Past Events

Local Montessori School Photos
Service learning student Aaron Zimmerman and Physics Outreach organized a series of table-top investigations for a science extravaganza at the Follow the Child Montessori School in Lafayette. The theme of the investigations was naturally occurring forces.

Troop 154 Lock-in Photos
With the help of parent volunteers, Physics Outreach presented a series of 16 guided inquiry investigations for Boy Scout Troop 154 in Monticello. The interactive investigations introduced approximately 60 elementary age boys to concepts related to physical science, including circuits, laws of conservation, naturally occurring forces, pendulums, fluids, and visual phenomena.

Lewis Cass High School Visit
Outreach hosted Physics students from Lewis Cass High School for a visit to two Purdue research laboratories. Twenty-five students toured PRIME Lab and the Purdue-1 reactor (PUR-1).

Spring Fest 2014
With an energetic group of student volunteers on hand, Physics and Astronomy Outreach engaged hundreds of Spring Fest attendees with two phenomena related to nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Nano At Klondike Elementary Photos
Nano At Klondike Elementary Photos

Re-making History — In the Steps of Victor Hess
Cosmic rays were serendipitously discovered by Austrian Victor Hess in 1912, concluding years of research. Expecting what he believed to be terrestrial-based radiation to diminish with altitude above the Earth, Hess actually found higher levels of radiation as he ascended almost three miles above the Earth in a hydrogen balloon. Hess’ findings led him to conclude that the radiation he measured was actually coming from space! Dr. David Sederberg, director of Purdue Physics Outreach worked with McCutcheon High School teacher Cheryl McLean, McCutcheon student Stephen Claypool, Purdue Physics major Chris Kraner, and Physics Professor Matthew Jones to put the QuarkNet detectors and newly developed software to the test in a natural field environment.

QuarkNet Teacher Institute – Summer 2012
Purdue University Physics Outreach recruited nine teachers for the 2012 QuarkNet professional development institute, over half of which had never before participated in QuarkNet! Participating teachers learned about the origins of cosmic rays and their ubiquitous presence throughout the cosmos. Teacher also learned ways of observing the effects cosmic rays and conducted hands-on experiments using cosmic ray detectors.

Liquid Nitrogen Cryogenic Show at Sugar Creek Elementary
Physics Outreach and the Purdue SPS (Society of Physics Students) engaged fourth and fifth grade students at Sugar Creek Elementary on Grandparents Day with a presentation based on themes related to cryogenic temperatures.

Prof. Bortoletto at West Lafayette Public Library
Physics Outreach recently coordinated a presentation by Purdue Physics Distinguished Professor Daniela Bortoletto at the West Lafayette Public Library. Professor Bortoletto, noted for her continuing leadership and scientific discovery in high energy particle research facilities around the world, related her related experiences leading to the identification of the Higgs boson, an elementary particle on the radar of particle physicists for decades. In addition, she presented a broad and informative view of the zoo of elementary particles of which we and the universe around us are all composed.

Montessori Students Explore Forces with PEARLS Program
Service learning student Aaron Zimmerman and Physics Outreach organized a series of table-top investigations for a science extravaganza at the Follow the Child Montessori School in Lafayette. The theme of the investigations was naturally occurring forces

Boy Scout Troop 154 Lock-in
With the help of parent volunteers, Physics Outreach presented a series of 16 guided inquiry investigations for Boy Scout Troop 154 in Monticello. The interactive investigations introduced approximately 60 elementary age boys to concepts related to physical science, including circuits, laws of conservation, naturally occurring forces, pendulums, fluids, and visual phenomena.

The Centenary Flight of Victor Hess
Who was Victor Hess? Victor Hess was an Austrian physicist who, in August of 1912, commanded a hydrogen-filled balloon through Northern Bohemia on a scientific expedition.

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