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Are you 5 years old? 105? Want to learn about physics or share physics with others? We have physics for you.
Grants for Informing the Public
APS Member Outreach Projects Encouraged
Application Deadline: January 11, 2013
APS annually awards several grants up to $10,000 to help APS members develop new physics outreach activities. Programs can be for traditional K-12 audiences or projects for engaging the public. Innovative ideas and new approaches are particularly encouraged. the grant process opens in the fall and new grant awards are announced in late spring.
Apply for an APS Outreach Grant
Summaries of 2013 Proposals
Summaries of 2012 Proposals
Summaries of 2011 Proposals
APS Historic Physics Sites Initiative
APS is identifying historic physics sites in the United States. Once a site is recognized for historic importance, a brass commemorative plaque is presented in an installation ceremony. You can see the sites and submit nominations online.
Historic Sites Initiative
How to Start and Run a Physics Outreach Program
The APS Outreach Guide provides ideas, opportunities, and “how-to” information for physics outreach programs.
APS Outreach Guide
Informing the Public
Watching your favorite movie on DVD. Surfing the web for an elusive piece of information. Saving time and scanning your own barcodes in the self check-out at the grocery store. Without the work of scientists 50 years ago to create the laser, we wouldn’t have these and countless other technologies today. The first laser was successfully operated in 1960. This milestone marks one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century – one that has revolutionized the way we live.
PhysicsQuest is a middle school competition that consists of four physical science experiments centered on a mystery. The experiments are designed to be done by small groups in a classroom or after school setting. Each of the experiments gives students a clue that they need to solve the mystery. Classes can submit their answers online and be entered into a random drawing for prizes. PhysicsQuest kits are provided free to registered classrooms.
World Year of Physics Archive
The World Year of Physics (WYP 2005) was a worldwide celebration of physics and its importance in our everyday lives. WYP 2005 aimed to raise the worldwide awareness of physics and physical science.