Public Engagement

PhysicsQuest

Introduce Your Middle School Students to the Fun of Physics!

The aim of PhysicsQuest is to introduce students to the basic concepts of physics, through fun experiments that will sustain their interest in math and science. Whether for your science class, home school group, science club, or after-school program, PhysicsQuest can be a valuable tool to spark that interest.

PhysicsQuest experiment kits demonstrate the fun and relevance of science to middle school students as they learn more about the physical world. Although kits for past PhysicsQuest projects are no longer available, your class can still complete the projects. You can download all of the written materials and use the provided materials list to collect everything else you need.

View the latest PhysicsQuest, PhysicsQuest 2021, and discover the wonderful world of Quantum Mechanics.

Learn About PhysicsQuest

PhysicsQuest 2021 Kits

If you sign up to receive a PhysicsQuest 2021 kit, please make sure to also check off that you would like to participate in this Physicists To-Go program on the form, and we will also send you an email with a link to sign up.

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Physicists To-Go

Bringing Real Physicists to the Classroom

Physicists To-Go is a program designed to bring real physicists to classrooms across the country. The goal is to increase science literacy and inspire young minds to develop a passion for science. Sign up to become a Physicist To-Go or sign up to have your classroom paired with a physicist. Learn More

Physicists To Go

Teachers:
If you are an elementary or middle school teacher interested in bringing a real physicist to your classroom, please sign up using the form link below. We will be in contact with you in early 2022 to pair you with a physicist based on matching interest and experience. Teacher Sign Up Form

Wiki Scientists Course

Elevating the Visibility of Minorities and Women Physicists on Wikipedia

Wiki Scientist 2021 graphicWikipedia is one of the most popular and best-known websites in the world. However, you may be surprised to learn that fewer than 18% of the biographies on the site are about women. APS encourages you to take an active role in raising that percentage. Give a voice to the voiceless and impact your field by applying to take our Wiki Scientist Course, Highlighting Women and Minorities in STEM on Wikipedia. The application is open from May 10 to July 09, 2021. Learn more

Historic Sites Initiative

APS Historic Sites

Every year, APS recognizes a select number of sites in the United States where important events in the history of physics took place. Visit our directory of sites and learn how you can nominate your favorite location. Awardees receive a plaque commemorating the site's significance to physics, and a listing in the APS Historic Sites online directory. Learn more

Congratulations to our newest 2021 APS Historic Sites, The Bevatron, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Mayer Hall, University of California, San Diego.

Why Study Physics

Want to Know How and Why? Learn Physics

Are you 5 years old? 105? Want to learn about physics or share physics with others?

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Learn more