By Cristi McKee | Photo: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This year’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Open House has been scheduled for February 22, 2020, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The theme of this year’s event is science fun across space and time, and the day will be filled with celebrations of past science accomplishments in electricity and magnetism. The open house is “a can’t-miss opportunity to show children how fun science can be,” the MagLab says, and they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary of open houses.
Located at 1800 E. Paul Dirac Drive, admission is free, but 1-2 canned goods donations are encouraged to benefit America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend. Open to all, the event is expected to draw in thousands of kids and adults alike as it does every February. This year’s special experiences include a laminar flow demonstration, timed radar races, crystals as timekeepers, ancient geological samples, and some special Dr. Who-inspired demos. There will also be a “travel through time” scavenger hunt and a time vault for the kids.
The event is not only limited to the MagLab; a number of FSU-affiliated institutions will also be hosting open houses, including the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, the Center for Advanced Power Systems, the High Performance Materials Institute, Florida Center for Reading Research, and the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion.
There will also be food options on site, including Street Chefs, Dan’s Burgers & Hot Dogs, FiredUpPizza, Rankin Tacos, Lucy & Leo’s, Lasang Korea, Kona Ice, and El Crillo Grill. This year’s Open House is sponsored by Prime Meridian Bank, Duke Energy, Quantum Design, Valic, and the Office of Economic Vitality.
The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is home to the world’s largest and highest powered magnet and is funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Florida. The only facility of its kind in America, the lab hosts more than 1,000 scientists a year from around the globe to come to use their unique magnets for free.