Hands on science a hit with kids of all ages at Open House

On Sunday, Feb. 27, more than 1,500 people flocked to Fermilab to participate in the annual Fermilab Family Open House. This year’s event featured hourly cryogenics shows by Jerry Zimmerman as “Mr. Freeze,” the popular Ask-a-Scientist session on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall and hands-on exhibits designed and built by area high school physics students. Photos from the event are below.

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Naperville North High School students designed a hover craft using a leaf blower to demonstrate force and motion.Photo: Cindy Arnold
Jerry Zimmerman’s cryogenics show, where he performs as Mr. Freeze, created explosions of soap bubbles and drew cheers. Photo: Cindy Arnold.
DZero physicist Mike Cooke and neutrino physicist Dave Schmitz, both from Fermilab, perform the FUNdamentals of Physics show demonstrating how gravity affects a bowling ball and feather. Photo: Cindy Arnold.