Florida State's World-Class MagLab Inviting the Public Inside for Open House

Posted at 6:30 PM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 13:02:57-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -  Do frozen flowers, record breaking magnets, and electric pickle demonstrations sound interesting to you? If so, you'll probably want to check out this year's National High Magnetic Laboratory's Open House on Sat., Feb. 27. 

"This one is quite special because we're actually exploring the harmony between science and music," said Kristin Roberts, Public Affairs Director of the MagLab.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the open house, which gives the public a chance to see what goes on in the world-class laboratory. The MagLab is the largest and highest powered magnet lab in the world.

Each year they provide hands-on demonstrations, self-guided tours, activities, food, and the chance to meet and chat with the scientists and other MagLab staff.

"The chance to interact with the public. It's a really fantastic opportunity for us research faculty", said Ryan Baumbach, researcher at the MagLab. "Most of the time, we're sort of stuck in our labs, doing research that we love, but we don't get to see so many people, so it's a fantastic chance to see a lot of folks in the community."

The event is free to attend, but there's a suggested donation of canned food for anyone coming out to the open house. The donations are being collected for America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend. Last year, the MagLab gave Second Harvest more than 1,200 pounds of food following the event. 

Everything kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. The MagLab is located in Innovation Park at 1800 E. Paul Dirac Dr.