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Join us for the 20th annual Maryland Day to explore our world of fearless ideas on Saturday, April 28, 2018, 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!

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Physical Sciences Complex 

Think Quantum: Lab Tours
Discover the secrets of the universe as described by quantum mechanics, the physics revolution of the last 100 years. Learn about quantum computers of the future. See ultracold atoms, laser beams, liquid helium cooled superconductors and more. Tours leave from the main lobby.

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

Think Quantum:  Magnetic Levitation

See levitating superconductors, cooled by liquid nitrogen, zoom around a magnetic track.

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Physics Front Lawn

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


11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

1410-1412 John S. Toll Physics Building

Physics is Phun:  Catch the Gravitational Wave
Join us  before each show for hands-on demos.

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

Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream
Bet you haven't had ice cream like this! This homemade specialty tastes great and is safe for all ages. 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.

Alford Ward Assistant Professor James Williams

Exploration of Synthetic Universes in Quantum Materials
New exotic materials offer physicists the ability to emulate things that may (or may not) exist in our universe. In this talk I will summarize recent experimental work at UMD to investigate these synthetic universes and to exploit their properties for future quantum technologies.