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SPS has a long history of engaging the public in science, and the national organization has a number of programs and awards to this end. In September 2013, the SPS National Council adopted an official Statement on Outreach:

The Society of Physics Students recognizes that outreach inspires scientific literacy while promoting public understanding of the benefits of physics education and research. Community and educational partnerships also foster curiosity and passion in the next generation. These activities enrich the experience of the participating undergraduate students as ambassadors of science by promoting a deeper commitment to their discipline. We are committed to providing programs, resources and opportunities that highlight physics and encourage community outreach partnerships.

National Outreach Initiatives

Science Outreach Catalyst Kits (SOCKs)

Exploratory physics and science activities specifically designed for SPS chapters to use in outreach presentations.

Physics Day at Six Flags America

SPS coordinates outreach activities with local SPS chapters for Physics Day at Six Flags America in Bowie, MD.

Outreach Awards