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Join us for the 18th annual Maryland Day to explore our world of fearless ideas on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maryland Day is an exciting opportunity for prospective students and area residents to learn more about the University of Maryland. We hope you’ll join the Department of Physics on Science & Tech Way for the events listed below!

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Physics Front Lawn

Discover Physics
Participate in an amplified version of the Physics Discovery Days series, which provides education and entertainment through demonstrations and hands-on-activities. 

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Physics Front Lawn

Smoke Ring Cannon
Make giant smoke rings! Two cannons make for amazing motion when rings collide! (If weather is bad, cannons will be in Room 1410).

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Physics Front Lawn 

Think Quantum 
Dual personalities are at the heart of quantum physics. Come hear and see how photons behave both like particles of light and wave of electromagnetic energy. Interact with atoms used to develop quantum computers of the future. See magnetic levitation, possible because of superconductors, Discover more secrets of the universe as descrived by quantum mechanics, the physics revolution of the last 100 years.  

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Physics Lobby

Physics of Pottery
Get behind the wheel with the Physics Pottery club! Learn about the Physics behind pottery while molding ceramic bowls and figurines.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Physics Front Lawn

Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream
You've had 31 flavors, but we bet you haven't had ice cream like this! Our homemade Physics specialty tastes great and is safe for children of all ages -- come try it! (While supplies last).

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Physics Front Lawn

Cosmic Ray Lab Tour
Come on a virtual journey as we tour our cosmic ray lab. Together, students, physicists and engineers work in the lab to build stat-of-the-art particle detectors to fly on gigantic balloons in Antarctica.

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Room 1201, Physics Toll Bldg

About 100 years after Einstein first theorized about the existence of gravitational waves, they have finally been detected. In this talk Peter Shawhan, an associate professor and principal investigator in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration, will tell the remarkable story of LIGO's detection of gravitational waves.