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ERIC Number: EJ860271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
A Physics Show Performed by Students for Kids: "From Mechanics to Elementary Particle Physics"
Dreiner, Herbi K.
Physics Teacher, v46 n6 p358-362 Sep 2008
Physics students spend the early part of their training attending physics and mathematics lectures, solving problem sets, and experimenting in laboratory courses. The program is typically intensive and fairly rigid. They have little opportunity to follow their own curiosity or apply their knowledge. There have been many attempts to address this deficiency, specifically through outreach activities. For example, since 1984 Clint Sprott (University of Wisconsin) hosts a physics show entitled "The Wonders of Physics!" Dressed up as a circus director and assisted by students, Professor Sprott presents entertaining and educating experiments to a regularly packed auditorium of all age groups. This was in turn inspired by the "Chemistry is Fun" presentations of Basam Shakhashiri (University of Wisconsin), where the students are also involved.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin