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April 15, 2004



Explosions, implosions, startling sights and Alice-in-Wonderland transformations are the fare on offer at a demonstration show by Ball of Physics on Sunday, April 18. The presentation, titled “The Power of Pressure: A Physics Demonstration Show of Phenomenal Force,” will take place in the courtyard of Park Science Building from 3 to 4 p.m. (rain location: Park 25). It is free and open to all, and children are especially welcome.

Ball of Physics is an outreach program developed by Associate Professor of Physics Michael Noel and undergraduate Flora Shepherd '04 to introduce basic concepts in physics to K-12 students in Philadelphia-area schools. The group is developing demonstration shows for K-12 students both on the Bryn Mawr campus and in school auditoriums and gymnasiums; small, hands-on presentations of physics concepts in school classrooms and teacher support via professional development and supplemental material. Summer or Saturday programs at Bryn Mawr for students and teachers are a possibility in the future.

Fresh from a successful performance for an audience of about 400 children at Darby Township Elementary School on Wednesday, the Ball of Physics team is in fine form and ready to amaze and entertain, says Noel.

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