Thursday, June 18, 2015

How to Plan a Physics Party

It's June, the academic year is over, it's time to celebrate! For those of you mad about physics or graduating with a physics degree at any level, how about a physics-themed party? We've compiled a few ideas below, but feel free to get creative and let us know your ideas in the comments. The world has far too few physics parties.

Decorations

Credit: Marvin via Flickr
  • Scatter some chalk boards covered in equations around the room (or make your own with black paper and a silver sharpie). Better yet, leave the most famous equations half blank and challenge your guests to complete them. 
  • Red, green, and blue balloons can be quarks of different colors. Balloons are also great for creating static electricity, and demonstrating buoyancy (if some are filled with helium and some with air).
  • Lava lamps to demonstrate buoyancy (or make your own!)
  • Credit: Wicker Paradise via Flickr
  • Black lights give off ultraviolet light and cause phosphor-containing objects to glow. These objects include white t-shirts, teeth, fingernails, and tonic water
  • Glow sticks.
  • Place heavy objects on a trampoline to demonstrate the curvature of space and time.
  • If the party is outside, hang CDs in the trees and let them diffract light from the sun.

Food

Credit: Galaxy Zoo blog

Games

  • Make a tub of non-Newtonian oobleck out of cornstarch and water. It's a solid if you jump on it and a liquid if you stop.
Credit: Tamela Maciel

    Music


    Happy June and Happy Physics!



    --
    By Tamela Maciel, also known as "pendulum"

    Top image credit: Shaun Fisher via Flickr


    2 comments:

    1. For those of you mad about physics or graduating with a physics degree at any level,please aware that make a proper plane with good attraction. Your responsible for do anything new and also try notice the people living in the old age Newton. If you need any writing description consider any thesis writing service provider because they have a wide collection about it.

      ReplyDelete
    2. THANK YOU for compiling these ideas! My son wants a physics party for his 8th birthday and (shockingly!) there aren't many online resources! ;)

      ReplyDelete