Invite a physicist into your classroom hover craft and sun

Supplement your classroom curriculum and provide your students with the opportunity to meet a physicist from OSU. To request a presentation, contact Davide Lazzati or Ethan Minot.  

  • Astronomy (K-8, Spanish or English) Learn about the sun as a star and then observe the sun with our solar telescopes. On an active sun day we'll see prominences and flares. Contact Davide Lazzati.
  • More options to come: Contact Ethan Minot to make a request. 

Night Sky and Sun Viewing

The Department of Physics organizes quarterly public night sky viewing from the roof of Weniger Hall and midday Sun viewing from the Memorial Union Quad. Do to weather constraints these events are organized and advertised on short notice. Please email Davide Lazzati to be included to the mailing list and receive notices of an upcoming observing day/night. Notices are normally sent the day before the observation.

Family Science Nights at Local Elementary Schools

Local schools often invite our outreach volunteers (faculty and students) to present physics activities at Family Science Nights. Learning the physics of a hovercraft, and then riding on our hover craft, is always a favorite for kids. 

School visits to the OSU campus

We offer lab tours and physics-related presentations to school groups visiting campus. You can combine a 45 minute physics presentation with a Campus Field Trip that is offered by OSU Precollege Programs. The Gazette-Times featured one of our presentations in a recent article.

Discovering the Scientist Within

Physics participates in this STEM experience for middle school girls, offering exciting hands-activities led by women undergraduate, graduate and faculty roles models.

Discovering the Scientist Within for 2017 will be held: Saturday, March 4, 2017!

Registration is now now open!

Discovery Days

Discover Days happens twice a year (approximately Nov 1 and May 1). Physics offers demonstrations and hands-on activities. Examples of what you might discover:

  • Experience angular momentum on a rotating chair
  • Ping-pong balls and hair driers demonstrate lift
  • A vortex cannon that shoots puffs of air
  • Marbles traversing space-time on warped spandex.
  • Iron filings that help visualize magnetic fields
  • Diffraction gratings and glasses
  • Mirror illusions
  • Pendulum making patterns in sand
  • Using sensors to create interactive graphs of position, temperature and light intensity

Activities are led by faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students. Discovery Days is held at LaSells Stewart Center, opposite the OSU Football Stadium.

 

List of upcoming outreach events 

List of previous outreach events