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Every year again: Physical Experiments in Advent

No. 69 - 01.11.2019

24 entertaining physics experiments will again be offered this year under the motto "24 more experiments until Christmas"


"PiA – Physik im Advent" is an Advent calendar of a special kind: a physical Advent calendar. Behind every little door there is some education and fun. From 1st to 24th December 2019, small physical experiments that can be carried out with standard household materials will be presented every day as videos by Mr. Santa or Ms. Santa. Participants do the experiments and answer a question on the PiA website. On the following day, there will be a solution video and, if the answer is correct, a point.


At Christmas, all participants will receive individual certificates. Among the best participants, prizes will be raffled off in the categories of individual, school class or school, for which numerous donors have donated in cash or kind. In addition to iPods, books, and experimental kits, there will also be a trip to Dallas to watch NBA basketball games with Dirk Nowitzki. Anyone who registers at can participate. Registration is free and opens on 1st November. Posters and flyers can be requested free of charge via the contact form on the PiA website.


„PiA – Physik im Advent" is aimed at children and young people aged between 11 and 18 years and will take place for the seventh time in 2019. Last year, a new record was set with 40,000 registered participants, 49 percent of whom were girls, and 1.7 million visitors overall. All parents, teachers, students or adults interested in physical phenomena are invited to participate. "PiA – Physics in Advent" is intended to awaken in all people the joy of experimenting on one's own and offer entertainment and learning at the same time. The calendar is available in German and English. The project is supported by numerous people from science, television or politics. Patron is the biophysicist and Nobel Prize winner Professor Erwin Neher. This year, for the first time, we also offer PiA news via the messenger Telegram via the channel „PhysicsInAdvent“.


"PiA – Physik im Advent" is offered in cooperation with the University of Göttingen, the Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung, the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the Österreichische Physikalische Gesellschaft (ÖPG), the Schweizer Physikalische Gesellschaft (SPS), the Netherlands' Physical Society, the European Physical Society (EPS), IUCAA (India), „Global Sphere Network“, „Science on Stage“, „Komm, mach MINT“ as well as „MINT Zukunft schaffen“. It takes place in cooperation with the successful project "Mathe im Advent" of the German Mathematical Society (DMV).


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Prof. Dr. Arnulf Quadt

Georg-August-University of Göttingen

II Physics Institute

Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1

37077 Goettingen, Germany