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2013 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.

Previous Recipients & Award Information

Abilene Christian University

The Abilene Christian University SPS chapter began an elementary school outreach program called "The Physics Road Show" in 2010. Since its inception, the Road Show has grown from operating out of cardboard boxes with a few SPS members to where they now have their own trailer, use professional equipment, and take 8 to 10 SPS members to each of their shows. The show continues to grow and enhance science education in Abilene schools with support from SPS and the ACU Department of Engineering and Physics.

  Central Washington University
  The Central Washington University SPS chapter demonstrates the properties of waves.
Central Washington University

The Central Washington University SPS chapter is extremely active in educational inquiry-based outreach. There are few weeks that go by where they do not participate in some form of outreach. Whether there are at a Halloween event showing kids their frozen shadows on a shadow board, or doing a demonstration of angular momentum and the properties of waves, they are always trying to reach the community as often as possible.

  College of Wooster
  College of Wooster Physics Club members entertain elementary school children with physics demos.
College of Wooster

The College of Wooster Physics Club performs a variety of outreach demonstrations which have, in a sense, become part of the Wooster community. Events include four different full-length outreach demos in forces and motion, air pressure, electricity and magnetism, and waves and optics. Members of the Physics Club visit local elementary schools once or twice a week to perform these demos to students in grade 2-6. The programs have developed a successful reputation, and teachers look forward to these events every year as an exciting opportunity for their students.

  Hartnell Community College
  The Hartnell College SPS "Physics Olympics" outreach event.
Hartnell Community College

Science outreach has been and continues to be incredibly important to Hartnell College's SPS chapter. Their biggest outreach event so far occurred in April 2013, the annual Hartnell College Physics Olympics. Also, this year they brought back the very popular lunchtime ice cream social and BIG demo show at noon.

  Rhodes College
  Rhodes College SPS members at the annual "Rites to Play" carnival.
Rhodes College

This SPS chapter at Rhodes College had a very exciting year in outreach, including the continuation of their frequent school trips and the inauguration of several new events and collaborations on campus and in the community. Once again they hosted a pumpkin drop at Halloween and presented dozens of interactive demonstrations at the "Rites to Play" carnival for young children. Hundreds of students and their family members from the Memphis, TN, area attended both events. All the while, they maintained their high tempo of classroom events at nearby schools, drawing continued praise from the teachers whose classes they enrich.

  University of Louisville
  UofL undergrad Austin Gornet explains the properties of magnets to guests at E-Expo with iron filings and a Gaussian gun.
University of Louisville

The University of Louisville SPS chapter has a long history of being active in the community when it comes to outreach activities. With a box load of physics toys, a display case of interactive demonstrations, and an outreach coordinator to organize volunteers, their chapter is ready whenever an opportunity arises. From campus preview days for graduation high school seniors to kids just beginning their academic careers, UofL's SPS has something ready for people of all ages. Their arsenal includes demos on conservation of energy, conservation of angular momentum, magnetism, light, gravity, and more.

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