Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Arizona
SPS SOCK (Science Outreach Catalyst Kit) Intern
Society of Physics Students
Outreach is an engaging way of teaching science in which the boundaries of a classroom and a curriculum are broken down and, in their place, grows interactive and fun learning. SPS provides undergraduate physics students with a variety of resources to either kickstart their outreach journey using the Science Outreach Catalyst Kit (SOCK) or simply provide veteran students with some ideas for the next outreach event through the demonstrations on the SPS website. This year’s SOCK uses food to teach about physics in space. The SOCK includes two demos, one that simulates gravitational waves in jello, and the other shows impact craters in a brownie. Besides the SOCK, some general demonstrations were created and uploaded on the SPS website and they range in topic, difficulty, and the target audience. All of these resources are free for any student or any chapter to access and use.
I am a rising senior studying astronomy at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. I am from Los Angeles, California where the stars are barely visible at night. I developed a love for astronomy in elementary school and made a plan to pursue it further to become a research scientist. During my second year of university, I got a job at the Jim and Linda Lee planetarium and it introduced me to the world of outreach, and I fell in love with it. Working at the planetarium allowed me to share my love for astronomy with a diverse audience. I am excited to be spending this summer in D.C. to learn more about outreach and hopefully spread the science along the way.