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2014 Blake Lilly Prize Recipients

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Recognizing SPS chapters and individuals who make a genuine effort to positively influence the attitudes of school children and the general public about physics. Established by the parents of the late Blake Lilly and given in his memory.

Previous Recipients & Award Information

  College of Wooster
  College of Wooster Physics Club members at Scot Spirit Day 2013.
College of Wooster

Elementary school outreach, Scot Spirit Day, Community Science Day and REU outreach represent the many ways that the Wooster Physics Club shares their passion for physics. Each year, outreach helps to form a special bond between the seniors and the underclassman, who learn the demos and how to show off the wonder of physics. Wooster strives to promote science education and the love of physics, despite age or educational gaps, believing that science is inexplicably intertwined with their future.

  Rhodes College
  Rhodes College SPS members with the Van de Graaf generator at the annual "Rites to Play" carnival.
Rhodes College

This year the Rhodes College chapter of SPS continued its previous efforts to reach out to the Memphis community (and further!), in particular by focusing on improving the quality of its events. In addition to large-scale outreach opportunities, Rhodes maintained weekly interaction with several local schools and presented at a few recurring smaller scale events. Annual events such as a pumpkin drop and presentations at Rhodes’ Rites to Play were balanced with monthly astronomy open houses and a few new events, including Physics Field Day and participation in the Global Space Balloon Challenge.

  University of Central Arkansas
  UCA SPS members take their show on the road for "Science Nights" events by traveling to elementary schools with demonstrations for all attendees.
University of Central Arkansas

Known throughout the region for their popular science demo shows, the University of Central Arkansas invites elementary schools to take a field trip to the campus to view science in action through one hour showcases followed by a planetarium show. The University of Central Arkansas also showed Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey live in their planetarium, in addition to holding a variety of smaller scale outreach activities including booths at a variety of student fairs to promote the organization, recruit new members, and share the wonders of physics.

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