Outreach is one of our core missions. Each year we have several activities, such as Physics Phun Night and Physics Open House. The department is also hosting high school teachers and high school students during summer sessions, where the teachers and students can participate in real cutting-edge research in one of our groups. Contact us if you are interested in physics and participate one of these events!


kids experimenting with physics

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

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

Physics Phun Day

Occurring annually in March, this free event is open to the public and is the department's most popular event. Physics Department members (faculty, students and staff) demonstrate, without the lecture, fascinating physical principles 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

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 webpageor contact Dr. Srinivas Manne at smanne@physics.arizona.edu.

Society of Physics Students

Our local chapter of the Society of Physics Students is an undergraduate-run club for like-minded students who share a love for physics. SPS is open to undergrads of any major at the University of Arizona. The biweekly meetings consist of faculty/student talks, physics demonstrations, and social events. We will also be participating in all sorts of outreach events. For more information, visit our website uasps.weebly.com