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Outreach Group: ExplorationStation
Sponsoring Institution: Texas A & M University, College Station
City: College Station
State: TX
Description: ExplorationStation (ExSta) at Texas A&M is a concept being pursued in our Physics Department. A distinguishing feature is the close relationship between the university and "hands-on" science activities for K-12 students. Initial steps taken by our faculty towards ExplorationStation include:
  • Physics Festival - An annual event for K-12 "Hands-On" science activities. We run over 80 interactive demonstrations and exhibits for people of all ages. In March 2010, about 4,000 people attended the event. Forty faculty members, 90 students, 10 researchers and 11 staff members from the Department of Physics & Astronomy spent their entire Saturday visiting with children and their parents/teachers. This year's event also included public lectures by renowned scientists George Kattawar and Chris Impey, the Bubble Shows by Tom Noddy, and exhibits from the Departments of Aerospace Engineering, Chemistry, and Mathematics. For the 2010-2011 academic year, our festival days are scheduled for October 23, 2010 and March 26, 2011.
  • Saturday Morning Physics - This is a National Science Foundation-funded event series designed to indulge Texas high school students in the fascinating subatomic world of modern physics. It has been held on Saturday mornings during the Spring semester and over a hundred students attend regularly.
  • Physics Shows - These are entertaining and educational presentations. The objective is to share the excitement of physics and related experiments with children of all ages, from elementary to high school. The shows include a flexible set of demonstrations and hands-on activities that can be adjusted to any level of audience. Our faculty and students have been going out to K-12 schools in the Brazos Valley to present these shows.
Program URL: http://www.physics.tamu.edu/outreach/
Target Audience(s): Elementary School
Middle School
High School
College or University
Cost: No
Topical Focus: General Physics
General Astronomy
Classical Mechanics
Electricity and Magnetism
Light and Optics
Thermodynamics

Outreach Contact

Primary Contact: Dr. Edward S. Fry
Primary Contact Phone: 979-845-1910