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IC Physics Festival, fun and educational experience planned for area students


The second annual IC Physics Festival will be held on Friday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center located on the Illinois College campus.

The free event is open to the public and designed for students of all ages, especially those in middle school and high school, and will introduce various scientific concepts in physics. 

More than 40 interactive scientific demonstrations and activities will be presented by Illinois College students, displaying magnetic levitation, tesla coils, sound visualization, floating bowling balls, catapults and more. 

Dr. Pratheesh Jakkala, assistant professor of physics, said the event is meant to reduce fear of physics among students and encourage an interest in scientific concepts among young students. He said the inaugural event last year was a success with more than 400 students from the region in attendance and he expects even more to attend the growing festival this year.  

“We had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the festival last year. Kids were really amazed by the experience. Sometimes learning science can be intimidating, but the way we have set up this event allows students to relax and have fun while learning,” said Dr. Jakkala, who expects this year to provide the same type of experience with even more opportunities for learning and participation. 

Demonstrations will be set up in King Fieldhouse and Sherman Gym in Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center and on Green Athletic Field at IC’s England Stadium (weather permitting). Parking for attendees is available in the Campus Services lot across Park Street. Buses can drop off at the main entrance of Bruner located on Edgehill Road. A map of the IC campus is available here. 

For more information about the event and to make arrangements for your school or class to attend, contact Dr. Pratheesh 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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