Science Outreach Catalyst Kits (SOCKs)
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Science Outreach Catalyst Kits, or SOCKs, contain exploratory physics and science activities specifically designed for SPS Chapters and collegiate physics departments to use in outreach presentations to local elementary, middle and high school students. The kits are created and assembled annually by the SPS national interns and national office staff.
SOCKs' primary goals are to offer an opportunity to present science as activities to be enjoyed, discoveries to be explored, and inquiries to pursued. Involved SPS Chapters should strive to revive and continue a student’s natural curiosity about the world and the universe. We encourage chapters to participate in this rewarding experience.
Each SOCK contains lessons and materials that can be adjusted for age group. Qualitative activities for younger students are possible, as are higher-level activities for more advanced high school students. The lessons can be used within the SPS Chapters themselves, on college/university campuses and in local classrooms.
To be eligible for a SOCK, Chapters must send an email to SPS with the following information:
2. Chapter Advisor
3. Primary student contact and his/her email address
4. Mailing address at which you will receive the SOCK
5. When, where, and with whom your chapter plans to use the SOCK
6. The SPS Chapter Advisor or President needs to send an email to SPS confirming plans to use the SOCK and giving the name of the student who is responsible for submitting the SOCK summary by May 1.