February 23, 2011
Writer: Writer: Lane Stevenson

Soaring rockets and smoke-ring cannons will be the main attractions at a free community event hosted by the Department of Physics at Brigham Young University-Idaho Thursday. Students have invited the entire community to an interactive experience, where they will use ordinary household appliances to demonstrate physics in extraordinary ways.

The student volunteers often enjoy opportunities to create excitement about science by making presentations for elementary schools, middle schools, and Boy Scouts, but they are especially excited to see the audience's reactions at the upcoming demonstration.

"Physics and physics education majors have unique skills and means available for making science fun and interesting for the rising generation," said Karl Decker, a senior studying physics.

Department of Physics Chair Stephen Turcotte said this event is just one example of how physics students are going above and beyond their scholastic obligations. In past demonstrations, they have performed for audiences of more than 100 people. "The students are enthusiastic in the way they teach and have a talent for getting their audiences excited as well," Turcotte said. "They are able to provide meaningful service while gaining valuable teaching experience."

The show will begin at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 24, in Room 172 of the George S. Romney Building. Admission is free.