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Title: The UIUC Physics Van (and some other outreach efforts)


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The UIUC Physics Van(and some other outreach
efforts)
Mats Selen, Nov/8/02
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UIUC Physics Van Overview
  • Traveling science show of exciting experiments
    staffed by volunteer undergraduates from all over
    campus.
  • Target area elementary schools (100 mile
    radius).
  • Other venues
  • Illinois State Fair
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Snowmass (Colorado!)
  • Chicago Academy of Sciences
  • Girl/Boy Scouts, Home Schools, BOAST, IMSA etc
  • Many others
  • We have done 320 shows since 1994
  • Seen by over 43,000 kids 3400 adults !
  • We are funded (largely) by the UIUC Physics
    Department.
  • About 5,000 per year for supplies/travel 2 x
    25 TA positions.

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Physics Van How its done
First recruit volunteers
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Rent Van from the UIUC motor-pool and pack it
with interesting experiments
Drive to the show( 1 hour)
5
The Volunteers love it too !
6
Meet the kids
7
Everyone Has Fun
5 sec video clip
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Whys Guy Wednesday Live Shots
  • We do Live Science shots every Wednesday
    morning on Channel 3 (WCIA).
  • Connection to Ch. 3 developed because of Physics
    Van (long story).

45 sec video clip
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Physics 123 How The World WorksA science class
for elementary education majors
  • Current Physical Science requirements is 2
    Gen-Eds
  • Students usually take Nutrition Geography
  • Most are very intimidated by hard science.
  • K-4 Education Standards say elementary school
    teachers should know how to teach quite a bit of
    physics
  • Properties of matter, forces motion, heat,
    sound, light, electricity, magnets
  • We are designing a new 3-hr PS Gen Ed class
    targeting these students (about 150/year).
  • Using inquiry based teaching (working with Ed.
    College).
  • Each Week
  • 2 hour inquiry based lab (Monday)
  • Web based homework instructor feed-back
  • 1 hour lecture/discussion (Friday)

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Physics 123 How The World WorksA science class
for elementary education majors
  • Introduction
  • 1. Uncertainty and the Nature of Science
  • Properties of Matter
  • 2. Atoms and Molecules
  • 3. States of Matter
  • 4. Volume and Density
  • 5. Floating and Sinking
  • Forces and Motion
  • 6. Measuring and Graphing Motion
  • 7. Simple Forces
  • 8. Investigating Gravity
  • 9. Rolling and Ramps
  • 10. Levers Pulleys
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • 11. Playing with simple circuits
  • 12. Understanding Voltage and Current

Prototype offering in Fall/03(probably limit to
20 students)
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Other Efforts
  • Participation in GAMES summer camp for middle
    school girls.
  • Every summer.
  • Physics 111 Labs for High School Students
  • Provide hands on experience with university labs.
  • CyberClub
  • Computer Literacy and Mathematics Enrichment
    Program for Disadvantaged Middle School Youths.
  • The Physics of Baseball (Al Nathan)
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