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Physics Festival to bring fun and educational experience to area students


Illinois College will host a Physics Festival that is free and open to the public on Friday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center, located on campus.

The event is designed for youth, especially those in middle school and high school, and will introduce various scientific concepts in physics in an exciting way.

A variety of around 30 fun, interactive demonstrations and activities will be led by Illinois College students, including a chance to make your own sail, create Star Wars sounds, experiment with sand pendulums, explore stargazing with telescopes and the chance to make your own physics toys. 

Dr. Pratheesh Jakkala, assistant professor of physics, said the event is meant to reduce fear of physics among students. 

We want to show how fun and entertaining learning physics can be. Our students who are presenting activities will also improve their physics application methodologies and design skills.
Dr. Pratheesh Jakkala

For more information about the event or making arrangements for your school or class to attend, contact Dr. Jakkala at 217.245.3468 or

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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