Impossible Science Festival

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Join the Fleet's Curator of Impossible Science, Jason Latimer, as he hosts the second annual Impossible Science Festival, featuring 20+ hands-on demonstrations of how the impossible can be made possible with science. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Theater Lobby of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

The Impossible Science Festival is a unique, hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and even learn how to walk on water. This event will examine the question "what is possible?" and use visual and interactive experiences to show how the seemingly impossible can become possible through curiosity and knowledge.

The event will be based around five themes: invisibility, levitation, animation, transformation and super powers and each theme incorporates demonstrations that festival attendees will be able to observe or try for themselves.

For invisibility, attendees will be able to use the refractive properties of Pyrex to make objects disappear in corn oil. They can also learn how to manipulate light—a precursor to invisibility—using a laser pen and tonic water, and make the invisible come to life with a homemade laser microscope.

To experience levitation, visitors can investigate how concepts like the Bernoulli principle, static electricity and air pressure can make objects like ping pong balls, tinsel or even screwdrivers appear to levitate!

At the animation stations, festival attendees will use static electricity to make tissue paper dance, surface tension to make objects scoot along a water surface and sound waves to make a toothpick dance across a wine glass. They can also learn how a battery, a magnet and a screw can be designed to make a small motor.

The transformation stations will show attendees how to make a square bubble or a fireproof balloon. And visitors can harness their own super powers when they create energy from pennies or simulate walking on water with liquid Oobleck!

All of the festival fun is included in Fleet admission—along with Science Fiction, Science Future, Taping Shape and all of the Fleet's exhibits plus one IMAX film of your choice!


Event sponsored by Genentech
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By: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

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