Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS April Meeting 2019
Volume 64, Number 3
Saturday–Tuesday, April 13–16, 2019; Denver, Colorado
Session B07: Attracting Young People to Science and Science Policy
10:45 AM–12:33 PM,
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Sheraton Room: Governor's Square 16
Sponsoring Units: FECS FPS
Chair: Kevin Ludwick, LaGrange College
Abstract: B07.00002 : Physics for All: Using Physics Demonstrations to Both Excite and Educate the Public in Science and Science Policy
11:21 AM–11:57 AM
Physics and STEM demonstration shows can be fun and exciting for all who observe them. But the performers of such shows should always have the goal of educating and informing the various audiences that one has attending the shows. There are many layers to the planning and performance of an effective demonstration in regards to equipment, timing, handouts, and staging.
I’ll explain the many ways one can reach your audience effectively for these purposes. I’ll give examples on what type and kind of apparatus to use, examples of thematic demo shows, pacing and timing for an effective performance, and what type of “giveaways” work best to keep them thinking “science”. I’ll also review the common mistakes made by demo show performers, hoping to keep you from making the same ones.
In addition, I’ll review the sources for effective demonstration show apparatus and how to network with the experts and professionals who conduct such shows on a regular basis. I’ll also provide a source for funding the giveaways that are inherent in an effective show.
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