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 to use in outreach presentations to local elementary, middle and high school students. Each SOCK comes with an instruction manual and a classroom set of materials. SOCKs are created and assembled annually by the SPS national interns and national office staff.

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SPS SOCK Intern Hannah Pell explores the physics of sound with elementary school students.

Share the wonders of acoustics with students of all ages using the latest SPS SOCK, featuring Boomwhackers, a full set of tuning forks, and much more! The 2015-16 SOCK explores the physics of sound through eight engaging demos and activities that can be used in a variety of settings.  SOCK users will be able to visualize sound waves, measure the speed of sound, and make their own instruments while learning the basics of sound waves and their applications. New this year, the SOCK manual also includes reflections on using these activities with elementary and high school students, a summary to help you decide which lessons are best for your event, and “Did you know?” stories to add more context to your lessons. This SOCK was created in partnerships with NIST, the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

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Explore previous SOCKs here


Request an SPS SOCK for Your Chapter

SPS SOCK requests are accepted through an online application form. Please note that you will need to provide:

  • Contact information and the SPS membership number for the student project leader.
  • Your school and SPS chapter information.
  • Responses to the following three prompts:
  1. Please describe why your group is interested in using the SPS SOCK for outreach.
  2. Please describe the experience your SPS chapter has with outreach activities.
  3. Approximately how many national SPS members will be involved in the SOCK outreach event?
  • The intended audience, type of event, and anticipated date for which you are considering using the SPS SOCK (if there is more than one, just choose one).
  • Your SPS advisor’s name and email address. Your advisor will be asked to confirm his/her support of your proposed SOCK activity.

SPS SOCKs are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis among the eligible requests. Approximately 25 are available each year.


Explore SOCK kits from previous years here.