Physics with a Bang! Holiday Lecture and Open House

December 3, 2016

Students, families, teachers and especially the curious are invited to attend our annual Holiday Lecture and Open House. See fast, loud, surprising and beautiful physics demos performed by Profs. Heinrich Jaeger and Sidney Nagel. Talk to scientists about their latest discoveries. Participate in hands-on activities related to their research. 

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Kersten Physics Teaching Center
5720 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL

Lecture repeated at 11am and 2pm
Open House and Demo Alley from 12pm-4pm 
Lab Tours in the afternoon 

See archived shows on our YouTube Channel.

Doors for the Lectures open 30 minutes before each show.  Admission to this event is free.  Please note: there will be no online registrations, and will be a first to arrive, first ticketed event.  We do not guarantee availibility of seating, but shows will also be streamed live to alternate venues.

This event is sponsored by the James Franck Institute, the Department of Physics, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories, and the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center.  The organizer of the Open House is Jonathan Simon.  

For those needing special assistance, please send an email to

For pictures and video of past performances, please click here, here, and here.