Futuro Remoto, the biggest science festival in Naples took place in Piazza del Plebiscito from October the 16th to the 19th 2015. The event, organized by Città della Scienza, was centered on the topic of “frontiers”.
More than 100 students of the Naples Physics Department, tens of researchers and professors several institutions, for a total of 140 volunteers, for 4 days in the city main square, all involved in Fisici Senza Frontiere.
Spreading science culture and scientific knowledge with simple and curious experiments is the aim of Fisici Senza Frontiere, with the help of everyday materials in order to explain the physical principles beneath them. The event was designed both for adults and children with an interest in science. These experiments are reproducible at home and, most of all, fully interactive. Indeed both adults and children were engaged in discussions and attempts to understand the presented phenomena.
The interactive path was organized in 8 stands with several physics experiments each, focused on these topics:
- sports physics
- particles physics
Generation of plasmas through Microwave oven using simply a candle and a beaker on top of it: the intense electromagnetic field causes a ionization of the air subject to combustion which give rise to a blob of plasma. Measurement of the speed of light using a Microwave oven and a chocolate bar: without rotating the chocolate bar, the intense electromagnetic field melt the chocolate where the field is more intense; measuring the distance between this points and using the standard frequency of the microwave, one can give a rough estimate of the speed of light. Waveguide using a green laser and water: water flowing from a bottlecan be used as a waveguide for laser light; if water is twisted using acoustic wave, the effect is even more astonishing.
We thank all the institutions that provided us the help to run these experiments:
And here are some photos of the event!