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2010 Marsh W. White Outreach Awards
Award Info & Previous Recipients | Marsh White Legacy Presentation

Marsh W. WhiteThe following fifteen SPS chapters have received Marsh W. White Outreach Awards
to help fund their outreach projects during the coming academic year. Marsh W.
White Awards are made to SPS chapters "to support projects designed to promote
interest in physics among students and the general public." Award details...

  Texas State University at San Marcos
  A group photo of the TSU-San Marcos SPS chapter at the 2009 Summer Physics Camp.

Texas State University at San Marcos

Project Report

Summer Physics Camp 2010

Our SPS chapter has hosted a week-long summer physics camp for children between the ages of 9 and 12. Our camp is funded entirely by donations, and is absolutely free to the public. The camp provides children a basic knowledge of physical concepts in a demonstration and activity rich environment.

Principal Proposers: Amanda F. Gregory
Chapter Advisor: Dr. David Donnelly

 
  School
  SPS member Jacob Dansie shows a homemade Van de Graaff generator to students at Cedar Ridge Middle School

Utah State University

Project Report

A (Not So) Shocking Education for 5th Graders and a Hands-on Experience for HS Physics Students

We propose to augment the Utah State University SPS outreach program with demonstrations designed to educate fifth graders about static and current electricity. Demonstrations will be constructed with the aid of local high school seniors who will have the opportunity to have a hands-on physics experience and learn about studying science at the university level from the members of SPS.

Principal Proposer: Robert Call
Chapter Advisor: David Peak

 
  Coe College
  Coe Physics Club members and Professor Steve Feller prepare ice cream for students using liquid nitrogen

Coe College

Project Report | Collidge Science Club Lab Manual

The Science Club at Collidge
3rd, 4th and 5th Grade

This club is an outreach program for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. It will meet once a week and involve demonstrations run by local SPS members, Professor Mario Affatigato, and volunteer parents of the children. The goal of the club is to get kids excited and involved in science at an early age.

Principal Proposers: James Z. Thompson and Tyler Mullenbach
Chapter Advisor: Mario Affatigato

 
  School
  Left to right: Eddie Fish, Tyler Stubenvoll, Wei Shen, Terisa Sunwar, Lee Johnson, Mckenzi Keeling-Garcia, Isaye Barton. Not pictured: Breiannan Way.

Green River Community College

Project Report

Physics Fun Day

The purpose of our proposed activity is to provide a fun, educational, and exciting physics and science based experience to grade school children in our community. Children and parents are invited to learn, explore, and expand their curiosity through presentations, interaction, and take home do-it-yourself science kits. We hope to inspire children to pursue science through their future schooling and by exploring the natural world around them.

Principal Proposer: Lee Johnson
Chapter Advisor: Ajay Narayanan

 
  School
  Left to right: Joe Peterson, Tracy Breunig, Rick Jackson, Rachel McWilliams, Lester Lampert, Ethan Parr, and Veronique Cole.

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Project Report

Physics is Phantastic Phunshop 2011

The UW-Platteville Society of Physics Students is putting on our 11th Annual Physics is Phantastic Phunshop. This event takes place on a Saturday in November and invites 6th grade students from 25 area schools to spend a day participating in physics workshops and demonstrations. We would like to present hands-on activities centered on the physics of air propulsion and pressure into our workshops.

Principal Proposer: Ethan Parr
Chapter Advisors: Duane Foust and Jerome Wilson

 
  University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  UW-River Falls SPS chapter at the 3M Super Science Saturday. Cadie Boyung hands a plasma ball to a young girl.

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Project Report

Phalcon Physics Hovercraft

The SPS Chapter at UW-River Falls will build an electric one-person hovercraft to be used in demonstrations for various schools, prospective students, and the community. The variable speed air supply will allow an optional activity investigating the carrying capacity as a function of air flow.

Principal Proposer: Mitch Andrejka
Chapter Advisor: Earl Blodgett

 
  Colorado School of Mines
  Partners in Physics

Colorado School of Mines

Project Report

Partners in Physics

The Colorado School of Mines SPS Chapter wishes to reinforce the integrity of the Golden-area physics community by extending our outreach projects to include elementary, middle, and high school students as well as freshman-level community college physics students. In Spring 2010, we will present a mini-lesson on standing waves to high school and community college students, then have these new “Partners in Physics” assist us in delivering a make-and-take demonstration workshop to local elementary and middle school students.

Principal Proposers: Jacob Lapenna, Marty Otzenberger and Andrea Yocom
Chapter Advisor: Chuck Stone

 
  School
   

University of Oregon

Project Report

Outreach in Conjunction with the Optical Science Discovery Program

We propose to provide a high impact science experience for a group of 12-20 middle and grade school girls. We will do this by sponsoring an Optical Science Discovery Program club meeting entitled: Rogue Robot s ! Using household objects to make moving machines.

Principal Proposers: Kayla Wegleitner, Eric Carlson, Robbie Carter, Susan Kasper and James Utterback
Chapter Advisor: Stanley J. Micklavzina

 
  University of Central Florida
  From left to right, Tom Evaskis, Sarah Nymeyer, Ryan Hardy, Jonathan Fraine, Derek Tischler

University of Central Florida

Project Report

The Wide World of Physics: Diversity in Science

The UCF Chapter of SPS will promote interest in various disciplines of physics by introducing the basic principles behind areas of research while enhancing interest in understanding the physical world. The dual targets of this program are the local Girl Scouts of America groups and the developing students of local high schools.

Principal Proposers: Tom Evaskis, Eric Robinett, Ryan Hardy, Kristy Kormandy, Carlos Solano, Courtney Paulson, Derek Tishler, Melissa Smith
Chapter Advisor: Costas Efthimiou

 
  Eastern Michigan University
  Building rockets for a campus event to celebrate the World Year of Astronomy

Eastern Michigan University

Physics Wonder Weekend for Kids

Project Report

We want to begin a weekend physics program for the fourth and fifth grade students. The intent is to encourage interest in science in an age group that is frequently turned off to the subject. We will have the children do simple experiments and make toys that teach them physics concepts.

Principal Proposers: Shannon Bourke, Dan Shimokochi, Kody Klein
Chapter Advisor: Dr. Diane Jacobs

 
  School
  Left to right: Robert Madey, Jimmie Scott, Dr. Sung-Won Lee (Advisor), Daniel Dominguez and Philip Henry

Texas Tech University

Project Report

Physics Day

Physics Day is a proposed outreach program geared specifically toward younger audiences that hopes to awe, inspire, and expose them to the brilliant world of physics through the performance of visually stunning physics experiments and participation in a hands-on educational experience.

Principal Proposer: Daniel Dominguez
Chapter Advisor: Sung-Won Lee

 
  Penn State University
  SPS Member Lee Wheeler shows off the wonders of liquid nitrogen to children and families at the 2009 Penn State Exploration Day.

Penn State University

Project Report

Exploration Day 2010: Science in Space

We propose to use the Marsh W. White award to participate in outreach through Penn State’s Exploration Day in April, 2010. Many campus science organizations join together for this NASA-supported, interactive science day. As part of this, SPS would run an exhibit centered on the theme of Science in Space.

Principal Proposers: Lena Bradley, Jason Bartell, Phil Hochendoner, Blair Porterfield, Mike Prikockis
Chapter Advisor: Richard Robinett

 
  Wright State University
  Children at a local science museum learn how scientists see the microscopic world from a macroscopic model of an atomic force microscope.

Wright State University

Project Report

Physics Then and Now

One of our chapter's biggest goals from year to year is to spark interest in physics from elementary students to high school students. This grant will aid in our efforts to improve our physics demos that we use for educational outreach to generate an interest in physics in the students, and also to show children that physics is not just another science class.

Principal Proposers: Lindsay Owens and Zach Gault
Chapter Advisor: Jason A. Deibel

 
  Drexel University
  Drexel SPS members (left to right) Amanda White, Nick Kruczek, Paresh Brahmbhatt, Kenneth Mui, Wendy Harris, Jacob Zettlemoyer, Tori Tielebein and Sajjan Mehta with students from Penrose Elementary in Philadelphia.

Drexel University

Hollywood Physics: An Outreach Event

Project Report

Abstract The Drexel University chapter proposes to engage Philadelphia-based, inner-city, high school students to view and critique Hollywood movie clips using physics principles. Following the videos, SPS volunteers will guide students in performing demonstration experiments that clearly distinguish the scientifically sound from the unsound scenes. The goal is to generate interest and enthusiasm in physics and to increase scientific literacy

Principal Proposers: Wendy Harris, Amanda White, Nick Kruczek and Jerome Mlack
Chapter Advisor: Roberto Ramos

 
  Henderson State
  Dr. Shannon Clardy (advisor), Steven Keith, Trey Davis, Michael Bilodeau, Devon, Beau Harrison, Ben Treischman, Clay White, Wresha Parajuli, floating head: Kayli Birdsong

Henderson State

Project Report

Physics Circus

With the success of the Star Party, the SPS chapter at Henderson State University would like to continue its outreach effort by organizing a Physics Circus. The outreach will be devoted to developing an interest in Physics among school students by demonstrating interesting Physics demos in a way that is fun to watch as well as educative.

Principal Proposer: Resha Parajul
Chapter Advisor: Dr. Shannon Clardy

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