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2005-06 Marsh W. White Award Recipients
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Ball State University

  Ball State University
  Front row (L-R): Krista White, Rachel Brown, Courtney Rowe-Bultinck, Melissa Bitters, Abby Perkins. Back row (L-R): Justin Mason, Ray Haney, Brian Dumpert, Josh Clark, Justin Gagneur, Ben Padgett, Nick Humphrey. Not Pictured: Daniel Baker, Craig Hendrickson, Rachel Myers.
Fisiks is Phun

Final Report

Abstract
During the past two years, the Ball State University Society of Physics Students Chapter has been actively involved in the community, taking physics demonstrations to the local middle schools in a program called "Fisiks is Phun." In addition, we set up a table at the Indiana Sate Fair in August of 2005. There, many people, young and old, showed a great deal of interest in physics. Due to the success, we would like to incorporate other topics such as magnetism and sound and we have been requested by local teachers to include optics. With new equipment, we will be able to expand our programs to include optics as well as demonstrate sound and magnetism.

Principal Proposers: Courtney Rowe-Bultinck & Melissa Bitters
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Grosnick

 
Brigham Young University—Utah

  Brigham Young University-Utah
  (L-R) Will Ashby (holding a Vortex Cannon), Mike Johnson (holding the sledge hammer), and Mike Clemens (on the bed of nails).

Society of Physics Students Outreach Program

Final Report

Abstract
We propose to create additional physics demonstrations for our outreach program. There is a demand for demonstrations that correlate with the K-12 curriculum and demonstrations for school assemblies. We believe that the demonstrations will not only teach kids how physics is fun, but will also reinforce concepts taught in the classroom.

Principal Proposers: Michael Clemens, William Ash by, Benjamin Wheaton & Justin Paul
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bret Hess

 
California State University—Chico

  California State University-Chico
  (L-R) Joel Amato & Justin Stimatze.

The Rocket Trike: A Dramatic Outreach Demonstration

Final Report

Abstract
The CSU Chico chapter of the Society of Physics Students would like to resurrect our once-renowned “Rocket Trike”. We propose demonstrating the Rocket Trike at multiple upcoming K-12 outreach events. We believe the Rocket Trike’s dramatic illustration of Newton’s Laws is a highly entertaining and effective tool for increasing student interest in science.

Principal Proposers: Joel Amato & Justin Stimatze
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Kagan

 
University of Central Florida

  University of Central Florida
  Left to right: Robert Grisetti, Sergio Tafur, Erin Riley, Jarrad Pond.

Reel Physics

Final Report

Abstract
A continuation of the previous year's outreach program aimed at exciting high school and middle school students about physics. This program will use clips from popular movies to explain physical concepts and determine the validity of the "science" presented by the entertainment industry. This investigation will be supplemented with demonstrations.

Principal Proposer: Erik Riley
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Costas Efthimiou

 
University of Colorado—Colorado Springs

  University of Colorado—Colorado Springs
  Left to right: Audra Tadevich, Diana Haskins-Fulton, Diana Qiu, and Tolya Glushchenko.

Light and Liquid Crystals: A Panoply of Color

Final Report

Abstract
One of the best ways to get younger students interested in science and more specifically, physics, is to bring exciting demonstrations into their classrooms. We plan to develop a program to bring exciting knowledge about liquid crystals and liquid crystal displays to elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms. The program will be based on our faculty advisors research in liquid crystal displays and will include hand out materials, overhead presentations, and experiments.

Principal Proposer: Diana Haskins
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Anatoliy Glushchenko

 
University of Connecticut

  University of Connecticut
  (L-R) Wesley Gohn, Dr. Barry Wells, Cecile Stanzione, Carol Artacho Guerra, Dr. Phil Best, JC Sanders, Nicole DiNicola, Nolan Samboy and Anne Wrigley.

UConn Physics Olympiad

Final Report

Abstract
The SPS Chapter of the University of Connecticut is collaboratively working with the Physics Department in organizing a Physics Olympiad. The event will invite local high schools to attend a full day program at the University where students will compete in different tasks involving Physics concepts. The goal is to involve high school students in an intellectually stimulating and fun event involving Physics and to spark their interest and broaden their view of the field.

Principal Proposers: Carolina Artacho Guerra & Kurt Doughty
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Philip Best

 
Ithaca College

  Brigham Young University-Utah
  Ithaca SPS Chapter's Vice President Maksim Sipos (standing), Treasurer Kevin Faehndrich (spinning), and Secretary Sweta Shah.

Creating an Ithaca College SPS Circus

Final Report

Abstract
The Ithaca College Chapter of the Society of Physics Students proposes the creation of a “Physics Circus” that will regularly visit local middle schools in the Fingerlakes Region. This will benefit not only the middle school students by teaching them physics in a hands-on manner, but will enable our SPS members to get valuable experience teaching and interacting with middle school students. Depending upon the audience there will either be numerous stations that small groups of people rotate between, or one stage that all the demonstrations are done on with one audience. The Physics Circus will cover topics in mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics. All of these demonstrations will be in ready to go transportable crates. We will also develop instructional materials to make it easy for future SPS members to use the Circus materials.

Principal Proposer: Kevin Faehndrich
Other Proposers: Melissa Gilbert, Maksim Sipos, & Sweta Shah
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Rogers

 
Marquette University

  Marquette University
  (L-R) Nghia Le, Sabrina Dechene, Eric Breitbach (he's the ringleader), Jennifer Bustamante, Brian Kaster, and Brianne Boland.

Honoring Telsa's Dream of Wireless Electricity

Final Report

Abstract
Each year, members of the Marquette University Society of Physics Students visit inner-city elementary schools for High Interest Days. The goal is to promote interest in the sciences, and motivate students to continue their education. A Tesla coil provides a dramatic and memorable demonstration that will provoke student curiosity.

Principal Proposer: Jennifer E. Bustamante & Eric Breitbach
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Kunz

 
Mississippi State University

  California State University-Chico
  (L-R) James Dunne, Brad Barlow, and Ronald Unz

Physics Focus on Mississippi

Final Report

Abstract
Our chapter proposes to use the awarded funds to expand and improve our physics outreach program geared towards high school physics students. This award would allow us to bring much-needed physics demonstrations to particularly resource-poor schools in east-central Mississippi and to strengthen the level of interest in physics in this area.

Principal Proposers: Brad N. Barlow & Ronald J. Unz
Faculty Advisor: Dr. James A. Dunne

 
Morningside College

  Morningside College
  (L-R) Liz Kelly, SPS chapter VP/secretary, and Brittany Cole, SPS chapter president.

Physics in the Community

Final Report

Abstract
The Chapter’s proposed activity would involve physics students going into area schools and presenting an array of physics demonstrations and hands-on activities that would help to explain physics principles, both ones that are present in an everyday environment and also bring awareness to new ones. The target audience would be mostly within the fourth through twelfth grade range.

Principal Proposers: Brittany Cole & Elizabeth Kelly
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Turner

 
Seattle Pacific University

  Seattle Pacific University
  (L-R) Allie Hedges (secretary), Kyle Igarashi (vice president), Andrea Vermeer (president), Derek Cox (treasurer), Dr. Lane Seeley (advisor), Asher Danner (web master).

Engaging High School Culture... The Physics of Magic

Final Report

Abstract
The proposal seeks support for a statewide outreach project to encourage underrepresented science students to explore studying physics in college. Partnering with SPU's Office of Admission, Seattle School District, and the Northwest Urban Youth Leadership Conference, SPS members will present six workshops which include demonstrations, group discussions, and a Q&A panel.

Principal Proposer: Taryn Arslan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lane Seeley

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