Outreach

The University of Arizona Department of Physics presents meaningful scientific experiences in physics to groups outside the University community. The department has weekly presentations in the Flandrau Science Center for K-12 students of group guided experiments involving mechanics, electricity, thermal physics and optics. We have developed a program to train K-5 teachers in physics basics so they can engage their students in fun science experiences in their classrooms. Each month we host a meeting to support and provide a social network for physics teachers of the Tucson area. Annually, we host an open house where we provide tours into the department's working research labs, as well as a night of fun science demonstrations open to the public.

Physics Discovery

Small-group guided experiments utilizing static electricity generators, liquid nitrogen, lasers and inertia wheels make this interactive event fun as well as educational. In 2013, more than 1,000 Tucson K-12 students enjoyed this activity. For more information about this weekly event, visit the Flandrau Science Center website.

Open House and Group Tours

Guests at the annual Physics Open House in March mingle with department faculty, and tour our working research labs where scientists are working on things such as carbon dating, using lasers as optical tweezers, and hunting for the elusive Higgs-Boson. Check our Events Calendar for date, time and location. Or to inquire about scheduling a private tour for your group, contact Dr. Srinivas Manne at smanne@physics.arizona.edu.

Physics Phun Nite

Occurring annually in November, this free event is open to the public and is the department's most popular event. Physics Department members (faculty, staff, and students) demonstrate fascinating physical principles "without the lecture" such as the Van de Graaff, a bed of nails, optical illusions, singing/dueling sewer pipes, burning bubbles, giant smoke rings, light sabers, rocket propulsion, and so much more! Check our Events Calendar for date, time and location.

R.E.U. Summer Training

Our summer bridge program for Pima Community College students provides research opportunities with distinguished University of Arizona faculty in fundamental and applied sciences. For more information, visit the program webpage or contact Dr. Srinivas Manne at smanne@physics.arizona.edu.

Women In Physics

The Women in Physics club is an active graduate student-run group that aims to promote the inclusion of women in science and to raise awareness of gender biases in physics. All students, scientists, and faculty are welcome to join and attend meetings and events. We organize events ranging from professional development events such as hosting invited speakers from academia and industry, social activities such as BBQs and lunch discussions, and physics outreach such as helping with elementary school science fairs.