Dear Physics Outreach Community, We are committed to excellence in physics education and community outreach. Please see below for changes to our programing. Sincerely, Donna Hammer, Director of Education

COVID-19 Update:
The Outreach Team in the Physics Department wants you to know that we miss seeing you at our Physics is Phun shows and our Discovery Day programs. These events are major highlights of our work, and interacting with the community is something we hold dear. In these challenging times, we are happy to announce that we plan to post DIY-at home activities for you and your family! 
We are excited to see all of the remote learning plans being rolled out in our local schools and we are here to help support remote STEM learning in fun and meaningful ways. We hope you enjoy. 

 For a list of upcoming activities, see the Outreach Calendar.

To stay informed about upcoming outreach events, join our mailing list.


  Physics Activities, Did You Know...?, and Useful Links


Today's at Home Activity: Law of Gravity
Build your own electromagnet!
 
Introduction to Aerodynamics Activity Trio
Activity #1 Law of Gravity! 
Activity #3 The Coanda Effect!
 

Did You Know...
  • Did you know we are bringing The Physics of Quidditch Summer Camp to you?!  Check out camp activities HERE.  The summer camp team will truly miss seeing our one-of-a-kind camp community this summer! 

  • l (Eliot Hammer, Coordinator of Public Engagement) met Paul Jaffe, who works in the Spacecraft Engineering Department at the United States Naval Research Laboratory at our February Physics of Fantastic Worlds show.  I was thrilled to learn that Dr. Jaffe and his family enjoyed the show.  I was intrigued when he showed me the prototype of a demonstration he had been developing: the LEctenna.  The phenomenon that this demo displays is fascinating.  I am excited to announce that Dr. Jaffe and his colleagues have officially released the demo!  Click HERE to learn more about the demo, HERE to learn how to build it yourself, and HERE to see Astronaut Jessica Meir present and share the LEctenna from space!” Thank you, Dr. Jaffe, I look forward to seeing you and your family at a future show!
  • Did you know that the Physics Demonstration Facility in the UMD Department of Physics has over 1500 demonstrations! Our Racing Balls demonstration is a favorite!  You can see this demonstration and accept the challenge to predict what will happen when the balls reach the end of the track by clicking here!
 
 
 Useful Links 

Maryland State STEM Festival
https://marylandstemfestival.org/stem-at-home

The Exploratorium
https://www.exploratorium.edu

National Science Foundation - Physics Classroom Resources
https://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/physics.jsp

NASA STEM @ Home
https://www.nasa.gov/stem 

M.O.S.T Commons High School Level Textbook Resource
https://most.oercommons.org/courses/ap-physics

The National Girls Collaborative Project- Register for the CryptoClub Now!
https://ngcproject.org/cryptoclub-exploring-mathematics-in-a-playful-and-engaging-way

Check out some awesome Physics Simulations!
https://www.myphysicslab.com/

Mark Rober, former NASA Engineer, creates a world-class birdhouse!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFZFjoX2cGg&t=929s 

 


Contact:
Eliot Hammer, Coordinator of Public Engagment