Jefferson Lab Adds Physics Fest Events to Virginia Science Festival Calendar


October 8 & 20

NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – In conjunction with the Virginia Science Festival, Jefferson Lab is holding two Physics Fest events – one on October 8 and another on October 20. These events will also kick off the Jefferson Lab Physics Fest calendar for the 2015-16 academic year: 26 such events that will take place between October 2015 and May 2016.

A Physics Fest is a two-hour presentation (10 a.m. - noon) that includes an interactive summary of the research conducted at Jefferson Lab followed by the popular Deep Freeze (cryogenics) and Hot Stuff (plasmas) demonstrations, which showcase some of the technology used to conduct experiments at Jefferson Lab.

Individual youngsters and groups of students must be accompanied for the duration of the event by parents or authorized adult chaperones. The events are free and take place in the CEBAF Center auditorium located at 12000 Jefferson Ave. Newport News, Va. 23606. Seating is limited; and reservations are required.

To submit an individual or group reservation request, visit the Physics Fest webpage at: Check the seat availability for the date you are interested in. Scroll over the date you would like to submit reservations for. When the date is highlighted, click your mouse to open the reservation system for that date. Fill out the reservation request and click on the green Send button. You must receive confirmation of the reservation before it is valid.

Parents, teachers and youths planning to attend a Physics Fest may download the Physics Fest Classroom Activity Pack from the lab’s Science Education website. This file contains general information about Jefferson Lab, the anatomy of atoms, a vocabulary list with related games and puzzles, and data sheets and activities that may be used before, during and after attending a Physics Fest. The Activity Pack is about 2.1 MB in size, and can be downloaded with Adobe Reader software. The materials are written at the 6th-grade reading level.

Contact Telesha Brown, Jefferson Lab Science Education, via email at, or phone 757-269-7567 for more information about the events.

For security purposes, everyone over 16 is asked to carry a photo I.D. Security guards may inspect vehicles, bookbags, parcels, etc. Directions to Jefferson Lab are available from the Physics Fest webpage and on the lab’s virtual Visitor Center at:

This year’s Virginia Science Festival will run from Sept. 26-Oct. 30, and include events across the Commonwealth. The stated goal of the festival is “to provide families with hands-on experiences, live performances, interactive demonstrations and techno entertainment that will inspire a wonder in science for all ages.”


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