Impossible Science Festival
Jason Latimer, our Curator of Impossible Science, hosts the Festival.
It's not impossible to make square bubbles.
Water suspension: A mesh screen holds water in the jar, even when toothpicks are pushed through it.
Laser microscope: See the “invisible” with a homemade laser microscope. Using a green pen laser and a droplet of pond water, we can project the contents of the droplet.
The Waiter's Tray Rope Spin: Our "waiter" can spin a tray filled with cups of water overhead, without spilling a drop!
It's not impossible to take a sip from this edible water bottle.
Join the Fleet's Curator of Impossible Science, Jason Latimer, as he hosts our second annual Impossible Science Festival, taking place at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center!
- Learn how to make objects invisible.
- Experience what it's like to walk on water!
- Explore levitation.
- All of the festival fun is included in Fleet admission (along with Science Fiction, Science Future; Taping Shape; and all of the Fleet's exhibits, plus the IMAX film of your choice).
- Watch the video below to see what the Impossible Science Festival is all about!
The Impossible Science Festival is a unique, hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and even learn how to walk on water. This event will examine the question "what is possible?" and use visual and interactive experiences to show how the seemingly impossible can become possible through curiosity and knowledge.
"The goal of the Impossible Science Festival is to promote education through curiosity," said Jason Latimer, host and designer of the Impossible Science Festival. "By exploring subjects that seem impossible but showing how they can be made possible through science, visitors will have a memorable, hands-on learning experience that will blow their minds!"
The event will be based around five themes: invisibility, levitation, animation, transformation and super powers, and each theme incorporates demonstrations that festival attendees will be able to observe or try for themselves. For invisibility, attendees will be able to use the refractive properties of Pyrex to make objects disappear in corn oil. They can also learn how to manipulate light—a precursor to invisibility—using a laser pen and tonic water, or make the invisible come to life with a homemade laser microscope.
For levitation, visitors can experience how concepts like the Bernoulli principle, static electricity and air pressure can make objects like ping pong balls, and tinsel appear to levitate!
The animation stations will use static electricity to make tissue paper dance, surface tension to make objects scoot along a water surface and sound waves to make a toothpick dance across a wine glass—plus you can learn how a battery, a magnet and a screw can be designed to make a small motor.
The transformation stations will show attendees how to make a square bubble or a fireproof balloon. And visitors can harness their own super powers when they create energy from pennies or walk on liquid Oobleck.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the theater lobby of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. In all there will be more than 20 interactive demonstration stations for visitors to experience.
Impossible Science Festival admission
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 & 21, only!
All Impossible Science Festival activities, Science Fiction, Science Future; Taping Shape; Nano; Kid City; and many more exhibits, plus 1-IMAX Film.
Admission to the Fleet and the Impossible Science Festival is FREE for Fleet members, Explorer members and all children 2 and younger.