Science Weekend Offers Wonders for All Ages at the Snowmass Mall, Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8

SNOWMASS VILLAGE—From a balloon ascent to Tabletop Science; from an evening Sky Party to Physics on Stage; from a Virtual Science Fair to hands-on exhibits: Science Weekend has something for everyone of every age on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, in and around the Snowmass Village Mall.

As part of the three-week “Snowmass2001” physics conference, Science Weekend keynotes an effort that “will take public outreach and education efforts to a new level, thanks to a remarkable response from the whole particle physics community,” says theoretical physicist Elizabeth Simmons of Boston University, coordinator of Snowmass2001 outreach efforts.

Here’s the program:

Saturday

10 AM Virtual Science Fair (Incline A): Explore physics and astronomy on-line with physicists and teachers to guide you through interactive science web sites from around the world (continuous through 4 PM).
Science on the Mall: Large-scale interactive exhibits from SciTech, the science museum in Aurora, Illinois; levitation and more “Wonders of Superconductivity” from the University of Houston; and many more activities as children learn through play and adults discover fresh perspectives (continuous through 4 PM).
Tabletop Science (Incline B): Small-scale science complements the large-scale exhibits on the Mall, with scientists and teachers to answer your questions and encourage your explorations (continuous through 4 PM).
Physics on Stage (Lift Ticket Pavilion, outdoors): Performance groups from the University of Illinois and Michigan State University dramatize science principles and paradoxes—followed by a lively question and discussion session (additional performances at Noon, 2 PM and 4 PM).
11 AM Planetarium Show (Lift Ticket Pavilion, indoors): Astronomers and educators from Chicago’s famed Adler Planetarium lead explorations of the cosmos (additional shows at 1 PM and 3 PM).
30-Minute Lecture (Lecture Room): Greg Landsberg, “Out-of-this-world Physics—Extra Dimensions and Parallel Universes.”
Noon Physics on Stage (Lift Ticket Pavilion, outdoors)
1 PM Planetarium Show (Lift Ticket Pavilion, indoors)
30-Minute Lecture (Lecture Room): Fred Stein, “Physics and Philosophy”
Conversation (Lift Ticket Pavilion, outdoors): Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman
2 PM Physics on Stage (Lift Ticket Pavilion, outdoors)
3 PM Planetarium Show (Lift Ticket Pavilion, indoors)
30-Minute Lecture (Lecture Room): Michael Peskin, “Particle Physics”
Conversation (Lift Ticket Pavilion, outdoors): Greg Snow and Jeff Wilkes, cosmic rays and balloon ascent (see also Sunday at Sunrise)
4 PM Physics on Stage (Lift Ticket Pavilion, outdoors)
8:30 PM Evening Sky Party (Campfire Circle): Astronomers and educators from Adler Planetarium explorations of the night sky at Campfire Circle, just a short walk away from the lights of the Mall (until 10 PM).

Sunday

Sunrise Cosmic Ray Balloon Ascent (Baseball Field): An attempt to re-enact the 1911 discovery of cosmic rays by Victor Hess. Dressed in period costume, physicists will go aloft with cosmic ray detection equipment.
10 AM Virtual Science Fair (Incline A), through 4 PM
Tabletop Science (Incline B), through 4 PM
Science on the Mall, through 4 PM
Physics on Stage (Lift Ticket Pavilion, outdoors)
11 AM Planetarium Show (Lift Ticket Pavilion, indoors)
30-Minute Lecture (Lecture Room): Bernice Durand, “The Sky”
Conversation (Lift Ticket Pavilion, outdoors): Greg Snow and Jeff Wilkes, cosmic rays and balloon ascent (see Sunday at Sunrise)
Noon Physics on Stage (Lift Ticket Pavilion, outdoors)
1 PM Planetarium Show (Lift Ticket Pavilion, indoors)
30-Minute Lecture (Lecture Room): Sean Carroll, “Einstein’s Legacy: Gravity and the Forces of Nature”
Conversation (Lift Ticket Pavilion, outdoors): Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman
2 PM Physics on Stage (Lift Ticket Pavilion, outdoors)
3 PM Planetarium Show (Lift Ticket Pavilion, indoors)
30-Minute Lecture (Lecture Room): Michael Turner, “How the Universe Got Going”
4 PM Physics on Stage (Lift Ticket Pavilion, outdoors)

For more information, call the Snowmass2001 Press Room at 970-923-8313, and visit the web at http://www.snowmass2001.org. Fermilab, offering organizational and logistical support for Snowmass2001, is operated by Universities Research Association, Inc., under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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