Community Day Program

Graphic: Globe, DNA Helix, Planet with Rings, Test Tube with text: Community Day Program

(subject to change without notice)

Participate in interactive exhibits and demos [SUSB and Kavli Buildings, Main Quad]

  • Watch your hair rise as you walk through an electric field charged by Van de Graaff generators
  • Shine a laser into flowing water and see it surf the water stream
  • Learn how to make a Gatorade-powered battery
  • See a wave visualized by fire streaming out of a tube
  • Jump into the digital world and learn about physics
  • Test buoyancy on different liquids
  • Measure the width of your hair using laser
  • Accelerate small ping pong balls through a clear tube at high speed
  • See how molecules relax and polymers shrink with heat
  • Find out how to blow up a marshmallow, make toilet paper fly, crush a soda can, and more using vacuum science techniques
  • Visualize normally invisible heat gradients and fluid flows
  • Learn how particles from space go through you with a cosmic ray detector
  • Draw, color and stamp your way to an art-science mural
  • Think like an archaeologist
  • Create a straw bridge and test how much weight it can stand
  • See scale models of the sun, planets and orbits
  • Share your love and curiosity for science through poems or drawings
  • Learn how a thin film creates iridescent, rainbow colors
  • Take a selfie in our fun photo station with science-themed accessories
  • Use UV light to transfer a pattern on a paper
  • Check out a solar hydroponic garden: off-grid, sustainable and pesticide-free
  • Look how X-rays can explore fascinating atomic and molecular sights through a hologram
  • Learn about the science of light through a bubble-blowing activity
  • View solar sunspots
  • Explore a scale model of the sun, planets and orbits
  • See planets, star clusters and galaxies with your own eyes through a telescope
  • Meet a Zoox: Autonomous Testing Vehicle

Join hands-on workshops [SUSB]

  • Build your own microscope 
  • Learn how a telescope works
  • Make your own planispheres (star-finders)

Listen to short science talks…and ask questions [Panofsky Auditorium]

  • Earth Rocks! A Tour of our Planet from the Inside Out by Arianna Gleason-Holbrook (5:30-6:00 p.m.)
  • Meet the –Trons, the Most Powerful Family in the World by Diana Gamzina (6:00-6:30 p.m.)
  • Why We Need Dark Matter by Risa Wechsler (6:30-7:00 p.m.)
  • Studying the Big Bang from Antarctica by Ari Jozef Cukierman (7:30-8:00 p.m.)
  • Building the World's Largest Digital Camera by Adam Snyder (8:00-8:30 p.m.)

Watch short movies in a Planetarium [SUSB Breezeway] (first-come, first-served)

  • Every 30 minutes from 5:30-7:00 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. (20-person capacity per time slot)

Watch short clips in 3D [Visualization Lab, 2nd Floor Kavli Building] (first-come, first-served)

  • Every 30 minutes from 5:30-7:00 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. (25-person capacity per time slot)

Take a mini facility tour (first-come, first-served; closed-toed shoes required)

  • Klystron Gallery* (5:30 p.m. | 6:00 p.m. | 6:30 p.m. | 7:00 p.m.)
  • Linac Coherent Light Source* (5:30 p.m. | 6:00 p.m. | 6:30 p.m. | 7:00 p.m.)
    *30-person capacity per tour slot; meet in the Orientation Theater in SUSB
  • Accelerator Control Room** (5:30 p.m. | 6:00 p.m. | 6:30 p.m. | 7:00 p.m. | 7:30 p.m. | 8:00 p.m.)
    **20-person capacity per tour slot; meet in the Main Quad