Foothill hosts annual Physics Show

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Foothill College physics instructor Frank Cascarano conducts a demonstration at a past Physics Show.

Foothill College has scheduled its annual 90-minute Physics Show this weekend.

Shows designed to introduce children ages 5 and older and their parents to science concepts and demonstrations are slated 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Smithwick Theatre (Room 1001) at the college, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The Physics Show spotlights scientific concepts such as light, sound, resonance and pressure. From breaking glass with sound to a professor emerging unharmed after reclining on a bed of nails while being hit with a sledgehammer, each demonstration links physics explanations to everyday experiences.

“Physics is fun – that’s the most important lesson we want audiences of all ages to take away from the Physics Show,” said Foothill College physics instructor Frank Cascarano, M.S., the show’s creator. “Physics is all around us, so we want youngsters and adults to think about physics when they’re playing on a swing at recess, navigating a drone, shooting hoops after school, answering a cellphone, cooking dinner and many other daily activities.”

Now in its 10th year, Cascarano estimates that more than 70,000 Bay Area residents have attended the Physics Show. Faculty and staff from the Foothill College Physics Department sponsor the event. Proceeds fund scholarships for Foothill students, science education outreach activities at local elementary and middle schools, and future Physics Show performances.

Tickets – $5 per person – are sold online only. Tickets include free parking in Lot 1 only – attendees must purchase a parking permit for $3 to park in any other lot. Lot 1 provides the best access to Smithwick Theatre. Patrons with a disabled parking placard may also park in lots 2-A, 4-A and 5 for no-stair access to the theater.

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