Physics Open Day brings high school students to campus

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ILLUSTRATION COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

By Jana Samy

UNIVERSITY CITY, SHARJAH— The American University of Sharjah’s Physics Open Day on Feb. 23 brought students from Sharakah schools to campus in an effort one professor said was designed to show “high school students how exciting a major in physics can be.”

Associate Professor of Physics Mehmet Egilmez added that the “physics education provided at AUS is unique because it is skill-based, which is needed in today’s competitive job market.”

The Department of Physics and the Office of Enrollment Management organized the event in co-operation with Sharakah schools, inviting teachers and students from grades 10-12. 

The day started with a presentation attended by the dean and head of the Physics Department. Students engaged in lectures and were then given a tour of the laboratories. They also took part in a project competition to win prizes. 

As an experiment, the department created ice cream using liquid nitrogen and treated the students at the end of the day.