Physics with a Bang! and Open House

11:00 am–4:00 pm Kersten Physics Teaching Center

5720 S. Ellis Ave

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. See their labs (natural habitats).  Participate in hands-on activities related to their research. 

Saturday, December3rd, 2022
Kersten Physics Teaching Center
5720 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL

Lecture repeated at 11am and 2pm
Lab Tours and Demo Alley from 12pm-4pm 

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.

This event is sponsored by the James Franck Institute, the Department of Physics, and the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center.  

For those needing special assistance, please send an email to or

For pictures and video of past performances, please click herehere, and here.
See archived shows on our YouTube Channel

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Dec 3