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**Spring 2021 COVID-19 Update**

In order to keep the Austin community safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily suspended live, in-person shows. Instead, we are livestreaming our Physics Circus show in shorter, focused segments. Students will be able to ask questions and participate through a live chat! This semester we will not have a broadcast schedule, but you can watch our previous broadcasts here or here. You can email us as described below, and we look forward to "seeing" you soon!

You can find our schedule below. If your desired date is free, email us to reserve it!

Schedule a Show!

Email us now to schedule a Physics Circus traveling show at your school! Please provide the following information:

  1. Contact name
  2. Contact email
  3. Contact phone number
  4. Name of school
  5. Grade level
  6. Number of students
  7. Three possible show dates, in order of preference; choose from the calendar below

Please note, we receive a large number of requests for shows. To ensure our ability to everyone, we will not return to same school for the two years following a visit. Therefore, we encourage schools to combine as many classes and grades as possible for a show.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I request a special time slot for a livestream show?
This semester we're focusing on dedicated shows for schools! Email us (see above) and reserve a time slot, and we'll broadcast a dedicated segment for your school or class.

When will you return to performing live, in-person shows?
Vaccines are becoming available, but roll out is going to take a while. In the meantime, CDC health and safety guidelines recommend minimizing contact and group gatherings. As vaccines are distributed, and students and presenters are inocculated, we will reconsider live shows. Hopefully by next semester!

What grade level is appropriate for the audience?
Physics Circus shows are best for grades K-5, though we occasionally do shows for middle schools with some adjustments. All ages (including adults) will enjoy the show, but elementary-schoolers will learn the most from it.

The following questions are in regards to in-person shows. They are (mostly) irrelevant for as long as we are broadcasting live shows, but feel free to peruse them!

How many students can see a show?
We can present a show for between 100-300 students, depending on your facilities. School gymnasiums and auditoriums typically make good venues. If you have more significantly more than 300 kids, we prefer to split it up into two back-to-back shows.

Can you present at our school's STEM night, or other evening event?
Generally, no. Past experience has shown this to be an inefficient use of our resources. However, we would love to present at your school during regular school hours!

How do we prepare for a Physics Circus show?
Please provide two banquet tables for the demonstrations. If we are not performing on an elevated stage, please set the room up so that we are near an electrical outlet and there is at least ten feet of space between the tables and the audience.

How much does it cost?
We are fully funded by The University of Texas Physics Department. We will travel to your school at absolutely no cost to you!

May I use your video?
Host schools and organizations are welcome to use our video to generate interest in an upcoming show.

Why are there no dates listed on the calendar?
In the last week of August, we will post our availability for September through December. In the last week of January, we will post our availability for February through May. If you check before those dates, you may not see anything. Please email us your request anyway, and we will do our best to accomodate it.

Will you present on weekends, during the summer, or other times not listed on your calendar?
Possibly! These are usually harder to schedule, but please send us an email, and we will do our best to accomodate your request.

Calendar of Events

Note: If the embedded calendar does not appear for you, you can visit the Google Calendar page directly instead: Direct link