• Maryland Day 2018
  • John Layman
  • Eclipse 2017
  • Maryland Day 2017
  • Demonstrations
  • Popular Demonstrations by Class
  • How to Place a Demonstration Request
  • Summer Youth Programs 2018
  • Upcoming Outreach Events

Maryland Day is coming April 28!

Check out some of our exciting events!

We are saddened to report that John Layman, a retired UMD faculty member and past president of AAPT who contributed a great deal to the Lecture-Demonstration facility and to science education overall, passed away recently. From his neon-lamp static electricity detector to his tireless advocacy for education and inquiry, he loomed large in our field and in campus life. He was widely respected and will be greatly missed.

See his memorial post at UMD Physics

John Layman with Donna Hammer, Kathy Restorff, and liquid nitrogen ice cream at AAPT 2015 at UMD

UMD Physics watching the partial eclipse of the sun on August 21

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Fun with the Smoke Ring Projectors, Maryland Day 2017

We had lots of fun at Maryland Day 2017! We hope you did, too!

Check out more photos on the Physics Department page!


Check out Maryland Physics' upcoming camps and programs for the summer!

Physics of Quidditch: 2 camps, July 9th – 13th, and July 23rd – 27th, For rising 6th grade – 9th grade. These one-week programs combine physics, sport, and literature to build critical thinking skills and have fun. Camp spots fill up fast so, apply early!

 The Amazing Science Discovery Camp: July 16th – 20th For rising 3rd grade – 5th grade. This one-week program introduces elementary students to scientific exploration of our world. Camp spots fill up fast so, apply early!


 Summer Girls 9th Grade: July 25th – 27th For rising 9th grade 

Summer Girls Advanced: July 20th – August 10th For rising 10th grade – 12th grade 

These two programs offer hands-on science activities and experiences with current research. Applicants who apply by mid-April can expect to receive a decision in early May.



Registration will open in February. Watch for updates on the camp webpages, and sign up soon!

Upcoming Events

 November 11th – Discovery Days – Maryland STEM Festival
 December 1st -2nd – Physics is Phun
 February 10th – Discovery Days
 March 23rd -24th – Physics is Phun
 April 28th – Maryland Day
 June 2nd – Discovery Days
 Late June – Summer Camps Begin

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