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2008 Blake Lilly Prize Recipients
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Recognizing SPS chapters and individuals who make a genuine effort to positively influence the attitudes of school children and the general public about physics. Established by the parents of the late Blake Lilly and given in his memory

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  St. Mary's University
St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX

Picture young children laughing, scooting to the edge of their seats to get a good look, trying to raise their hands the highest to ask a question and you'll get a glimpse of what Fiesta of Physics is about at St. Mary's University. Fiesta of Physics has been or outreach program since 2004. Since St. Mary's University is situated in a poor demographic area, the program began with evening demonstrations at area elementary and middle schools.

Students and parents would attend our various demonstration set ups where St. Mary's students would explain the demos. Last fall Fiesta of Physics was able to tour area elementary schools during class time so more students could attend and more formal and exciting demonstrations cold be presented.

  Fort Hays State University
Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
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This year the Fort Hays SPS Chapter put together its first "Physics Fun Show" that travel to area schools. The show consisted of demonstrations involving classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and optics.

The demonstrations were both hands-on, where students got to play with linear polarizers or activities from the SPS SOCKs Kit; and observational, with liquid nitrogen and cinder blocks being broken over the chest of a person laying on a bed of nails. During the year, the Physics Fun Show has gone on the road multiple times to bring science to younger students.

  Ramapo College of New Jersey
Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ

This year we had two major outreach events with our former graduates and their schools. The first event was called Super Science Saturday and occurs annually at Ridgewood High School in New Jersey. It was largely attended by elementary and middle school students.

Our presentation was a vacuum cannon which shot ping pong balls. The second event was a visit to Six Flags on Mathematics and Science Day. We sponsored Palmyra High School, NJ, a group of 14 high school students enrolled in physics courses.

  Randolph College
Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA
Science Day Website | Randolph College News Article

The Randolph College Society of Physics Students (SPS), with the help of the Education Department, held the annual Science Day for 3rd through 6th grade children on March 29. Science Day is open to the community at large. Over 150 children, family members, and teachers came to participate in hands-on science activities put on by three faculty and 40 student volunteers.

Participants were broken into groups of 20 and rotated through each 30 minute activity, which were held at various places on campus. Activities included: 1) tower building with spaghetti and marshmallows, 2) lightning demo show, 3) science Jeopardy, 4) dinosaur scavenger hunt, 4) disposable diapers and how they work: an exploration into hydrophilic superabsorbant polymers, 5) Newton's laws and roller coaster science, 6) clean water: building a simple water filtration system, and 7) building on earthquake shake tables. As a finale, students were invited to run on the Human-Sized Hamster Wheel, built by the SPS to increase awareness of alternative energy sources.

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