Demonstrations for SPS Chapters
Looking for a new demonstration for an outreach event? Or, want to jump start your chapter and get started? These demonstrations have been developed by SPS to help you make a difference in your local communities. Each demonstration includes parts lists, instructions, key physical concepts to explain, and demonstration videos, where appropriate. Interested in contributing to this list?
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Explore forces in a gravitational field using a spandex sheet and marbles.
This demonstration briefly explains the history of the universe using jars and colored beads.
Participants will use a hair to show how light can interfere to produce a diffraction pattern.
Construct a pinhole projector to introduce participants to the basic properties of light. This tool can then be used to view eclipses or other bright sources.
This demonstration uses a model of the earth-moon-sun system to explain why eclipses occur. This demo is useful for illustrating why total solar eclipses are rare.
This demonstration shows how light changes paths when travelling through different materials. Snell’s Law and the critical angle are explored using lasers and water.
This surprising demonstration illustrates the relationship between densities and buoyant forces.
This demonstration presents viewers with an example of reflection and refraction and describes difference between the two.
This workshop uses marshmallows to teach participants about waves and to calculate the speed of light.
This demonstration provides a three-dimensional visualization of magnetic field lines using ferrofluid.