Outreach

We have several volunteer opportunities coming up! If you are interested please either email or fill out the form link.

Career Day: October 13th, 2018

Student Panel: Please fill this out

General Volunteering:  Contact – Dr. Feng

  • Will have roles during the duration of the event, will mainly need volunteers to help with sign-in registration and volunteers to lead tour groups.

Email to contact: Xiaofeng.Feng@ucf.edu

Demos in MSB: Contact – Dr. Dubey

  • Will be helping lead physics demos during the afternoon.

Email to contact: Archana.Dubey@ucf.edu

“Bed of Nails” Demo: Contact – Dr. Costas

  • Will be helping conduct the “Bed of Nails” demonstration.

Email to contact: costas@physics.ucf.edu

Experiments during the Lunch Period: Contact – Dr. Vaida

  • Will be leading small experiments that will be going on during the lunch time period of the event.

Email to contact: Mihai.Vaida@ucf.edu

STEM Day: October 26th, 2018

General: Contact – Dr. Feng

  • Will help with various demos during the event.

Email to contact: Xiaofeng.Feng@ucf.edu

“Bed of Nails” Demo: Contact – Dr. Costas

  • Will be helping conduct the “Bed of Nails” demonstration.

Email to contact: costas@physics.ucf.edu

 

Our SPS chapter does outreach work with several faculty members in the physics department. Below are some of the faculty and events we work with.

Raspberry Jam
This is a FREE event set-up with the help of SPS to help people of all experience levels through interactive workshops use the Raspberry Pi micro-controller. SPS is helping coordinate the event and is looking for volunteers and presenters for the event, if you are interested please check out more at the Jam website. The Jam will take place October 15th 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm (Time may change depending on amount of project submissions).
Check out more on the website!

Dr. Efthimiou

Dr. Efthimiou enlists the help of SPS members to run a series of demonstrations for K-12 students to inspire, teach, and guide young students. There are three main demos, the bed of nails, the bed of glass, and the nail sandwich. All three demos explore pressure and use the fact that Pressure = Force/Area to show students that even seemingly dangerous objects like nails or broken glass can be stepped or laid on without harm. This is meant to showcase the explanatory and predictory power of physics. After demos are done, volunteers are actually allowed to lay on the bed of nails to conquer their fears and realize that there is no magic going on to save the presenters, just physics.
After the presentation, a Q&A session occurs where the audience members including students and teachers can ask Dr. Efthimiou and the physics majors questions regarding the presentation, their college experience, or any advice they would have for younger students. These Q&A sessions often yield very insightful discussions and allow for a figurative passing of the torch between the presenters and the next generation of scientists who have been inspired by the demo.

Students participating in the nail bed demonstration

Events held during the year:

Physics Career Exploration Day is geared toward high school students and college students in their first 2 years. The students are invited to bring one or two parents along with them to this career exploration day.
Activities of the Day include:

  • Speakers from the UCF Physics Department
  • Lunch, partly sponsored by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council (techPATH)
  • Tours of UCF facilities
  • Demonstrations (including liquid nitrogen ice cream)
  • Personal discussions with both faculty and students from both departments.

Volunteers of the event help out during the day, but mainly help with the tours. During the tours volunteers either lead or co-lead a group of students to designated locations for demonstrations.

STEM Day at UCF encourages K-12 students to study science and math. In the physics department, there are numerous demonstrations set up to teach several physics topics. Volunteers help out with conducting the demonstrations.