High School Outreach Program

Local high school science classes are invited to take part in our Physics Department Outreach Program.

We believe that campus visits by students can create a better understanding of the career opportunities a degree in Physics can achieve. Also, the students can get a taste of what it's like to do research, and of the academic atmosphere at Kent State University in general. Our goal is to increase enrollment, and we believe that exposure to our program will be both educational and informative. Explanations of different degree programs and job marketability of graduates with a B.S. in Physics are also part of the discussion.

High school teachers are invited to contact us to discuss specific interests.  We offer a free, informative program (see sample schedule below), which can be altered to accommodate arrival and departure times.  We will individualize this program to fit the level of students.

Program Schedule

The day begins with a welcome/overview of the KSU Physics Department at 8:45 a.m. in the KSU Planetarium (108 Smith Hall).

After the introduction, guests watch Introduction to the Night Sky, a 40-minute planetarium show, followed by a short Q&A period.  We continue with an hour-long Fun with Physics demonstration, which is given by one of our physics faculty.  This informative show explains basic physics principles while providing entertaining demonstrations.

Next, students are assigned to subgroups to rotate lunch, lab visits, and faculty presentations.  Our faculty experimentalists (and their graduate students) host tours of various research laboratories.  Areas of concentration consist of light scattering, liquid crystal physics, superconductivity, and hot nuclear matter.  Talks and PowerPoint presentations are given by theoretical physicists.  Our teaching labs are also available to show students the kinds of experiments they will perform in college-level physics classes.  (For high-school freshman classes, we can offer a shortened program without lab tours.)

These sessions allow time for questions/discussion of topics with physics faculty and graduate students.  Additionally, our undergraduate majors often volunteer as tour guides.  This type of interaction affords high school students the opportunity to ask our undergraduates what it's really like to study physics.

The programs are scheduled for either Tuesday or Thursday mornings, as the Planetarium is available then.  The best dates are in late October - December (fall semester) and mid-February - April (spring semester).  Group of approximately 30 to 40 students are optimal; however, if you have a larger group we may be able to arrange multiple dates.

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Sample Schedule for Physics Visit

Time Event
8:45 a.m. Students Arrive - Welcome & Overview
9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Planetarium Show
9:50 - 10:50 a.m. Fun with Physics
10:50 a.m. Break
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Faculty Presentations/Teaching Labs
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Research Labs
1:30 p.m. Students Depart

During their campus visit, students will be able to purchase lunch at the Hub (Student Center) where they can mingle with Kent State students and get their first taste of college life.  If time permits, groups may view other points of interest (campus maps provided).  If you wish to add another venue to your visit, check the Events Calendar at www.kent.edu under the menu tab NEWS & EVENTS.

For further information, or to schedule, please contact:

Ms. Deborah Davis
Department of Physics
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Phone: (330) 672-7009
Email: ddavis97@kent.edu