Studies have shown time and time again a general lack of interest in science and an overall decline in science literacy in the United States. Since 1984, the University of Wisconsin – Madison has been active in combating this problem of science illiteracy with their Wonders of Physics program.
The Wonders of Physics is a non-profit public outreach group operation out of the University of Wisconsin – Madison Physics Department. They present fun physics shows for schools, organizations, and community groups, covering the basics of motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light in a fast paced, entertaining show suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds.
The show has been presented by Professor Clint Sprott, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Wisconsin, on the Madison campus over 200 times to a total audience of about 70,000.
The 34th annual presentation of The Wonders of Physics will be held in 2103 Chamberlin Hall (1150 University Avenue) at the following dates and times:
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Free tickets are now available for all shows and can be obtained by:
Web: http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/tickets.htm (preferred)
Be sure to specify the show you prefer and the number of tickets.
Better hurry — shows fill up fast and tickets are gone right away!
Physics can be fun…
The Wonders of Physics presentations are held each February in Madison, Wisconsin. DIRECTIONS
UW-Madison Physics department is also hosting their 10th annual Physics Fair on Saturday, February 18th from 11 am to 4 pm. It’s free! No ticket required!
The Physics Fair will feature hands-on activities, demonstrations, and lab tours.
Nurture your inner Einstein!
Scroll down for a ton of resource links, experiments to try, and videos with Prof. Sprott!!
PROF. SPROTT CURRENTLY HAS 30 SHOWS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING ON YOUTUBE HERE.
To check on availability and order your free WOP tickets, click here.
The theme of the program changes from year to year – so even if you’ve been there before, you’ll still find something amazing!
The Wonders of Physics program inspires interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds.
Shows fill up fast, order your free tickets now!
If you have attended the show, you can give them feedback so that they can continually improve the shows.
More resources courtesy of the Wonders of Physics program are listed below. Check them out!
Videos are available for purchase or free online streaming here.
Here’s Professor Sprott in action at the 2011 Cairo Science Festival as he talks about sound waves and explains how electricity works by using a Tesla coil to generate very high voltage to create electromagnetic waves in the air.
Just For Kids — Here are some Experiments you can try at home.
Motion Build your own Roller Coaster, Spin like an Ice Skater, Reaction Time, Random Walk
Heat Home Meteorology, Vortex in a Bottle, Smoke Rings, Collapse a Can
Sound The Doppler Effect, Build a String Telephone
Light Make a Pinhole Camera, Science of Bubbles, Measure the Speed of Light
Electricity Plasma Ball Experiments, Static Electricity
Magnetism Build an Electromagnet, Fusion Cookies
Experiments You Can Do At Home from Professor Clint Sprott and the Wonders of Physics
Download a PDF with many different experiments that you can do at home exploring motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism and light. You may have heard of Newton’s Cradle, but have you ever heard of Newton’s Beads?
Check out this video of Mike uncovering the science behind this demo.
More Science Links and Physics Resources from the Wonders of Physics Program:
Home Experiments (pdf)
Download printable version UW Space Place: Education and public outreach center of the UW-Madison Astronomy Department
Science is Fun: Educational website for Chemistry from the mind of UW-Madison Chemistry professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri
Geology Museum: Explore the Geology Museum and take a peek into Wisconsin’s deep history
Institute for Biology Education: Raising the next generation of Biology Scientists
Science Alliance: UW-Madison Science Outreach on Campus
Synchrotron Radiation Center: UW-Madison SRC aiding researchers in their discoveries
Science Friday (SciFri): Weekly science radio show hosted by NPR, Fridays 1-3pm
Wonders of Physics Demonstrations – more information on the physics behind the show
Teacher’s Guide (pdf)- printable information on the physics behind the show
Physics Demonstrations book by Clint Sprott
Database of Physics Demonstrations – from the UW Physics Department
Books of Science Experiments – from the University of Maryland Physics Department
How Stuff Works
Science Links for other UW Science Outreach Programs
Videos are available for free online streaming here.
For more information, performance schedule, and tickets visit: Wonders of Physics Home Page.