U of M outreach program brings physics fun to the public Saturday, Jan. 13

Bigger and better than ever, the Physics Force show expects to entertain more than 20,000 students during the week. 

Media Note: Members of the media may attend daytime school group shows at Northrop to get photos and/or video. School group shows are 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, Wednesday, Jan. 10, and Friday, Jan. 12; and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, and Thursday, Jan. 11. Please contact Kalie Pluchel at pluch002@umn.edu to make arrangements on media credentials. 

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (01/05/2024) — The University of Minnesota Physics Force show is back for 2024, bigger and better than ever before. This show will have the whole family entertained with science stunts that you can only believe if you see them with your own eyes. 

In addition to shows throughout the week for more than 20,000 elementary school children, the Physics Force will perform public shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop, 84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis. General admission tickets are $5, and can be purchased on the Northrop website

Expect big demonstrations in this theater-style production. The show is a unique mix of physics demonstrations and slapstick humor suitable for adults and children of all ages. This year's shows are better than ever, with live fire, lightning, a crushing barrel, and more!

The Physics Force is a successful and entertaining outreach group of the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering made up of high school teachers and University of Minnesota professors. Through spectacular demonstrations, the Physics Force shows that physics is fun, interesting and understandable.

Over more than 30 years of shows, the group has performed at Disney’s Epcot Center, on Newton’s Apple, and and locally at various venues, including the Minnesota State Fair.

The Physics Force is supported by the School of Physics and Astronomy, the College of Science and Engineering, the University of Minnesota's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), and 3M.

For more information and a video preview of the demonstrations, visit the Physics Force website.