Steven Rehse (right) shows off the fire tornado to Chitra Rangan and Florida Doci.Physics professor Steven Rehse (right) shows off the fire tornado to professor Chitra Rangan and student Florida Doci.

Fire tornado to heat up Science Rendezvous Saturday

A popular demonstration will return to Science Rendezvous Windsor after a hiatus of a few years.

The fire tornado will appear during the Phunky Physics Show at 1 p.m., right in the middle of the day’s activities, which run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Education Gym. Science Rendezvous is a national effort to promote science education, featuring hands-on exhibits and demonstrations.

The fire tornado, which illustrates the principle of conservation of angular momentum, was constructed by University of Windsor undergraduate physics majors alongside the department’s machine shop in 2011. It garnered national attention the next year, when the Discovery Channel program Daily Planet aired a demonstration.

Saturday’s agenda also includes a Chemistry Magic Show and opportunities to experience the fields of astronomy, robotics, forensics, genetics, and more. Find additional information on the Science Rendezvous Windsor website.

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