The University of Central Florida Physics Department will be hosting a virtual Physics Career Exploration Day on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM. 

Today’s physicists find themselves working in almost every science and engineering environment, including teaching, and are often in leadership roles.  Physics Career Exploration Day is designed to help students learn about the great career opportunities available to them in the field of physics and to engage in the learning environment and programs at UCF.

Physics Career Exploration Day is geared toward high school students and college freshmen and sophomores.



10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Introduction to UCF Physics Department by chair, Dr. Eduardo Mucciolo.
  • Demo 1 – Music and Physics
  • Talk of the Day: A Career Path to Physics
  • Alumni Panel – Future for Physics Graduates
  • Demo 2- Application of Physics in the Pandemic
  • Academic Life – Talk Given by Current UCF Physics Students
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
  • Lunch Break & Questions and Answers Session
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Lab Tour – Biophysics
  • Lab Tour – Chemical Physics – Electron Dynamics
  • Explanation of Introductory Physics Course
  • Lab Tour – Planetary Physics
  • Demo – Fun With Physics
  • Super Demo


More Information:

Demo 1:
Music can be a great way to get rid of quarantine boredom but have you ever wondered why a guitar and a piano playing the exact same note sound different? It all has to do with overtones. In this short demonstration students will learn about how different stringed instruments make sounds and the physics of standing waves. Slow motion videos will help students understand how it all works and why instruments have unique sounds. Q & A session to follow.

Demo 2:
I don’t know about you, but I have a bad habit of touching my face even though I know I really shouldn’t unless I just washed my hands. It sure would be great if there was a device that could remind me. In this short demonstration students will learn how with a little physics know-how, they could build just such a device. The demonstration will explore the ins and outs of an electric circuit containing an infrared emitter and receiver and an alarm. Students will learn how the infrared reflection off of their hand can be sufficient to trigger the alarm and allow them to stay safe in the presence of COVID-19. Q & A Session to follow.

Explanation of Introductory to Physics Course
Students will get a taste of what physics classes during their first few semesters will be like. They will get an opportunity to test their prior physics knowledge or maybe learn something new. Don’t worry, there is no exam at the end of this session but students will have a chance to ask questions about the format and educational modes offered here at UCF for introductory physics classes.

Please share this event with anyone you think would benefit from this program.

Zoom link and login information will be emailed to you after registration. For more information please contact the UCF Physics main office at:  407-823-2325