Quick-freezing live flowers using liquid nitrogen is a popular Open House demonstration.  photo credit

Every February, FSU's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (AKA the "MagLab") invites the public to spend the day at its world-class research laboratory, typically attracting around 5,000 guests.  The 2013 Open House will be held on Saturday, February 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The event is free; however, canned goods are collected as the unofficial price of admission and are donated to America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend.

The Open House features something for visitors of every age: hands-on demonstrations, self-guided tours, activities, food, and the chance to meet and chat with scientists and other MagLab staff.  An annual highlight is an up-close look at the record-breaking 45-tesla hybrid magnet, or 900-megahertz superconducting magnet and other powerful research instruments.  With information and activities targeting a variety of ages, this event has become a popular family outing and is a can’t-miss opportunity to show children how much fun science can be.  A special Kids Zone features hands-on science fun designed especially for young children.

In addition to the MagLab Open House, two other venues right down the road will also be doing Open House, along with tours, and selected hands-on activities.  The CENTER FOR ADVANCED POWER SYSTEMS, located at 2000 Levy Street, and right acroos the street the HIGH-PERFORMANCE MATERIALS INSTITUTE at 2005 Levy Ave.