Summer Girls is a free, two-week program with sessions for rising 9th graders and 11th and 12th graders. Activities include numerous lab experiments, lessons, demos, and tours of research hosted at UMD. The 9th grade session focuses on mechanics, while the 11th and 12th grade program jumps into the world of modern physics.
This innovative program combines physics, sport, and literature of the Harry Potter novels. Within the context of the real-life sport of quidditch, camp participants conduct experiments, learn concepts in mechanics, explore fantasy elements of the novels, and play the game of quidditch.
The USA Science and Engineering Festival, held on April 25-27, 2014 was an exciting venue for us to show off the department and share the joy of physics with an audience of thousands (estimated attendance 325,000). Our showcase focused on high-interest, hands-on demonstrations provided by our Lecture Demonstration Facility. We carefully chose demonstrations to engage audience members of all ages.
We will be presenting Physics is Phun: Hot and Cold on February 6th & 7th, 2015
Each week during the semester, the Department of Physics hosts prominent scientists from around the country to speak at our colloquium series. This is an excellent opportunity for faculty, students and the local science community to learn about some of the most intriguing topics in the field of physics today. Colloquia are held Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. (preceded by light refreshments at 3:30 p.m.).