University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Outreach

Jim Kakalios in a plastic bag
Physics Force members Cindy Cattell and John Anderson prepare Nancy Bresnahan for an air pressure demonstration at the Minnesota State Fair.
photo by Jonathan Chapman

Here are a few examples of the way in which the School of Physics and Astronomy reaches out to the surrounding world:

  • The Physics Force is a group of Physics and Astronomy professors and high school teachers who put on a physics circus of dynamic and entertaining demonstrations for area school children and the general public.

  • Astronomy Outreach activities: The Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics runs Universe in the Park, Observation Nights, Minnesota Starwatch, school presentations and more.

  • Research Opportunities for Undergraduates (REU) is a ten-week summer research program for physics undergraduates open to students from around the country as well as Minnesota.

  • Research Experience for Teachers (RET)is a program designed to help high school teachers participate in cutting edge physics with our research groups.

  • QuarkNet is a five-day workshop for physical science teachers designed to help bring the world of particle physics into high schools.

  • PACES, Parents and Children Experiencing Science is a program designed to promote science education in under-represented communities in a format where parents model learning for their children.

  • Soudan Mine Tour The Soudan State Park Underground Mine tour includes a stop at the MINOS far dector.

  • Van Vleck Lectures Annual lecture series sponsored by the physics department.

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