Frightful physics, creepy chemistry and baleful biology at University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Oct 24, 2014 11:01 AM |
Halloween scares galore at science event for schoolchildren on 25 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 24 October 2014

Photo opportunity: media are invited to take photos on 25 October from 4.30pm – 5.30pm in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Daring schoolchildren and their families will immerse themselves in the science of spookiness this weekend as the University of Leicester hosts an evening of Halloween-themed educational activities.

The Halloween Physics Spooktacular, in association with the Institute of Physics, on 25 October is dedicated to showcasing how science, and in particular physics, can be fun - with a spooky twist!

Highlights will include the Pumpkin Patch, where favourite seasonal vegetables will ooze, froth, glow - and even 'carve themselves' - and The Dark Place, which will explore the ghostly aspects of light and sound.

There are over half a dozen rooms to explore and experience, all with things to see, to do, and even to eat, while the University’s scientists teach and terrify visitors in equal measure.

Organiser Dr Kate Dutson, from the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, said:  “All Hallow's Eve is a night for tricks and treats, and it's our intention to embrace this with a series of eerie experiments and demonstrations, which will not only teach children and their parents a thing or two about the weird and wonderful world of physics, chemistry, and biology, but also how they can use science to make their Halloween celebrations extra inventive this year!

“With many of our experiments, we want people to try it at home, and with the rest we want to put on a show they won't soon forget!”

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