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Faraday Holiday Children's Lecture Dec 9,10,11 Rutgers University

18 Nov 2016 6:00 PM | Anonymous

You are all invited...

WHAT: 19th Annual Rutgers Faraday Holiday Children’s Lecture

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 9th, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ; Saturday, Dec. 10th, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ; and Sunday, Dec. 11th, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ; pre-show science demos in the PLH atrium start 1 hour before the start of each show.

WHERE: Physics Lecture Hall, 120 Frelinghuysen Road, Busch Campus, Piscataway    (Note:  see directions under "Events" heading on NJAAPT website).

BACKGROUND: The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University will present its ever-popular, spectacular holiday show – the annual Faraday Holiday Children’s Lecture. Designed to dazzle and capture the imaginations of young and old alike, the demonstrations feature such spectacles as real flowers frozen to the point where they shatter like glass, exploding hydrogen balloons, a person lying on a bed of nails and a fire extinguisher used to rocket a person across the room.

The shows are based on the tradition of famous British physicist Michael Faraday, whose work in the early 1800s laid the foundation for the electric motor and electrical generation. His Children’s Christmas Lectures at London’s Royal Institution, which continue today, were designed to communicate to youngsters the excitement of scientific discovery during a season of joy and celebration.

Rutgers’ version is produced by Mark Croft, a physics professor in the School of Arts and Sciences, and physics support specialist Dave Maiullo. The demonstrations they will present are routinely used in university physics courses not just to inform students but also with an eye toward humor, exciting the imagination and emphasizing the fun in science.

The shows are open to the public and free of charge. Early arrival is advised to ensure seating. Parking is free, no passes required.  Overflow seating will be available in a nearby classroom with a video link to the show. Further information, including images from past performances, driving directions and weather-related rescheduling, can be viewed at:

Further questions?


Dave Maiullo at 848-445-9081 or

More info below  (11/30/2016)

The  19'th Annual Rutgers Faraday Children's Lecture     

(3 identical shows ~1 hr. 30 min. length + 1 hr pre show lobby demos)

Fri. Dec 9, 2016 pre-show demos in lobby from 6 PM, show 7:00-8:30 PM. [Show in evening.]

Sat. Dec 10, 2016 pre-show demos in lobby from 2 PM, show 3:00-4:30 PM. [Show in afternoon.]

Sun. Dec 11, 2016 pre-show demos in lobby from noon, show 1:00-2:30 PM. [Show in afternoon.]

Note 1:
 Overflow seating will be accommodated via an Internet TV link to an adjacent classroom.

               [Subject to University support availability]
We anticipate real time YouTube streaming for Internet access.  [Subject to University support availability]
The live streaming link for this year’s shows will be released at a later date.
However, a previous show is available at the link below:

At the Physics Lecture Hall: 136 Frelinghuysen Road Busch Campus in Piscataway 
For Directions to Physics Lecture Hall see

For updates (including snow/ice storm reschedules) see the Faraday Lecture Web page

2.)  Additional inquiries contact Mark Croft: 

3.) The core lecture will be similar to the past and some of the potential demos (along with supporting pictures etc.) can be found at      
A more extensive under-construction video and explanation collection can be found at

4.) A printable .pdf file announcement for posting can be found at

NJAAPT  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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