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Austin Peay State University to put on science demonstrations at Clarksville Parks and Recreation’s Movies in the Park

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Mr. Incredible and his super-suit wearing colleague Frozone could learn a trick or two this Saturday from Austin Peay State University (APSU) scientists and students at Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department’s Movies in the Park.

Austin Peay scientists will crush two sealed steel drums at Movies in the Park on May 25th. (APSU)
Austin Peay scientists will crush two sealed steel drums at Movies in the Park on May 25th. (APSU)

Before the first frames of “Incredibles 2” start rolling at Movies in the Park at Clarksville’s Heritage Park, the Austin Peay representatives will crush two 55-gallon steel drums. And they’ll use only a cooler full of ice cubes for the feat.

APSU’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is partnering with Clarksville Parks and Recreation to provide free and interactive science demonstrations during the city’s Movies in the Park series, which starts this Saturday and runs through October.

The partnership starts May 25th with “Incredibles 2.” The movie starts at sunset, which will be shortly before 8:00pm on Saturday, but Austin Peay State University (and other vendors) will have demonstrations and activities before the show.

In addition to the barrel crush, Austin Peay State University staff and students will lead other science activities, such as this interactive balloon-in-a-bottle demonstration of air pressure.

Here’s the schedule of Movies in the Parks films accompanied by Austin Peay’s planned science demonstrations:

May 25th, “Incredibles 2” at Heritage Park
APSU scientists will heat up two sealed steel drums then put them in an ice bath. Within seconds, the drums will implode, like you crush a Coke can.

June 8th, “Beauty and the Beast” at Heritage Park
Ever shattered a rose by throwing it on the ground? Austin Peay scientists will show you how dipping them in liquid nitrogen can help.

June 29th, “Aquaman” at Heritage Park
Walk on water! APSU scientists will add some corn starch to water, et voila! The mixture acts like a solid when you walk around on it and acts like a liquid when you don’t.

July 13th, “Black Panther” at Heritage Park
Austin Peay’s Bryan Gaither, lab manager for the Department of Physics, Engineering and Astronomy, will bring out the school’s massive ping pong cannon, which can fire the plastic balls more than 700 mph through cans, plywood and maybe even some fruit.

July 27th, “The Grinch” at Liberty Park
Austin Peay scientists will show you how to make snow using polymers. No frozen water needed to make the light, fluffy stuff.

August 17th, “Ready Player One” at Liberty Park
APSU’s GIS Center staff have the perfect accompaniment to this blockbuster movie about a virtual world – virtual reality gadgets of all kinds. You can play around in Google Earth VR, take a virtual tour or ride virtual roller coasters.

September 21st, “Mary Poppins Returns” at Liberty Park
How do you freeze your homemade ice cream? Austin Peay scientists skip the freezer and use liquid nitrogen. It’s way faster. Come grab some before the movie. They use spoonfuls of sugar!

October 12th, “The Karate Kid” at Liberty Park
Austin Peay scientists will lie on a bed of nails and have cinder blocks broken on their chests! It’s science, not magic! “Nature rule, Daniel-san, not mine.”



The free movies start at sunset. Science demonstrations happen before the movies and are subject to change.

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