Spiegel’s program includes questions from kids (and parents), interactive experiments and songs about physics. “The real Einstein signs.”
Spiegel’s visit to Towson is part of a free Saturday family program called “A visit by Albert Einstein and Cool Physics Demonstration.”
After Spiegel, Professor Vera Smolyaninova will do levitating experiments, making objects (but we’re pretty sure not audience members) float in the air.
“The message is that science is a lot of fun,” says Don Thomas, former NASA astronaut and the head of Hackerman Academy at Towson, which aims to get kids form elementary to high school interested in math and science.
Thomas says the program is perfect for families and especially good for kids ages 7 to 12. The program should last about 1½ hours, with plenty of time for questions afterward. Arrive early and get juice, coffee and doughnuts.
Oh, and as for Spiegel – er, Einstein - and his socks. The great man didn’t wear socks because “sooner or later your big toe causes a hole and you either have to sew it or buy new ones,” Spiegel explains in a video on his Wed site. The real Einstein famously did not wear socks during a visit to the White House. Don’t expect Spiegel’s Einstein to wear them on Saturday either – no matter how cold it is.
Reprinted with permission from The Washington Post
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