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Join us for the 19th annual Maryland Day to explore our world of fearless ideas on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 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

Smoke Ring Cannon
Make giant smoke rings! Two cannons make for amazing motion when rings collide!

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

Think Quantum 
Discover the secrets of the universe as described by quantum mechanics, the physics revolution of the last 100 years. Come hear and see how photons behave both like particles of light and waves of electromagnetic energy.  Learn about quantum computers of the future. See magnetic levitation, possible because of superconductors.

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

Radar Velocity 
Test your throwing ability at the Radar Velocity Detector Station.


10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

1410-1412 John S. Toll Physics Building

Physics is Phun
The Physics of Fantastic Worlds:  From Star Wars to Harry Potter

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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 state-of-the-art particle detectors to fly on gigantic balloons in Antarctica.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Room 1201, Physics Toll Bldg.

Distinguished University Professor Raman Sundrum and Dr. David Curtin

Recreating the Big Bang......Again and Again and Again
Where did all the Matter in the Universe come from, all the atoms making up people, planets and stars, as well as the more mysterious non-atomic Dark Matter? The answer hinges on the "war" of annihilation between Matter and Antimatter soon after the Big Bang, but the precise story at first seems lost in the ancient past. Fortunately, modern particle physics experiments, such as the CERN Laboratory's Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva, are able to recreate some of the extreme conditions of the very early Universe. We will introduce you to some of the latest theoretical ideas and experimental innovations, developed at the University of Maryland and elsewhere, that might allow us to replay the first key instants of creation to find out just what happened.