Festival of Photons in Oak Ridge

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Oak Ridge Children and their parents can play with laser lights, dance under a disco ball and learn about photons at a unique new winter festival in Oak Ridge. The American Museum of Science and Energy is hosting the festival at its new location at Main Street Oak Ridge.

AMSE Director Julia Bassinger said, "We're connecting the cultures of light and the science of light." The new festival is called the Festival of Photons. Because photons are packets of light, the museum used the term to describe the event.

Museum educators have designed a special room where people can experiment with light, pointing lasers on the wall and learning the properties of light.

The museum invited several cultural groups to create displays for the festival and bring demonstrations. The Tinadre group presents Flamenco dance, and another group is presenting Israeli folk dance.

Doctor Claus is sharing candy as well as education about special lights developed at nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The Festival of Photons continues Saturday, December 8, Friday and Saturday, December 14/15 and Friday, December 21, on the shortest day of the year.

Learn more here about the American Museum of Science and Energy and the Festival of Photons.