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Wonders of Physics: Battling the War on Science Illiteracy *Annual Presentation * AND Resource Links

pwtqodfq_400x400Studies 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.
WOP logo

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)
Phone: 608-262-2927
Email: wonders@physics.wisc.edu
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

Free tickets are be available after the first of the year.
Use the On-Line Ticket Form, call (608) 262-2927 or e-mail.

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.


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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.

Wonders of Physics, Prof. Sprott, UW-Madison - video streaming

You can stream the videos directly to your computer for free by clicking on the links on http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/wop.htm

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.


Resource Links

Just For Kids — Here are some Experiments you can try at home.

Motion Build your own Roller CoasterSpin like an Ice SkaterReaction TimeRandom Walk
Heat Home MeteorologyVortex in a BottleSmoke RingsCollapse a Can
Sound The Doppler EffectBuild a String Telephone
Light Make a Pinhole CameraScience of BubblesMeasure the Speed of Light
Electricity Plasma Ball ExperimentsStatic Electricity
Magnetism Build an ElectromagnetFusion 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 Departmenpwtqodfq_400x400t
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

You can also access more information on their Facebook page or subsc
ribe to their 
YouTube page. 

The Wonders of Physics program is made possible by grants from the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences of the United States Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

 

Wonders of Physics: Battling the War on Science Illiteracy

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 annual Wonders of Physics program. WOP logo

Wonders of Physics covers 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.

Physics can be fun…

The Wonders of Physics presentations are held each February in Madison, Wisconsin.  DIRECTIONS

Free tickets are be available after the first of the year.

Better hurry — shows fill up fast and tickets are gone right away!


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.


Physics_020_cropped
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.

UW-Madison Physics department is also hosting their annual Physics Fair on February 20th from 11 am to 4 pm. It’s free! No ticket required!

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.

Wonders of Physics, Prof. Sprott, UW-Madison - video streaming

You can stream the videos directly to your computer for free by clicking on the links on http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/wop.htm

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.


Resource Links

Just For Kids — Here are some Experiments you can try at home.

Motion Build your own Roller CoasterSpin like an Ice SkaterReaction TimeRandom Walk
Heat Home MeteorologyVortex in a BottleSmoke RingsCollapse a Can
Sound The Doppler EffectBuild a String Telephone
Light Make a Pinhole CameraScience of BubblesMeasure the Speed of Light
Electricity Plasma Ball ExperimentsStatic Electricity
Magnetism Build an ElectromagnetFusion 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 Departmenpwtqodfq_400x400t
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

You can also access more information on their Facebook page or subsc
ribe to their 
YouTube page. 

The Wonders of Physics program is made possible by grants from the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences of the United States Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

 

 

Wonders of Physics: Battling the War on Science Illiteracy

Plasma Globe Wonders of Physics Instagram

32nd Annual Wonders of Physics

The Wonders of Physics presentation dates for 2015 have just been announced: Saturday, February 7, 2015 1, 4, and 7 pm Sunday, February 8, 2015   1 and 4 pm Saturday. February 14, 2015 1, 4, and 7 pm Sunday, February 15, 2015 1 and 4 pm

Free tickets are now available for all shows and can be obtained by:
Web:   http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/tickets.htm (preferred)
Phone: 608-262-2927  Email: wonders@physics.wisc.edu

Scoop these up while you can! The shows usually fill up right away!!

UPDATE  JAN. 23,  2015:  All the tickets for The Wonders of Physics 2015 have been issued. There are usually some empty seats if you would like to come and take a chance. They will have a monitor where you can view the show on video. Otherwise, you can leave your name and email address, and they will notify you when tickets are available for next year’s shows. You might also check back a few days before the show since some tickets are usually returned.

Physics Fair 2015

The Physics Fair is free and open to the public. Click the image for details.

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 annual Wonders of Physics program. WOP logo Wonders of Physics covers motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light in a fast paced, entertaining  show  suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds. *Scroll down for a ton of resource links, experiments to try, and videos with Prof. Sprott. The theme of the program changes from year to year. If you’ve attended the show, you can give them feedback so that they can continually improve the shows every year. More resources courtesy of the Wonders of Physics program are listed below. Check them out!

Wonders of Physics, Prof. Clint Sprott

Professor Clint Sprott

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 Wonders of Physics presentations are held each February in 2103 Chamberlin Hall, 1150 University Avenue, Madison, WI.  DIRECTIONS   Free tickets are available (beginning January 1st) using the On-Line Ticket Form. Be sure to specify the show you prefer and the number of tickets.  Electronic tickets will be used — you may print your own tickets or pick them up at the show. wonders of physics Univ Wisc MadisonCheck out the video from the 2013 Show.

To check on availability and order your free tickets, click here.

You can also catch the free Physics Fair held in same building on Feb. 14th, which features hands-on demonstrations, activities for kids and families, laboratory tours, and a chance to talk with real-live scientists.  There are exhibits representing the research groups of the Physics Dept. as well as displays on physics topics.  Additionally, the Ingersoll Physics Museum will be open. The Wonders of Physics team also has developed a traveling showpresented by physics graduate students and staff over a thousand times to audiences of all ages throughout Wisconsin and the nation.  They also have available educational materials including videos, software, a demo book, and a lecture kit.

Wonders of Physics, Prof. Sprott, UW-Madison - video streaming

You can stream the videos directly to your computer for free by clicking on the links on http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/wop.htm

Shows fill up fast, order your free tickets click 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.   Videos are available for purchase or free online streaming here.

Prof. Sprott currently has 30 shows available for viewing on YouTube here.

WANT SOME EXPERIMENTS TO DO AT HOME?

Just For Kids — Here are some Experiments you can try at home 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.  You can even do at home! 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 The Wonders of Physics program inspires interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds. Videos are available for free online streaming here. For more information, performance schedule, and tickets visit: Wonders of Physics Home Page. You can also access more information on their Facebook page or subscribe to their YouTube page. The Wonders of Physics program is made possible by grants from the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences of the United States Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

Department of Energy logoNational Science Foundation logo

 Originally posted 2012.

 

Home Education Book Sales, Fairs, and Conferences

SPRING 2013 -> Click HERE !
Spring – the time of year for Homeschool Conferences and Book Fairs!

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Home Education Book Sales, Fairs, and Conferences – Click the image to go to the updated page

Each spring many local and statewide groups sponsor a book sale where parents can sell their old curriculum and get great deals on the next year’s curriculum. Some sales are part of larger conventions or fairs. Every event is different.

SPRING 2013 -> Click HERE !

Here’s what we’ve sifted through for you so far.  We’ll update with more if the information becomes available…

SPRING 2013 -> Click HERE !

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Annual Chippewa Valley Book Sale and Kid Craft Fair

Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church 123 West Hamilton Ave. , Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701•

March 24, 2012, 9 AM to 12 PM

Chippewa Valley Book Sale Flyer
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HOME SCHOOL USED BOOK AND CURRICULUM SALE!
Where? ~ Bayside Baptist Church in Superior
When? ~ Monday, April 2nd, 6-8 pm

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Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library
Spring Book Sale
April 11-14, 2012

The largest used book sale in Wisconsin will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Memorial Library in room 116. The sale includes more than 15,000 books covering a wide range of subjects.

The sale is free (except the preview sale) and open to the public.

The semiannual sale, organized by the Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library, helps to support the Friends and the Libraries. Among other things, the sales help fund an annual lecture series and other special events, special purchases for the library collections, preservation of special materials, and grants for a visiting scholar support program.

Nearly 60 volunteers coordinate the event that draws students, faculty and visitors from around the Midwest. Books for the sale are donated primarily by University of Wisconsin faculty, staff, students, and Madison-area residents. Donations for upcoming sales are accepted on a continual basis. For details on how to give materials to the book sale, read the section on donations.

Preview Sale ($5 entry)Wednesday, April 11, 5 p.m.–9 p.m.

Regular Sale (No entry fee)
Thursday, April 12, 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday, April 13, 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

$3-a-Bag Sale (Bring Your Own Bag)
Saturday, April 14, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
(1:05–2 p.m.: remaining books are free)

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April 19 -21 / Duke Energy Convention Center / Cincinnati, Ohio

REGISTER TODAY! 

March Registration Pricing extended through Thursday, April 5th

HUNDREDS OF INFORMATION-PACKED WORKSHOPS!
(Only days away!)

(PLEASE NOTE: GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE Keynote Address on Thursday is being moved to 6:30 PM from 5PM. Thank-you!)

TOPICS and DESCRIPTIONS here.

Convention Schedule here.

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Bekkum Memorial Library
Westby, Wisconsin

Library Friends Spring Book Sale!

Saturday April 21st, 9am to 3pm

Westby Community Room below the Library
Be Green! Re-use Books, VHS, Audiotapes, and more! 

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Used book and curriculum sale – Duluth, Minnesota

The Northland CORE used book and curriculum sale is in the process of being organized to be held at Hermantown Community Chruch on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A 4×4 table will be $10; 8-foot tables are $15. This money goes to the church for the use of their space. Coffee and treats will be available. It should be a fun day! More details to come. Info here.

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Reedsburg Library Book Sale

Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2012

Reedsburg Library will be holding a fundraising sale of
thousands of adult and children fiction and nonfiction books in hardcover and paperback.
Funds raised will benefit the library.
Book donations accepted at the library.

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A Beka Book Preview
May 3, 2012   10am-2pm
Stoney Creek
3060 S. Kinney Coulee Rd., Onalaska
Preview products before purchase
Free shipping on all orders placed at this event, in addition to other discounts.
Contact: Terry Bernstrom
800-613-3222 ext 82
tbernstrom@abeka.com

Tri State Homeschool Used Book Sale
Friday May 4th
Platteville Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Parents Association
29th Annual
Home Education Conference, Curriculum Fair and Used Book Sale
May 4 & 5, 2012
All the information here

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This one is gonna be HUGE
with Door Prizes, 40 sellers,
and free information on much, much more. 

Homeschool Book Sale 2012

Friday, May 11th, 4-8pm
Westby Community Center
206 North Main Street, Westby WI

Open to all who wish to buy or sell
New Location!  More Sellers!

To register for a homeschool seller’s table please send an email with the words Booksale 2012 and YOUR NAME in the subject line to request a table and further instructions will be sent. 

Early Registration $3 table fee by March 30 April 4th
Late Registration $7 table fee by April 15 April 20th
No Refunds
Each Seller is responsible for setting up his/her own table, selling items – and breaking down the table and clean up after the sale.
Seller’s Privilege Sale from 3pm to 4pm.

Curriculum and Resource Vendors pricing and availability on request.

Homeschool Book Sale 2012 Flyer

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2012 Illinois Homeschool Convention

Chicago Homeschool Expo
New Date and Location!
May 9-11, 2012

Tinley Park Convention Center
Discounted Online Registration Ends 4/27! Click here to register
Click here for information

There are a lot of exciting speakers coming to the Expo (Dinah Zike, Kirk Martin, Todd Wilson, Dr. Feddes, The Klein Family, and more). Also note the Expo is on Thursday and Friday this year and Homeschooling for Excellence 101 is on Wednesday (May 9) before the Expo opens.

In case you haven’t taken advantage of any of the Homeschool Expo’s offers or registered yet… See below for a SPECIAL $5 off coupon code (used online only) … Hurry and register because the deadline for online registration ends April 27th!

Join homeschoolers from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kentucky, and Michigan

2012 Chicago Illinois Homeschool Expo

Hear what’s new in homeschooling! Attend informative and inspiring educational workshops, get new ideas, purchase learning materials and curriculum. Make connections with other homeschool families at a convenient, relaxed time of the year. Remember, homeschoolers who attend conventions are better connected and have more success in homeschooling.

Your $5 off coupon code for the Individual or Husband & Wife online registration is: fiveoff.  Register to attend!

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Waukesha County Christian Home Educators Book Sale

Saturday May 12th 9am-12pm

Oakwood Church
3041 Oakwood Road
Hartland, WI

All are welcome to shop WCCHE’s annual used book sale.

Click here for more information.
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BJU Press Homeschool Solutions Event

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
10 am – 6 pm
The Courtyard, 500 Front St., La Crosse 608-782-1000

Preview products – View textbooks and Teacher’s Editions – Check out the Distance Learning and Online Options

For more information, contact Shannon Harrison at shannon.homeworks@yahoo.com

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Kenosha Homeschool
HUGE USED BOOK & TEACHER RESOURCE SALE

Friday, May 18th

General Public 10:00 – 2:00

Kenosha Bible Church, 5405 67th Street, Kenosha, WI

Information here.

The book sale is open to everyone, both for selling and buying.

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Wisconsin Christian Home Educators Association
2012 Annual Spring Conference (Curriculum Fair and Used Book Sale)
May 24-26, 2012
Olympia Resort & Conference Center
Oconomowoc, WI

Download WI-CHEA Spring Conference Full Brochure – 16 pages

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June 15th, 2012
FISH/TEACH Used Curriculum Sale,
9 am to noon
Calvary Bible Fellowship, 2841 Index Road, Madison
Open to the public

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Driftless Homeschool Books Etc
The Online Homeschool Book Sale

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Email swischomeschools@gmail to be added to this list!

“Like” SW Wisconsin Community of Homeschools on facebook

Check the Southwest Wisconsin Calendar!

Wonders of Physics, UW-Madison

Wonders of Physics

Annual presentations of The Wonders of Physics in Feb. – presented free to the general public at UW-Madison.

Wonders of Physics Battles the War of Science Illiteracy

What is Physics?

Physics is the science that studies how the natural world works.
Motion, Heat, Sound, Electricity, Magnetism, and Light are the main areas of classical physics study.

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 annual presentations of their program called “The Wonders of Physics.”

*Scroll down for a ton of resource links, experiments to try, and videos with Prof. Sprott.

Wonders of Physics is a fast-paced presentation of physics demonstrations chosen to be entertaining as well as educational in order to generate interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds.

The theme of the program changes from year to year.  If you’ve attended the show, you can give them feedback so that they can continually improve the shows every year.
Wonders of Physics, UW-Madison

The 30th Annual Wonder of Physics Extravaganza was a great success.
Watch the program and check out the story in the Wisconsin State Journal!

(More resources courtesy of the Wonders of Physics program are listed below. Check them out!)

Wonders of Physics, Prof. Clint Sprott

Professor Clint Sprott

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 Wonders of Physics presentations – held annually in February – are held in 2103 Chamberlin Hall, 1150 University Avenue, Madison, WI.  DIRECTIONS

Free tickets are available (beginning January 1st) using the On-Line Ticket Form.  Alternately, you may call
(608) 262-2927 or e-mail
wonders@physics.wisc.edu.
Be sure to specify the show you prefer and the number of tickets.  Electronic tickets will be used — you may print your own tickets or pick them up at the show.

wonders of physics Univ Wisc MadisonCheck out the video from the 2013 Show.

To check on availability and order your free tickets, click here.

In addition, a traveling show has been developed and presented by physics graduate students and staff over a thousand times to audiences of all ages throughout Wisconsin and the nation.  A variety of educational tools and materials have been developed including videos, software, a demo book, and a lecture kit.

Wonders of Physics, Prof. Sprott, UW-Madison - video streaming

You can stream the videos directly to your computer for free by clicking on the links on http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/wop.htm

Annual Physics Fair 

During the run of the Wonders of Physics program  is a free Physics Fair held in same building.  Check here for the date and time.  The Physics Fair features hands-on demonstrations, activities for kids and families, laboratory tours, and a chance to talk with real-live scientists.  There are exhibits representing the research groups of the Physics Dept. as well as displays on physics topics.  Additionally, the Ingersoll Physics Museum will be open.

The Wonders of Physics presentations – held annually in February – are held in 2103 Chamberlin Hall, 1150 University Avenue, Madison, WI.  DIRECTIONS
 

Shows fill up fast, order your free tickets click 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.

 

Videos are available for purchase or free online streaming here.

Prof. Sprott currently has 30 shows available for viewing on YouTube here.


WANT SOME EXPERIMENTS TO DO AT HOME?

Just For Kids — Here are some Experiments you can try at home

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.  You can even do at home!

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

The Wonders of Physics program inspires interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds. Videos are available for free online streaming here.

For more information, performance schedule, and tickets visit: Wonders of Physics Home Page.

You can also access more information on their Facebook page or subscribe to their YouTube page.

The Wonders of Physics program is made possible by grants from the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences of the United States Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

Department of Energy logo                   National Science Foundation logoUpdated. Originally posted 2012.