Outreach

What does it mean to be a scientist? A scientist is someone who never gets tired of asking the question Why? In this sense, all people are born scientists; some of them just stopped asking questions along the way. Thus, the best approach to teaching the next generation of young scientists is to encourage their intrinsic curiosity at the earliest stage of their education. Based on this thinking, a natural direction for educational outreach is work with students in elementary school, who are well-known for their mastery of the question Why?

I am frequently participating in initiatives that allow me to develop science activities and give talks to students between 1st and 12th grade, as well as undergraduate and graduate college students. The goal of these activities is to introduce the students to the magical world of plasma physics and reveal how mathematics relates to the physical world. Below is a list of topics I have presented to students in the past few years, as well as institutions I have previously worked with.

SCHOOL TALKS

  • What is a scientist?, South Bosque Elementary School, Sept 19, 2018 (2 groups, 20 students each, 1st grade)
  • Dusty plasmas in space, River Valley Intermediate School, April 4, 2018 ( 60 students, 6th grade)
  • Complex plasma experiments on the International Space Station: Present Status and Future Perspectives, Baylor University Department of Physics Colloquium, Sept 26, 2018 (undergraduate and graduate students)
  • Complex plasma experiments on the International Space Station: Present Status and Future Perspectives, Texas Bioscience Institute, Oct 5, 2018 (2 groups, students each, 11th and 12th grade)
  • Research on the International Space Station, science fair at Salado Intermediate School, Nov 4, 2018 (8 groups, 25 students each, 6th and 7th grade)
  • International Space Station, Mountainview Elementary School, Nov 4, 2018 ( students, 3-4st grade)
  • How order emerges from chaos in the mesoscopic world, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Graduate Speaker Series, Baylor university (undergraduate and graduate students)
  • Smart dusty plasma fluids on the ISS, Baylor University Physics Bowl competition, Feb 16, 2019
  • Life and dusty plasma science on the International Space Station, River Valley Intermediate, Feb 20, 2019 (2 groups, students each, 6th grade)
  • Gravity is working against me: Dusty plasmas in space, Rapport Academy, Feb 27, 2019 (5 groups, 15 students each, 8th grade)

SCIENCE COMPETITIONS

  • (Talk) Complex (dusty) plasma physics, Baylor University Physics Bowl competition, Feb 17, 2018
  • Judge coordinator for Baylor University Code Red science competition, Waco, TX, Nov 2018

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Jedi Plasma Physics, plasma physics demonstration and activities for kids, Mayborn Museum Festival of Light, May 18, 2019 (public event)
  • The science of rainbows, physics demonstration and activities for kids, Hewitt Public Library STEAM Fest, July 20, 2019 (public event)
  • “The Plasma Universe”, plasma physics demonstrations and activities for the CTHC Junior Einstein Camp, Aug 1, 2019 (25-35 students, elementary school through high school)

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