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The Science of the "Polar Express" Dec. 5

December 1, 2006

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MACOMB, IL - - Children of all ages are invited on a magical journey to a awesome world of extremes during the Western Illinois University physics and chemistry science demonstration show Tuesday, Dec. 5 in Currens Hall 205.

An awards ceremony for area students who have participated in a puzzle competition through Western’s physics department will begin at 6 p.m. The 60-minute show, “Journey to the North Pole: The Science of Polar Express,” will begin at 6:30 p.m.

“Our hope is that everyone will be able to ‘hear’ just how magical and memorable science and scientific phenomena can be,” said Jim Rabchuk, associate physics professor.

Demonstrations will include how to get colder than the North Pole and how to keep warm in the cold, the principles of the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights), train rides across frozen lakes and much more.

For more information, contact the physics department at 309/298-1596 or the chemistry department at 309/298-1538.

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