Holiday Lecture 2020

Holiday Lecture 2020: A Materials Wonderland

On SaturdayDecember 12, 2020, PCCM celebrated its annual Holiday Lecture: A Materials Wonderland: A Celebration of How Materials Science Make Our Holidays Fun
The event was led by Prof. Howard Stone.

The 2020 "virtual" event was a HUGE success with 426 families registered, some with multiple children tuning in, resulting in close an audience of 1000+ people! One demo that was super fun was testing how a rubber ball bounced when warm versus when cold. The ball was bounced at room temperature first, then after being frozen in liquid nitrogen, the results were compared. Additionally, the ball was hit with a hammer at both room temperature and after being frozen with liquid nitrogen. The results were shown with a super slow-motion camera so that the families could see how the ball deformed itself and molded shape to bounce back! The kids absolutely loved when the ball was hit with a hammer after being frozen in liquid nitrogen, and shattered into multiple pieces. Not something you see every day! We thank all of the families who participated, and wish everyone a Happy Holiday!”

The Holiday Lecture series is modeled on a famous set of presentations first given to children a century ago as part of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in London. The lectures highlight science in an engaging and fun forum for children age 7 and up. This event, which is free and open to the public, brings science to the community through experiments, audience participation, and highlights from current research. The lecture is a collaborative effort of the NSF MRSEC at Harvard and the NSF PCCM at Princeton.

This year's lecture was via a Zoom Webinar. This annual event was free and open to the public (all ages welcomed). 
Check back for details about the Holiday Lecture 2021 (registration will be required)

Previous Lectures:

2020 Holiday Lecture: "A Materials Wonderland" (link is external)

2019 Holiday Science Lecture

2018 Holiday Science Lecture

2017 Holiday Science Lecture

2016 Holiday Science Lecture

2015 Holiday Science Lecture (Event Photos / Program Booklet PDF / Announcement Flyer PDF)

2014 Holiday Science Lecture  (Program Booklet PDF / Announcement Flyer PDF)