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2014 Marsh W. White Outreach Awards

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Marsh W. White The following SPS chapters have been granted Marsh W. White Outreach Awards to help fund their outreach projects during the coming academic year. Marsh W. White Awards are made to SPS chapters "to support projects designed to promote interest in physics among students and the general public."
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  CSU
 

Cleveland State University

From Cold Milk in the Morning to Reading Light at Night: Our Encounters with Physics Through the Day

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The Cleveland State University (CSU) physics students will continue our outreach program with a local public school. This year our program will explore the way school-aged kids encounter physics every day: from refrigeration of milk at breakfast to switching off reading lights at night.

Principal Proposers: Janna Mino, Krista Freeman, & Chris Mentrek
Faculty Advisor: Kiril Streletzky

 
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  Drexel
 

Drexel University

Hollywood Physics 2.0

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Drexel University's Society of Physics Students will visit Philadelphia area high schools to present Hollywood Physics 2.0—a presentation that examines, through interactive demonstrations, the plausability of various physical phenomena featured in popular movies. These sessions will build interest in physics, engineering, and other sciences.

Principal Proposers: Robyn Smith, Cameron Petersen, & Jeremy Gaison
Chapter Advisor: Dr. Luis Cruz Cruz

 
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  Idaho State University
 

Idaho State University

Science Day in the Mall

Project Proposal

The Idaho State University chapter would like to demonstrate electricity and magnetism concepts in the mall, using a Van de Graaff generator, electromagnets, coils, and other demonstrations. We also would like to demonstrate states of matter by making liquid nitrogen ice cream. Printed displays will accompany each demonstration.

Principal Proposers: William A. Alston & Mark Wetzel
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Steve Shropshire

 
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  Ithaca College
 

Ithaca College

Icy Snow Forts: Inspiring Engineering Through Imagination

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To inspire future physicists and engineers, competing teams of young students will build a snow fort of their own design to be judged. The main constraint is each group must build their fort using a set of triangular, rectangular, pentagonal and hexagonal molds provided by Ithaca College chapter of SPS.

Principal Proposer: Ivan Tso
Faculty Advisor: Michael Rogers

 
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  New Mexico State University
 

New Mexico State University

Shooting for Clouds: The New Mexico State University Cloud Chamber and Outreach Development Project

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The New Mexico State University Chapter of Society of Physics Students proposes designing and fabricating a cloud chamber for outreach demos. In addition we would like to print student designed posters illustrating certain fundamental aspects of physics.

Principal Proposers: Khadijih Mitchell, Dennis Trujillo, Fred Smalley, Jerrett Moon, & Alistair McLean
Faculty Advisor: Michaela Burkardt

 
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  Rhodes College
 

Rhodes College

Phenomenal Fields of Physics

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The Rhodes College Society of Physics Students will host a science day for kids in grades 6-12. The goal of this event is to spark the curiosity of the students and interest them in the sciences.

Principal Proposers: Stefan McCarty, Morgan Smather, Zain Kinnare, & Edo Draetta
Faculty Advisor: Brent Hoffmeister

 
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  Sewanee: The University of the South
 

Sewanee: The University of the South

Physics Outreach with Thermal Imaging

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Sewanee SPS will illustrate and promote physics applications by using an infrared camera for thermal imaging in the local community. We will image and deduct the thermal integrity of various buildings and report our observations to the owners, including how the integrity ranking was determined and how it can be improved.

Principal Proposers: Taylor Morris, Keshonn Carter, Paul Campbell, William Jenkins, Daniel Rosales, & Caroline Roberts
Chapter Advisor: Randolph Peterson

 
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  Sonoma State University
 

Sonoma State University

Physics Fair: A Presentation of Archival Material

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The SSU chapter of SPS will orchestrate a physics fair in conjunction with the physics department's Public Viewing Nights. To aid in this effort, we will digitize academically valuable lecture slides and videos from the "What Physicists Do" lecture series. Select slides will be presented during the fair and all content will be made publicly available through a website.

Principal Proposers: Ben Cunningham, Kevin Zack, Hunter Mills, Cody Ray Johnson, Stephan Jackowski, & Aaron Owen
Faculty Advisor: Hongtao Shi

 
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  Texas State University
 

Texas State University

Elementary Physics Videos

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We hope to produce education video demonstrations for use at our local elementary school.

Principal Proposers: Gregory Beuhler, Taylor Shimek, & Lee Sager
Faculty Advisor: Dave Donnelly

 
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  The College at Brockport, State University of New York
 

The College at Brockport, State University of New York

Fun with Physics

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The SPS chapter at The College at Brockport; SUNY is planning to expand our physics outreach events. It is our intention to plan and execute a demonstration for high school level students that will help motivate students to think about the interesting aspects of the science that most students find intimidating.

Principal Proposer: Amanda Landcastle
Faculty Advisor: H. T. Johnson-Steigelman

 
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  Towson Un
 

Towson University

Towson Physics Demo Team

Project Proposal

Towson University's SPS Chapter plans to do three outreach events, two off-campus and one on-campus at Towson University. By creating fun and engaging events, we hope to share our love of physics with young students and encourage them to pursue science careers.

Principal Proposers: Zoey Warecki, Nathan Prins, Stephen Blama, David Lahneman, & Josh Tyler
Chapter Advisor: Jeff Simpson

 
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  Tuskegee University
 

Tuskegee University

TU-SPS-K-12 Outreach Demonstration Program on Renewable Energy

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The Tuskegee University Society of Physics Students chapter will conduct one to two days of K-12 education and outreach via a workshop to demonstrate various renewable energy projects and explain physics principles for sustainable development. This enrichment workshop will lead to interest in STEM disciplines, particularly physics, among K-12 students.

Principal Proposers: Timothy T. Powell, Alejandra Sandoval, Joanie Keel, Lamont Henderson, Kumasi Salimu, Steven Gailard, Jeremiah Wilson, & Leah Sanks
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Sesha Srinivasan, Dr. P.C. Sharma, & Dr. A. Kumar

 
   
  United States Air Force Academy
 

United States Air Force Academy

Scoping Out Astronomy!

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USAFA cadets and SPS members currently host hundreds of young students per year at our observatory tours. We plan to significantly augment these tours by adding a station where students will build simple telescopes from two convex lenses and a cardboard tube that they may keep at the end of the evening.

Principal Proposers: Thomas Dickinson, Dan Cook, & Major Matthew Spidell
Faculty Advisor: LtCol Christian Wohlwend

 
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  University of Central Arkansas
 

University of Central Arkansas

The Giant Brachistochrone of SCIENCE

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The University of Central Arkansas SPS chapter performs science demonstrations for middle school children. Our chapter will use the funds from the Marsh W. White Award to build a large version of the brachistochrone ramp that is big enough for children of all ages to see the demonstration.

John Ferrier, Shelby Burns, Rebecca Brinker, & Sarah Spellman
Faculty Advisor: William Slaton

 
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  University of Maryland-College Park
 

University of Maryland–College Park

Sounds Around

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The Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore is developing a permanent exhibit called "the Percussion Garden" for musical instruments and other objects that enhance understanding of physics principles. The SPS chapter at the University of Maryland–College Park will help Port Discovery refine the pieces, create signs, and support demonstrations.

Principal Proposer: Kevin Cheriyan
Faculty Advisor: Donna Hammer

 
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  University of Southern Mississippi
 

University of Southern Mississippi

Physics Outreach for the Entire Community: Reaching the Region at Hubfest

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Outreach traditionally focuses on reaching students in K-12, but reaching the entire community is also valuable. People from the entire region come to Hubfest, a community street festival. Our booth always draws a crowd, with the adults as fascinated and engaged as the kids.

Principal Proposer: Kinsey Zarske
Faculty Advisor: Michael Vera

 
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  University of Wisconsin-Platteville
 

University of Wisconsin–Platteville

Physics is Phantastic Phunshop

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The Society of Physics Students at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville will be hosting their annual "Physics is Phantastic Phunshop" in late October. This event invites 5th and 6th grade students from local schools to participate in physics related fun to support interest in the field of physics.

Principal Proposer: Taylor Keesler
Faculty Advisor: Duane Foust

 
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