Laserfest offers fun with physics

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Science enthusiasts of all ages are invited to Laserfest, an interactive open house hosted by the Augustana Physics Club, in celebration of the laser’s 50th anniversary. The open house runs from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, on the first floor of Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th St.). The event is free.

“The activities are aimed at the older grade-school level, but anyone of any age will find them interesting,” said Dr. Cecilia Vogel, Augustana physics professor and the advisor for the physics club.   

Laserfest will feature more than eight demonstrations involving lasers and light, and five of these will include hands-on activities. Participants will direct a laser light through an obstacle course using mirrors. In another activity, they will see how microwaves are wavy just like waves on a string by heating marshmallows...and then eating them.

Augustana science students will lead the activities. They look forward to getting participants involved as much as possible.  When it comes to sparking young people’s interest in physics, Dr. Vogel believes it is important that “kids can do it themselves.” Laserfest and other hands-on science experiences are not only fun, but also key to developing students’ understanding and appreciation of science, she says. 

For more information, contact Kamy Beattie at or (309) 794-7721.