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Mark your calendars!

Our 2010 Open House is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Every February, the Magnet Lab invites the public to spend the day at its world-class research laboratory. Our 2009 Open House attracted a record 5,573 visitors. Our 2010 Open House is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This free event features something for young and old alike: hands-on demonstrations, self-guided tours, activities from our Community Classroom Consortium partners, food and the chance to meet and chat with our scientists and other Mag Lab staff. It’s also a chance to do good for the community: The canned goods we collect as the unofficial price of admission go to America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend.

Open House offers an up-close look at our record-breaking 45-tesla hybrid magnet, our 900-megahertz superconducting magnet and other powerful research instruments. A special Kids Zone features science fun designed especially for young children.

Here are just a few of the demonstrations you can see at our next Open House:

  • Gooey liquid oxygen that defies gravity, %u201Cdripping up%u201D to meet a magnet.
  • A Van de Graaff generator that will give you a dose of static electricity – and a really rad hair day.
  • Magnets that fall in super slow motion, thanks to eddy currents.
  • A maglev train that moves without touching the tracks, thanks to superconductivity.
  • A cannon that demonstrates the power of pressure … by firing potatoes.
  • Super-magnified images of everyday objects as you’ve never seen them.
  • A chance to see what comets are made of – by cooking them up!
  • The wildly popular Shrinking Quarter machine, which uses a single shot pulse magnet to shrink a quarter to about the size of a dime.

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