last bus to the facility.

Hands-on Science, Math, and Art

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

Berkner Hall


Bus from Berkner Hall
Walk from Berkner Hall

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Laser Light Show

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National Synchrotron Light Source II

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Hands-on Science, Math, and Art

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July 9

Family Fun

at the Science Learning Center
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July 16

Small-scale Science

at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials
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July 23

Dazzling Discoveries

at the National Synchrotron Light Source II
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July 30

Fascinating Physics

with the universe's basic building blocks
  • Free, no reservations needed
  • Gates open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • All activities, subject to change, are first-come, first-served