So, you've run the gauntlet, and are having a Wonders of Physics show.

Below is some information that will (hopefully) eliminate many of the physical problems that we've seen arise.
If you find that you don't have something, don't worry about it. We'll figure something out - that's what physics is all about, problem solving.

First off, before we arrive:

We need a map to your school, indicating where we will be unloading our vehicle.  Since we have lots of equipment (some of it rather heavy!), should we need to transport up or down levels, we will need to utilize whatever ramps/elevators you have.

We normally don't do a contract unless the school has one they want to use.  As for the donation, write a check out to the "Wonders of Physics" and give it to us the day of your show.  If you need an invoice, we can write one up on letterhead and bring it with us or fax it to you.

We ask that you provide me with an adequate number (two or three) of responsible helpers.

LET THE CUSTODIAN KNOW WE ARE COMING, and that we might need their help. 

Remember that we like to present the show in a large room, preferably a lecture hall, gym, or cafeteria, and we don't need a stage.

It usually takes us 90 minutes to set up the equipment and another 90 minutes to take it down.  (And that's cutting it close!)  Since an average show lasts about an hour, that makes a four hour time block for the one show.  Two or more shows just add the hour of the additional show along with 10 to 15 minutes between each show to refill and reset the equipment.

We try to arrive about two hours before the first show just in case something unexpected comes up.

For example, suppose you ask for two shows, one right after the other, and you want the first one to start at 8:00 am.  We will arrive by 6:00, and will have to be in the building by 6:30 to begin setup.  The first show will end about 9:00, and we will then need about 10 to 15 minutes before the second show starts.  The second show will start about 9:15 and end about 10:15.  Then 90 minutes to pack everything back up, and we will be ready to leave your school at 11:45 am (if everything goes smoothly).

Now, here is what we need from you:

We hope this helps!

Rachael Lancor
Outreach Coordinator
Wonders of Physics
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1150 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53706

(608) 262-2927
(608) 262-7205 fax


Page Updated 8/30/07